Act 31 & Indigenous Education

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.

School of Education Resources

The Career Center is committed to supporting the lifelong career development and success of the School of Education students and alumni. The Career Center provides career exploration resources, assistance with job and graduate school searches and applications, interviewing workshops, and job placement opportunities through job fairs.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature. The CCBC is a non-circulating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature.

Field Day Learning Games 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.

MERIT (Media, Education Resources, and Information Technology) is a library and technology service unit that serves community partners and the UW-Madison School of Education. MERIT provides check-out of books and classroom materials. They also offer laptops and other digital equipment check-out, such as camcorders & tripods. MERIT also offers reservable spaces, computer labs, and quiet study rooms, as well as a laminator and color and large-format printing.

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.

Office of Child Care and Family Resources, promotes the academic and professional goals of the University of Wisconsin community through the administration of early education and family support programs.

Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE) Our amazing outreach office in the School of Education designs and supports professional and community learning programs in education, the arts, and health, such as the Advanced Placement Summer Institute, the Coalition for Leading Anti-Racist Schools, and the Maker Educator Leadership Certificate Program.

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Formerly the office of Student Diversity Programs.

Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative The WCER Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative 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 advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students. WIDA is in the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

UW-Madison Resources

UW–Madison offers campus-wide tutoring supports through campus Learning Centers, as well as through the Greater University Tutoring Service.

McBurney Disability Resource Center is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive educational experience for our students by providing academic accommodations so our students can engage, explore and participate in the Wisconsin Idea.

Spoken Word Teacher support for bringing Spoken Word programming into classroom curriculum and participation in Hip Hop in the Heartland activities.

Other Resources

DPI, The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.