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Culturally Responsive Practices to Close the Achievement Gap

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Central Time

Location:
Cooperative Educational Service Agency 1 Office
N25 W23131 Paul Road
Suite 100
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Description:

This in-person bridge event, co-hosted by Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 1 and REL Midwest, focused on culturally responsive practices that show promise in closing achievement gaps and the research that supports these practices. The event included an overview of achievement gaps in Wisconsin from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction staff and an introduction to the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance from Madeline Hafner, Ph.D., of the Minority Student Achievement Network, and Deb Gurke, Ph.D., of REL Midwest. A session led by the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center and Wisconsin Information System for Education walked participants through analyzing district data on disproportionality using a risk ratio approach.

Staff from the Wisconsin RtI Center also led a session on promising culturally responsive practices, and Kyle Fagan of REL Midwest discussed the research literature on research-based practices to close achievement gaps.

The event included opportunities for participants to reflect on existing work and make plans for integrating culturally responsive practices in their districts and classrooms.

Partnership: Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance

Speakers:

  • Mary Gavigan Executive Director, CESA 1
  • Courtney Reed-Jenkins Co-Leader, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network; Special Education Team, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Deb Gurke, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Madeline Hafner, Ph.D., Minority Student Achievement Network, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kent Smith, Regional Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
  • Milaney Leverson, Regional Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
  • Paula Kaiser, Professional Development Specialist, Wisconsin Information System for Education
  • Andreal Davis, Culturally Responsive Practices Statewide Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
  • Michelle Belnavis, Culturally Responsive Practices Regional Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
  • Paula Fernandez, Culturally Responsive Practices Regional Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
  • Kyle Fagan, Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Deb Kerr, Ph.D., Superintendent, Brown Deer School District

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