Wisconsin Act 31 in PK-16 Education

 

 

 

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About Lori M​ueller

Lori Mueller​ is a 3rd grade Elementary ​teacher at Bowler Elementary School in Bowler, Wisconsin. Lori has taught at Bowler in the Shawano district for 22 years, and received the 2010 Herb Kohl Fellowship award.   

Principal Kathy DeLorme said Mueller always goes above and beyond expectations, and has been a bridge between the community and the school.  “Lori’s done a lot with the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe, from tribal training in summer to having classes help illustrate books for the tribe,” she said. “In the summer we can’t pay her enough, she triples and quadruples the budget we give her to make summer school activities fun and rewarding for the kids.”

Read more about Lori's 2010 Herb Kohl Fellowship award.

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Four Approaches
  1. Learn about the 12,000 year span of human history of the Great Lakes, including the 12 contemporary nations and explore personal schemas & enduring stereotypes of American Indians
  2. Receive instruction in the scope & language of Act 31 along with history, culture & sovereignty of WI Indian nations
  3. Analyze & critique the approaches of curriculum and materials
  4. Modify or create curriculum addressing Act 31 and reflect through portfolios 

 

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. 

 

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​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.


  

Act 31 on the UW Campus

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.


  

News and Media Resources

The following links are to media resources, television, and radio that covers news and entertainment for and about American Indian nations and tribal communities across Wisconsin, the United States, and Canada.