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Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit 2020

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Sun Prairie, WI 53590

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UPDATE: The 2020 Summer Summit is on! We will hold a virtual and modified version of our annual event, complete with plenary and breakout sessions and plenty of opportunities for networking - all online! We're working on the logistics, but stay tuned for details and register today!

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


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!

2020 Summer Summit theme: Public Education and Democracy

Strong public schools are the heart of a strong democracy and public education is a fundamental human and civil right. How do we best protect these rights and ensure that every child in every public school has equal opportunity to receive an equally excellent public education? How do we preserve local control of local schools? How do we ensure that those we elect to represent us make decisions in the best interests of the children and communities they serve? How do we know where candidates stand on the issues that matter most to kids? How can we organize our communities to take a strong stand in support of local students? What does "civic engagement" really mean - in the classroom and in the community? How can we work together in 2020 and beyond to demand and deliver the change our kids deserve? Let's dig deep into all of these questions and get inspired to take action!

JOIN US on Friday, July 24, 2020 for our sixth annual ALL-STATE ** VIRTUAL ** 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 sixth annual Summer Summit will include:

NOTE: AGENDA IS STILL BEING MODIFIED TO ACCOMODATE AN ALL-ONLINE EVENT. All in-person events including the dinner and July 23 opening reception have been cancelled.

  • Morning Meeting featuring Governor Tony Evers, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Thompson, a welcome from the Sun Prairie team, including Superintendent Brad Saron and school board president Steve Schroeder, and annual & team reports from Wisconsin Public Education Network

  • Panel discussion: Public Education, Public Opinion & Democracy moderated by Julie Underwood featuring Angela Lang (Executive Director of BLOC, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities) and Charles Franklin (Marquette University pollster).

  • Featured session with UW-Madison's Dr. John Diamond, author of Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (BONUS! Join the book study and get a free copy of the book with your registration! The book study is full, but you can join the waitlist and learn more here: https://forms.gle/yk9wZaRdjoV9XvM16).

  • Relevant and engaging breakout sessions & workshops 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!

The theme of this year's summit is Public Education and Democracy.

Our sessions, led by state and national education experts, local level organizers, and leaders in education advocacy, will reflect on this theme in many ways:

  • The role our public schools play in preparing students to be productive, contributing members of a healthy democracy
  • What democracy means to strong public schools
  • How the glaring inequities and challenges get in the way of achieving our goals for students and schools
  • #VotePublic 2020: What "local control" really entails; the importance of electing strong advocates for public schools, and holding them accountable; how partisanship disrupts our common value of the public school and complicates its place as a cornerstone of democracy
  • Best practices and hard lessons on all of the above!
  • Action-focused strategies for collaborating to demand the schools our children deserve so that every student has equal opportunity to succeed!

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!

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

SPACE IS LIMITED! Click "REGISTER" to register now!

Back by popular demand: Silent Auction! Bid on treasures and goodies from districts around the state!

Donations needed! We challenge local teams and individuals 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@WisconsinNetwork.org.

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

Registration fees:

  • BLUE RIBBON PARTNER VIP PACKAGE! Join the Network with a tax-deductible contribution of $100 and get a FREE T-SHIRT with one-year Wisconsin Public Education Network individual partnership! Join the Network at the Blue Ribbon level and support the work we do year-round!
  • EARLY BIRD RATE! Register by March 1, 2020 for just $25! ($40 after March 1; $45 at the door)
  • Student Rate - Summit only (student and struggling activist rate; includes lunch): $15
  • 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.
  • Sun Prairie Educators and Staff: FREE! Thanks to the generous support of the Sun Prairie Area School District, all district staff and educators are invited to register for free.
  • Madison Teachers Inc Members: Bring a parent or community partner and BOTH of your tickets are on MTI! Have your companion's name/email ready and use the MTI Teacher/Parent pass to register!
  • Monona Grove Educators and Staff: FREE! Thanks to the generous support of the Monona Grove School District, all district staff and educators are invited to register for free.
  • Green Bay Education Association members: FREE to the first 20 members who register!
  • DISTRICT DISCOUNT RATE for educators. If your district would like to sponsor educators/staff/others to attend and receive professional development points, let us know! We'll charge the Early Bird Rate ($25 person AND your staff can join the Book Study as well!) The best PD package you'll find anywhere! Contact hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org to learn more about setting up a district rate ticket.

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

Scholarships & Reduced Price Tickets: It is important 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 could not otherwise attend due to costs.

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!

Tabling and Vendors:

We usually have tables for teams, but are rethinking how we can do this virtually in 2020. If you've got ideas, please let us know!

TRAVEL, LODGING and more: no longer needed for 2020 but thanks to Hilton Garden Inn and Quality Inn and Suites for their help with group reservations. If you need to cancel lodging, please contact the hotel directly at the links below:

  • Hilton Garden Inn, 1220 S Grand Ave, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. Conference rate: $149/night (double queen). Two ways to reserve:

    1. To book online please visit www.madisonsunprairie.hgi.com
    Enter date(s)
    Enter group code 72320
    2. To make reservations by phone, call the Hotel Front Desk at 608-856-4500 and ask for the group “WI Public Education”

  • Quality Inn and Suites, 105 Business Park Drive, Sun Prairie, WI, 53590, US. Conference rate: $125/night (double queen). To book, call (608) 834-9889

This year's Summer Summit is hosted by our friends at the Sun Prairie Area School District and Sun Prairie Education Assocation, with partnership from Support Sun Prairie Schools and Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC). Many thanks to the members of the local planning team for their hospitality, hard work and support!

This event is made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors, including:


Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA)
Edgewood College School of Education
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Foundation for Madison's Public Schools
Kobussen Buses Ltd.
WEAC Region 6

Red Apple Sponsors:

Brey Architects
Buck & Honey's
Salvatore's Tomato Pies
Sun Prairie Area School District
Wisconsin Education Association Council
Monona Grove School District
Green Bay Education Association


Organizations wishing to sponsor the event or place an ad in our program are invited to contact Heather DuBois Bourenane at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org or (608) 572-1696.

Connect. Learn. Take Action.

Join the growing movement to support Wisconsin public schools. Click REGISTER today!
We encourage 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!

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