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Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit 2019

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Central High School

1801 Losey Boulevard South

La Crosse, WI 54601

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Don't miss Wisconsin's public education event of the year!

What will it really take to make sure every child in every Wisconsin public school truly thrives? Join parents, community members, educators, board members and school leaders from around the state for an action-focused day of learning, connecting and strategizing on what's best for the 860,000 kids attending Wisconsin's public schools!

JOIN US at Cental High School in La Crosse on August 5, 2019, for our fifth annual ALL-STATE CONVENING of Wisconsin PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCATES and SUPPORTERS!

WHAT: A full day of motivating presentations, action-focused strategy sessions, and informational breakouts led by Wisconsin public education advocates and experts. Our fifth annual Summer Summit includes all of the following and more:

  • 8:00-9:00 am Registration, breakfast & mingling
  • 9:00-10:15 Morning Meeting (Auditorium) featuring Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor and Governor Tony Evers, a welcome from La Crosse Superintendent Randy Nelson and school board president Laurie Cooper Stoll, and annual & team reports from Wisconsin Public Education Network
  • 10:30-11:00 A Blue Ribbon Budget? What's Best for Kids...And How Do We Get There? (Auditorium) - a conversation with local and school leaders moderated by Terri Phillips, Executive Director, Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance featuring Chris Hambuch-Boyle (former school board member, educator and local organizer, Eau Claire), Julie Underwood (Blue Ribbon Commission member, UW-Madison professor), Tom Wermuth (superintendent, River Valley)
  • 11:10-12:25 pm Breakout 1
  • 12:25-1:25 LUNCH
  • 1:25-2:40 Breakout 2
  • 2:50-4:05 Breakout 3
  • 4:15-5:00 Closing Keynote:"What's Best for Kids" presentation with very special guests
  • World-class breakout sessions with school leaders, educators, experts and experienced organizers on school funding, local level organizing, issues facing our students and schools, current legislative issues, and much more!

  • Lunch, light breakfast/coffee, and afternoon refreshments are included with registration

  • An optional dinner follows aboard the La Crosse Queen riverboat for those who wish to continue the conversation and connect with other supporters of public schools.

The theme of this year's summit is WHAT'S BEST FOR KIDS - a question and a directive that's at the heart of both Governor Tony Evers' inaugural budget and is the motto of our hosts at the La Crosse Education Association.

Our sessions will reflect on what practices and priorities will ensure the best results for our students, and what we can do together to ensure every student thrives. Our sessions are led by state and national education experts, local level organizers, and leaders in education advocacy.

Over 20 breakout and plenary sessions led by advocates, state and national experts include:

  • School Funding 101: Get the Facts
  • Joy in the Ordinary
  • Working Effectively with Elected Officials
  • Addressing Racial Disparities in Education in Wisconsin: Should Schools Be Colorblind?
  • Referenda: What works and what doesn't? What Else Could We Have Done?
  • How Community Schools create transformational change for students, families and neighborhoods
  • Education Behind Bars: Their Only Hope
  • Advocacy that Works: The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
  • Benefits of Coalition Building
  • Student-Centered Discipline
  • Strategies for Creating Equity and Doing Social Justice Work in K-12 Schools
  • Wisconsins Student Loan Debt: Changing the Landscape
  • Hunger in Schools: why food pantries aren't the answer
  • How School Privatization Opens the Door for Discrimination
  • Non-Partisan Advocacy for Democracy: From Fair Maps, Census, and Local Organizing
  • School Funding - The Conversation Continues
  • Collaboration between teacher unions and school districts
  • Examining White Privilege
  • Excellence with Equity: A Talent Development Perspective on Gifted Education
  • Be the G.O.A.T. - Learn About Your Vote
  • How to Stop the "X"odus
  • Voucher Transparency & Community Partnerships
  • What's Best for Kids: Experts Speak Out

Whether you're new to education advocacy or a veteran school leader, our Summer Summit creates opportunities for productive, meaningful conversations about how to achieve together the change our children deserve. Don't miss Wisconsin's public education event of the year!

WHO: All parents, students, educators, administrators, school board members, and community supporters of Wisconsin public schools and their students are invited to attend. This is an opportunity to get connected, learn from each other, and be a part of the growing movement to support our public schools and the students they serve. Our goal is to create opportunities for local-level actions that have a state-level impact. Your voice is needed in this conversation!

SPACE IS LIMITED! Advanced Registration includes lunch. Click "TICKETS" to register now!

