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 6th Annual National Leadership for Social Justice Institute and Academy:

Leading Proactive High Achieving Schools for All Students

Returning Participants: 2-Day Academy

June 22-23, 2017

Preferred registration is now OPEN only for schools/districts who have attended a previous Institute or Academy.

Registration opens on January 17th for all schools/districts.

New Participants: 3-Day ​Institute

Ju​ly 24-26, 2017

Preferred registration is now OPEN only for schools/districts who have attended a previous Institute or Academy.

Registration opens on January 17th for all schools/districts.

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Institute and Academy Overview

This annual professional development opportunity supports state, regional, district leadership, building leadership, and grade level teacher teams to move from a deficit-based to proactive system based on Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity. Participants will affirm their commitment to eliminate inequities across rural, urban, and suburban districts. Teams will engage in a deep ICS Equity Audit analysis of their school, district, region, or state and complete an Equity Action Plan based on the ICS Four Cornerstones for integrated, high achieving schools.

Schools and districts who have completed the Institute in previous years and whom are deeply engaged in the work will help facilitate content and share their achievements and challenges. Participants will network and collaborate, and in so doing, develop an on-going community of support and accountability beyond the event.

Institute and Academy Agendas

          Click the links below to view daily agendas for each event.

Academy Agenda                   Institute Agenda                  


New for 2017!

  • Institute week, free access to implementation modules, or purchase a year access at Institute discount (contact
  • Option for ICS coaching following the Institute
  • Become an ICS certified site
  • Monthly ICS live webinars

Who Should Attend?

  • State Teams
  • Regional Teams
  • District Leadership Teams (directors of special education/curriculum instruction, superintendents, business manager/HR, and possible principals from Building Leadership Teams)

  • Building Leadership Teams (principal, assistant principal, representatives from Grade Level Teams including special education, general education, arts, physical education, ELL/bilingual teachers, school psychologists, interventionists, reading specialists, etc.)

  • Grade Level Teacher Teams - as long as the Grade Level Teams are attending with the Building Leadership Teams. Grade level teams include special education, general education, arts, physical education, ELL/bilingual teachers, interventionists, reading specialists, etc.)

Why Should You Attend?

Guided by the ICS Four Cornerstones, state, regional, district, building, and grade level teacher teams will develop/revise Equity Action Plans for systems change that:

  • Examine your own identity development and how that impacts leading for equity
  • Use equity audit data to drive equity change (lead beyond RtI)
  • Transform service delivery for all students (e.g., special education, ELL, Title I, gifted)
  • Create culturally/linguistically responsive universally designed instruction
  • Develop teacher and organizational capacity
  • Leverage policy, merge funding and reallocate resources​

Registration ​ 

Names of participants are not required to register a group. Secure your spots now and submit names of attendees later.

UW-Madison Credit

Earn UW-Madison credits for your work throughout the National Leadership and Social Justice Institute and Academy.

NLSJ Academy (June 22-23): 1 credit    Cost: $193.20
NLSJ Institute (July 24-26): 3 credits    Cost: $597.97

Information on how to apply to UW-Madison and enroll in your course will be posted when available.

Please contact Matthew Freid at (716) 553-2654 or with any registration questions.

​Returning Participants: 2-Day Academy

​June 22-23, 2017

Pricing below is a discounted rate for previous 
attendees and ends on January 17th.

Individual: $275

Groups of 3-9: $250

Groups of 10 or more: $200

New Participants: 3-Day ​Institute

​July 24-26, 2017

Pricing below is a discounted rate for previous 
attendees and ends on January 17th.

Individual: $410

Groups of 3-9: $380

Groups of 10 or more: $300

Refund Policy

If you have registered and cancel 60 days or more before the event starts you will receive a full refund of the registration amount minus a $50 administrative fee.  If you cancel less than 60 days in advance of the event there will be no refund. Please contact Matthew Freid at for more information.

Institute and Academy Information


The 2-Day Academy (June 22-23) will be held in the Wisconsin Idea Room in the Education Building on campus located at 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706.

The 3-Day Institute (July 24-26) will be held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building on campus located at 330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI, 53715.


A detailed schedule for both events will be posted when it is available.

Visitor's Information

Lodging options (w/discounted rate) on campus:



2017 Facilitators

Elise Frattura, Ph.D. is an associate professor and department chair at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Department of Exceptional Education and Educational Administration. Dr. Frattura has !ve years experience as a high school teacher and 13 years as a school district student services and special education administrator, during which time she functioned as an adjunct lecturer at UW-Madison, teaching courses related to diversity in elementary and secondary administration of services for all learners. Currently she is teaching courses in the area of district office administrative leadership for teaching and learning of all students, organizational leadership, and special education law.

Dr. Frattura researches and publishes in the area of nondiscrimination law, integrated comprehensive services for all learners, and the theoretical underpinnings of educational segregation. In addition, she works with school districts across the country to assist in the movement from programs to services through a participatory formative analysis approach that she has developed and written about. Recently she completed "Leading for Social Justice" and her 2nd edition of "Meeting the Needs of All Learners" published in December of 2008. 



Elise Frattura

       E. Frattura  

Department of Exceptional Education and
Educational Administration
Associate Professor,
School of Education 
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Colleen A. Capper is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and teaching focus on systems change in schools and districts that advance the learning of all students. She has published extensively on leadership for social justice and equity, including three books: Leading for Social Justice: Transforming Schools for All Learners; Meeting the Needs of Students of All Abilities: Leading Beyond Inclusion (2nd edition) (both with Elise Frattura), and Educational Administration in a Pluralistic Society. She works with schools and districts across the country on redesigning service delivery for all students and raising achievement for typically marginalized students and advanced learners in integrated ways.

Capper is currently involved in three related lines of inquiry: 1) Schools that raise and sustain the academic achievement of students of color, low income students, students with disabilities, language diverse students, and advanced learners of all demographics in inclusive ways; 2) preparing and developing leaders to lead these schools; and 3) multiple epistemological perspectives of organizations and administration that can inform the development and practice of leading for social justice.



Colleen Capper 

    Colleen Capper 

Department of Educational 
Leadership and Policy Analysis
 Professor, School of Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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