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CREATE - Culturally Responsive Education for All: Training and Enhancement

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CREATE begins with one question: Why?

Why don’t students from diverse backgrounds achieve at the same level as their peers?

Why are students from diverse backgrounds enrolled in special education more often than their peers? 

To answer these questions, CREATE mobilizes educators to reflect on their educational practices.  The objective is to identify strategies that contribute to eliminating the achievement gap and utilize those approaches through professional development, training and technical assistance.  


American Indian Student Achievement Network

Districts with significant populations of American Indian students are collaborating to identify barriers to learning that limit American Indian students. Together, these united districts will hold professional development and training sessions to better serve the American Indian populations in their districts.

For more information, contact:

Gokee, Andrew
Project Coordinator
Email
715-346-4147

 


Checklist for Addressing Disproportionality

This checklist is designed as a tool to assist states and districts in analyzing special education data. This resource allows them to take steps to reduce racial disproportionality. This checklist helps educators analyze their identification practices, and pinpoints areas for improvement.

For more information, contact:

Cole, Juliet
Conference Co-Coordinator
Email
920-465-1457
Collins, Rebecca
Project Coordinator
Email
715-453-2141
Fredericks, Sharon
Project Coordinator
Email
715-851-4594
Gokee, Andrew
Project Coordinator
Email
715-346-4147
Kampa, Mary
Project Coordinator
Email
715-416-0609
Moe, Melissa
Project Coordinator
Email
715-986-2020 ext. 2127
Warthen, Chrishirella
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Grant Director
Email
608-267-9160

CREATE Conference

This annual conference will enhance educators’ understanding and application of research-based, culturally responsive policies, procedures and practices.  This conference replaces the Summer Institute on Disproportionality. 

For more information, contact:

Cole, Juliet
Conference Co-Coordinator
Email
920-465-1457
Collins, Rebecca
Project Coordinator
Email
715-453-2141
CREATE E-Newsletter

 


CREATE E-Newsletter

The CREATE E-Newsletter is a monthly publication containing the latest research on promising practices in culturally responsive education, news, research, professional development and training opportunities. The CREATE E-Newsletter informs teachers, administrators and district leaders of CREATE projects and related news from across the nation.

 

For more information, visit the E-Newsletter Archive.


Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Project

Culturally responsive education begins with early childhood programs.  For this reason, the CREATE initiative is focusing outreach efforts on Birth to 3 programs, child care resource and referral programs, and Head Start providers.

This component connects tribal and non-tribal partners.  The result will be the development of culturally responsive early childhood education and care practices, guidelines for culturally responsive early childhood special education screening and assessment practices, and a checklist for addressing disproportionality in early childhood programs.

For more information, contact:

Fredericks, Sharon
Project Coordinator
Email
715-851-4594
Mary's CREATE Wisconsin Story on YouTube

Needs Assessment and Professional Development Strategic Plans

As part of the CREATE initiative, Wisconsin school districts that have been identified as having significant disproportionality needs will be invited to assemble a team to complete a needs assessment on district practices that affect students of different backgrounds.  The district needs assessment team will identify practices and policies that may be contributing to disproportionality. Based on the needs identified in the assessment, the district team will make recommendations for future professional development offerings.

For more information, contact:

Kampa, Mary
Project Coordinator
Email
715-416-0609

Professional Development Opportunities

These academies will be developed to share best practices and new approaches in reaching students from diverse backgrounds.  The first academies will take place during the 2009-10 school year.

For more information, contact:

Moe, Melissa
Project Coordinator
Email
715-986-2020 ext. 2127