American Indian Education

Project State

The American Indian Education (AIE) work is in its fourth year. Over the course of the first 3 years of the program, MWCC worked with DPI and the 11 American Indian tribes in Wisconsin, as well as school districts that frequently serve American Indian students, to develop a memorandum of understanding that could be used when working together to provide services to American Indian students. MWCC provided a scan of policies and curricula other states have in place to support American Indian students. In Year 5, DPI will work with MWCC to develop a guide that educators, schools, districts, and tribal education departments will use to evaluate and enhance existing American Indian educational materials and resources for classrooms and libraries. DPI also will have the opportunity to engage in regional and national professional networks, including the American Indian Education Regional Collaborative, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the new Indian Education Director Community of Practice.

State Goal

To address achievement gaps, specifically increasing college and career readiness from 32 percent to 67 percent; increase the graduation rate from 85.7 percent to 92 percent; and close college and career readiness gaps by 50 percent.

  • MWCC is assisting DPI to increase the capacity of its teachers to implement culturally relevant curriculum and instructional practices for American Indian students and their non-Native American peers through the pilot of a teacher professional development module on sovereignty.
  • MWCC is providing technical assistance to DPI related to the following objectives:
    • To position AIE sovereignty module work for stakeholder input, piloting, and process replication through regional collaborative work with Minnesota.
    • To develop an American Indian Studies (AIS) resource evaluation tool.
    • To network and collaborate with the Cross-Center Collaborative, CCSSO, and the Indian Education Director Community of Practice