Act 31 & American Indian Curriculum Services Resources
Through Act 31, schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least three times throughout a student’s K-12 career and to maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures. The Act’s greatest impact on programs at the University of Wisconsin, is that each teacher seeking a license from the state must have instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty.
Meeting the requirement of Act 31 is more than an obligation for certification; it represents our university’s commitment to serve our diverse communities and the American Indian tribes and bands who reside within its borders. The Act 31 Coordinator connects with various partners in the School of Education and across the State of Wisconsin to develop the Act 31 implementation plan for the School of Education.
Here are some curated resources:
DPI, The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.
Field Day Lab brings a design team, including the software engineers, artists, and education researchers with diverse disciplinary backgrounds, to support the development and implementation of the educator’s vision.
Field Experience handbook. Students and staff are responsible for knowing and complying with policies in the handbook.
Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is a national coalition of multiracial school districts that have come together to understand and eliminate achievement/opportunity gaps that persist in their schools.
Network Fellows are graduate students who take up projects in the community to learn, contribute, and support projects of approximately 60 hours.
Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE) Our amazing outreach office in the School of Education hosts professional learning opportunities, such as Literacy By the Lakes, Greater Madison Writing Project, Advance Placement Summer Institute, many online courses, and so much more.
School of Education MERIT Library A library and information technology unit in the School of Education. MERIT offers instructional technology support, as well as reservable computer classrooms and meeting spaces. MERIT Library has a laminator and large-format printer available for all users, materials charges apply. Community and school users can go to Memorial Library to receive a free Courtesy Card which allows users to check-out materials from MERIT and most other UW-Madison campus libraries: https://www.library.wisc.edu/borrow-request/borrowing-policies/courtesy-card-holders/
Spoken Word Teacher support for bringing Spoken Word programming into classroom curriculum and participation in Hip Hop in the Heartland activities.
WCER Evaluation Clinic The WCER Evaluation Clinic responds to small-scale evaluation needs in our community by matching trained graduate students within the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative and the LEAD Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with schools and community organizations in Dane County. The Clinic is housed at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and directed by Annalee Good.
WiDA’s goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students. WiDA is in the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.