The 7th Annual SUMMER SUMMIT took place on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 at Sun Prairie High School (and via Zoom for virtual participants).

Universal 2021 Summit archive/resources:

2021 archive: recordings and resources

Morning Meeting featuring Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly and Governor Tony Evers + welcome from Mayor Paul Esser, Sun Prairie Area School District Superintendent Brad Saron, Board President Steve Schroeder and Vice President Bryn Horton, Sun Prairie educator and Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Chris Gleason, and Wisconsin Public Education Network Executive Director Heather DuBois Bourenane
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Breakout 1 (see below for sessions)

Keynote: Closing the Gaps with Keron Blair, Executive Director, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools
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(Video clip from full plenary/keynote recording)

Lunch

Breakout 2  (see below for sessions)

Breakout 3  (see below for sessions)

Critical Conversation: Closing the Gaps with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings and Dr. Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr.
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(Video clip from full plenary/keynote recording)

Pre-recorded message from Senator Tammy Baldwin
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Call to Action + Closing Remarks: Wisconsin Public Education Network: Announcement of Drawing winners and presentation of the Changemaker of the Year Award
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Breakout 1

1A. VIRTUAL SESSION:  Closing the Gaps Nationwide: Advocacy Lessons from Around the Country. Panel of advocates from Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi and more! Nancy Loome, The Parents’ Campaign, Mississippi; Sharon Kirsch, SOS Arizona; Julie Larrea Borst, Executive Director, Save Our Schools NJ Community Organizing and Board President, NJ Community Schools Coalition; Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer, President, Indiana Coalition for Public Education; Mary Sinclair, Game On for Kansas Schools
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1B. Where are we now? Budget & Legislative Updates with policy experts & Capitol insiders. Chris Thiel, Legislative Policy Manager, Milwaukee Public Schools; Kim Kaukl, Executive Director, Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance
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1C. HYBRID/VIRTUAL SESSION: Preventing Weight Stigma and Disordered Eating in Schools. Laurie Cooper Stoll,  Professor and School Board Member University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the School District of La Crosse; Jessica Sprengle, MA, LPC; Stephanie Campbell, Ph.D. Candidate, School Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kathryn Draper, LEO Program Coordinator, CW Solutions, LLC (Awaiting video)

1D. Closing the Gap in Literacy Instruction: Best Practices from Scholar Practitioners. Dr. Cathy Toll, Center Director; Faculty Member, UW Oshkosh Center for Literacy Educators & Leaders; Dr. Kathryn Allen; Dr. Katrena Leininger; Dr. Chelsea Faase, all faculty members at the UW Oshkosh Center for Literacy Educators and Leaders
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1E. Seize the Moment! Preparing to Push for Robust District-Level Nondiscrimination Policies. Elisabeth Lambert, Attorney, ACLU of Wisconsin; Hope Owens-Wilson, ACLU of Wisconsin
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1F. Gaps in White Racial Consciousness. Tasha O’Malley, Teacher and Equity Team Member, Sun Prairie Area School District
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1G. Understanding Hunger in Families and the Importance of Child Nutrition Programs. Ashley Best, Community Nutrition Program Manager,Hunger Task Force – Milwaukee; Bard Meier, Educator, Hunger Task Force
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1I. Using the Science of Math to Close Learning Gaps. Misti Trowbridge, Principal & Director of Student Services, School District of Thorp; Amanda VanDerHeyden (Cancelled)

1J. Closing the GAP:  Public Schools-Public Health-Public Education Advocates. Sandy  Whisler, President, Citizen Advocates for Public Education; Samroz Jakvani, Jefferson County Health Department Epidemiologist; Pam Streich,  Jefferson County Health Department; Dr. Tonya Olson, District Administrator, Lake Mills Area School District
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1K. Empowering Students to Rise. Jacqueline Gonzalez Reyes, Chief Executive Officer and Founder JGR Consultancy (No session)

Breakout 2

2A. VIRTUAL SESSION: School Finance 101. Bob Soldner DPI; Dee Pettack, DPI
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2B. Vouchers and Charters: What are they and how do they work? Dr. Julie Mead, UW-Madison
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2C. Talking to Early Learners about Race. Ashley White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UW Madison
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2D. Closing the Gap with Legislators. Jim Bowman, Coordinator; Patti Clark-Stojke; Ann Cattau; Nancy Jones; Marcia Engen; all with Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education (Awaiting video)
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2E. Doing Social Justice in Schools While Navigating Resistance. Laurie Cooper Stoll, School Board President, School District of La Crosse; Aaron Engel, School District of La Crosse Superintendent (Awaiting video)
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2F. Using “The Science of Reading” to Close Achievement Gaps and Raise Achievement for All Students. John Humphries, WI CARE: Call to Action for Reading Excellence; Misti Trowbridge and Pati Montgomery
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2G. Closing the Efficacy Gap with Questions. Ryan Champeau, Innovation Coach & Mentor,  Secondary School Redesign (Awaiting video)

2H. Understanding and Applying the Neurodiversity Paradigm to Provide Respectful Supports for All. Katy Hayes, Student Services Coordinator, Oconomowoc Area School District; Allie Tasche, Sheboygan Area School District
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2I. Everyone Needs to Own Equity – Our Journey in Helping Create an Inclusive Equity Team for District (Central) Office Support Staff. Chandu Vemuri and Michele Vollmer, Administrative Assistants, Sun Prairie Area School District
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2J. Closing Gender and Equity Gaps in Educator Pay. Peggy  Wirtz-Olsen, Vice President, Wisconsin Education Association Council; Mendy Dorris, WEAC Region 6 Director; Elizabeth Fernandez
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2K. VIRTUAL SESSION: Closing the Gaps in Voter Turnout: Ensuring that Youth Become Voting Adults. Wendy Heyn, Voting Outreach Advocacy Specialist Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition/Disability Rights Wisconsin; Jenny Neugart, Disability Community Organizer, Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
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2L. “Disabling Inequity” in Wisconsin Schools. Joanne Juhnke Advocacy Specialist – Special Education, Disability Rights Wisconsin; Lydia Hartlaub, Special Education / Victim Advocacy Specialist, Disability Rights Wisconsin
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Breakout 3

