Mending the Social Fabric

A two-day workshop designed for social studies and environmental education teachers in grades 8-12, as well school administrators and any school personnel working with diversity and multicultural issues. Participants will learn tools and techniques to engage students in respectful dialogue in order to encourage cooperation.

This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment!
June 26-27, 2013​ 
Stevens Point, WI 54481 
Registration Fee: $150 
Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Fee: $75 

Sponsored by:

With Support from:
And The National Endowment for the Humanities

About the workshop

Our social fabric needs constant mending. One indicator of damaged social fabric in Wisconsin has to do with land relations among Indian and Non-Indian communities. Tensions can and do periodically arise over land and water ownership and use.
Social studies teachers and environmental education teachers will encounter ideas in this Workshop to help them mend the social fabric over the long term by showing their students how to engage in respectful dialogue in order to encourage cooperation among Indian and non-Indian communities to deal effectively with different perspectives on land and water at the local level.
By using the example of Indian/non-Indian relations concerning land ownership around Legend Lake in the Menominee Reservation/County to show the need for respectful dialogue, social studies teachers can help meet the requirements Act 31 of 1989 and the requirements of the existing Academic Standards for Social Studies, including:
Examples in the past and in the present day include:
· the debates over off-reservation fishing;
· fears about environmental pollution affecting tribal and non-tribal lands from the Crandon mine;
· if, where and when to hunt wolves;
· improving water quality of lakes, rivers and streams flowing through tribal lands;
· funding of local schools and roads from property taxation and from tribal contributions;
· co-management of protected areas by tribal and non-tribal organizations;
· treaties and the disposition of US Federal Government lands no longer needed by the US government
· impacts of iron mining on tribal and non-tribal food, water and cultural resources.

Learning Outcomes

In this two-day workshop designed primarily for social studies teachers, participants will:
  • Develop an increased knowledge of American Indian land issues in both historical and contemporary context.

  • Gain an enhanced understanding of the Indian/Non-Indian land relations in Wisconsin as exemplified by the Menominee Legend Lake case, using the "inquiry" approach. Participants will learn about the perspectives of Menominee and non-Menominee land "owners" within the framework of the Wisconsin Academic Standards for Social Studies.

  • Become familiarized with the Circle methodology as a teaching tool for dealing with complex social tensions and peacemaking in schools.


Academic Standards for Social Studies

By using the example of Indian/Non-Indian relations concerning land ownership around Legend Lake in the Menominee Reservation/County to show the need for respectful dialogue, Social Studies teachers can help meet the requirements of the existing Academic Standards for Social Studies. These standards include:
  • Geography: A.12.13 Give examples and analyze conflict and cooperation in the establishment of cultural regions and political boundaries
  • History: B.12.12 Analyze the history, culture, tribal sovereignty, and current status of the American Indian tribes and bands in Wisconsin
  • Political Science: C.12.8 Locate, organize, analyze, and use information from various sources to understand an issue of public concern, take a position, and communicate the position
  • Behavioral Science: E.12.11 Illustrate and evaluate ways in which cultures resolve conflicting beliefs and practices
  • This workshop also satisfies the requirements for Act 31. 



Click Here for the Schedule and a list of speakers.



For question about the workshop registration or schedule please contact:
Wayne Sorenson
UWSP Continuing Education                                       
For question about earning UW-Stevens Point credit please contact:
Cathy Scheder
College of Professional Studies Continuing Education