Lunch is included
with registration (select your meal preference when you register). Assorted salads and cookie or brownie plus beverages are included with sandwiches on a kaiser roll (include cheese, lettuce and tomato):

  • ham
  • turkey
  • roast beef
  • veggie
  • gluten free option available

Dinner (optional) follows for an additional charge of $40. Continue the conversation over dinner on the Mighty Mississippi aboard the La Crosse Queen riverboat, featuring a very special guest speaker!

Back by popular demand: Silent Auction! Bid on treasures and goodies from districts around the state! Bring your checkbooks! Credit cards also accepted.
We challenge local teams to help support our schools by donating a big-ticket item or basket that represents the community they serve. To donate a basket or item for the auction, contact Jenni at jenni.hofschulte@gmail.com

VOTE PUBLIC and GO PUBLIC merchandise (t-shirts, bumper stickers, pins, buttons and more!) will also be available for sale at the event!

Tabling and Vendors
CONNECT! Advocacy teams and non-profit public education organizations wishing to display brochures, sign up lists, etc (specify needs at check-out) are welcome to set up a table in our exhibition space free of charge. You can request table space at check-out.

There is also limited space for select vendors (anyone selling anything) and other exhibitors. Vendor tables are $250 each to vendors upon approval (use ticket option VENDOR TABLE at checkout to apply - fees will be refunded if the application is not accepted).

Sponsorship and Advertsing
Organizations wishing to sponsor the event or place an ad in our program are invited to contact Heather DuBois Bourenane at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org.

Registration fees:

  • BLUE RIBBON PARTNER VIP PACKAGE! Join the Network with a tax-deductible contribution of $100 and get FREE lunch, dinner and a T-SHIRT with one-year Wisconsin Public Education Network individual partnership! Help us launch our individual partnership campaign by joining at the Blue Ribbon level and support the work we do year-round!
  • Student Rate - Summit only (student and struggling activist rate; includes lunch): $15
  • Summit + Dinner: $80
  • Dinner only: $40
  • Scholarship option is available to those who cannot attend without financial support. Those who wish to donate to the scholarship fund may also do so by making an additional donation of any amount at checkout.
  • La Crosse Educators: FREE as a kick-off to the Summer Institute! Thanks to the generous support of the La Crosse School District and the La Crosse Educators Assocation, all district staff and educators and LEA members are invited to register for free. Includes lunch!

Please note that a handling charge from Eventbrite will also be added to your order.

NOTE: It is important to us that all who wish to be part of these important conversations are able to attend, and we have priced our tickets to cover actual costs. A reduced price ticket is available at the "struggling activist" rate, and full scholarships are available to those who cannot register due to financial hardship. We invite you to bring a friend, community member, parent, educator or board member from your district with you to the Summit! Help us widen our reach and ensure that all voices are heard at our tables!

To sponsor a scholarship or make an additional donation to WAES, please add your donation to the "donation" field on the order form. Your contributions make possible our efforts to unite communities in support of public schools!


HOTEL Rooms have been reserved at the La Crosse Radisson (200 Second Street South, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601) at the special rate of $112 (2 queen beds) or $82 (1 king bed) + tax. Here's how to reserve your discounted room:

  • Call the Radisson directly Mon-Fri. 9am-5pm CST at 608-784-6680 or call the Central Reservations line 24 hours a day at 1-800-333-3333. Be sure to mention the Wisconsin Public Education Network to receive this discounted price on lodging for Summit attendees.

  • Reserve online at http://www.radisson.com/lacrossewi using promo code Summit.

Reservations must be made by July 15, 2019 to guarantee the Summit rate.

STAY LOCAL! We may be able to match you with a local team member willing to provide lodging for out of town guests. If you'd like to stay with a local host, please select the "need lodging" option when you register for the Summit and we'll be in touch. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Local folks: there's also an option to let us know if you can put up a guest on Sunday or Monday night.


If you're traveling from out of town, please note that the Summit begins at 9:00 am. Registration and morning refreshments begin at 8:00 am.

This year's Summer Summit is hosted by our friends at the La Crosse Area School District and La Crosse Education Assocation, with partnership from the Coulee Region Public Education Network. Many thanks to the members of the local planning teamfor their hospitality and support!

This event is made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors, including:
Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA)
La Crosse Education Association
La Cross Area School District

Contact Heather at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org or (608) 572-1696

Join the movement to support Wisconsin public schools. Register for the August 5th Summer Summit today!

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