WisconsinAct31.org in PK-16 Education
Act 31 on the UW Campus
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. (Source)
Aaron Bird, Interim Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Retention Specialist of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin at the monthly AES lecture in Madison – Photograph Effigy Mounds Initiative
Act 31 Across Wisconsin
The state of Wisconsin was charged with creating a curriculum for grades 4-12 on American Indian treaty rights. It included a mandate for school programming to give students an understanding of different value systems, cultures, and human relations.
Schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least 3 times throughout a student’s K-12 career and must maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures. (Source)
What is Wisconsin Act 31?
Where do we begin?