3A. VIRTUAL SESSION: Beyond Vouchers: Legislation to Watch. Sharon Kirsch and Melinda Iyer, SOS Arizona
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3B. Close the Gap Between what Voters Want and Legislators Do. Janine Edwards, Wisconsin Public Education Network partner; Myra Enloe, Women Voters Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign; Mel Barnes, Law Forward; Carlene Bechen, Fair Maps Coalition
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3C. Amplifying your Message by Getting Organized and Building an Advocacy Team. Martha Siravo (Madtown Mommas and Disability Advocates President), Anna Hauser (MTMDA Secretary), Margarita Rubio (MTMDA Vice President), Mattie Reese (MTMDA Treasurer), Beth Ivankovic (Past Eau Claire Special Ed. PTA SEPTA President), Dan Grandone, WiLD (Wisconsin Leadership Development) Project
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3D. Wisconsin’s Unfair and Inadequate Funding System: Background, Progress, Next Steps.  John Humphries, Executive Director; and John Gaier, WI Association for Equity in Funding (AEF)
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3E. College Prep: Racist Structures in High School. Heather Price, Assistant Professor, Marian University
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3F. Building Community Through Joy. Jamie Racine, Community Schools Program Coordinator, Sun Prairie Community Schools; Sun Prairie Community Schools Site Coordinators: Stacy Darga, Tenisha Winn, Shenika Moss (Awaiting video)

3G. Creating School Communities of Belonging through Children’s Books. Andrea Bernstein, Associate Director, Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council; Rona Wolfe, Early Childhood Educator and Consultant (Awaiting video)

3H. Excellence Gaps: How to Narrow Them through Anti-Racist Gifted Education. Pamela Clinkenbeard, Past President; Professor Emeritus, UW-Whitewater    Wisconsin Association for Talented & Gifted; Jackie Drummer, Past President, WATG; Christina Gomez-Schmidt, advocacy committee member, WATG, & school board member, Madison Metropolitan School District; Dr. Sharon Alexander, Director of Advanced Learning, Madison Metropolitan School District; Dr. Maria Katsaros-Molzahn, Advanced Learning Specialist, Oregon School District; Dr. Scott Peters, Professor of Educational Foundations, UW-Whitewater; Dennetra Williams, STAR Coordinator, Boys & Girls Club.
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3I. Closing the Gaps for LGBTQ+ Students. SJ Hemmerich, Ph.D. candidate and former Welcoming Schools Facilitator and art teacher, and Phillip Edmonds, educator, Madison Metropolitan School District (Not recorded) 

3J. Educator Self-care and Living a Balanced Life. Pam Klein and Kalise Horst, Educator Self-care and Well-being Consultants, Steeping Wellness, LLC (Cancelled)

3K. Families and Schools Together: Time is Now.  Lynn McDonald, Founder, Families and Schools Together; Toni Rivera-Joachin, Executive Director; Molly McGowan, Program Director; Dr. Lisa Marion Howard, Principal, Engleburg, Milwaukee; Rachael Wichgers, Indian Community School, Franklin, WI
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Wisconsin Public Education Network held its 7th Annual Summer Summit, hosted by the Sun Prairie Area School District, on August 2, 2021 at Sun Prairie High School (with a limited virtual participation option)

  • Summer Summit: Monday, August 2, 2021 8am-5pm, followed by (optional) dinner reception at The Loft in Sun Prairie, catered by Salvatore’s
  • Equity in Action Leadership Circle – an optional six-week learning & action-planning opportunity for educators, board members, school leaders and community advocates on the Summit theme – CLOSING THE GAPS.  Sessions took place virtually on June 17, June 24, July 15, 22, 29 and August 5 from 7-9 pm. Participation is FREE with Summit registration, through the generous sponsorship of the Department of Public Instruction.  Attendance at the Summit is expected of all who participate in the Leadership Circle.
    • Districts and organizations sponsoring staff/member participation include Sun Prairie, Green Bay Education Association, Lake Mills, La Crosse, McFarland, Oregon and WEAC Aspiring Educators

August 2 Summer Summit
See the full schedule at-a-glance for the 2021 Summit here

Special thanks to our 2021 Summer Summit Sponsors:
Department of Public Instruction
Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) Region 6 
WEA Trust
Wisconsin Education Association Council
AWSA (Association of Wisconsin School Administrators)
Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools
Findorff 
Bray Architects
Kobussen Buses Ltd.
Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA)

CLICK HERE FOR FULL 2020 SUMMIT ARCHIVE WITH VIDEO OF ALL SESSIONS

A special message from Charlie Berens of Manitowoc Minute for supporters of Wisconsin public schools:

THANK YOU to all the participants, presenters, sponsors, and the local planning team for making our 6th Annual (and first virtual!) Summer Summit a success!

You can view Wisconsin Eye footage of the plenary, keynote & featured panels here.

Click here for the full schedule!

Click here to access our #VotePublic action toolkits: WisconsinNetwork.org/VotePublic!

6th Annual Summer Summit – July 24, 2020: ONLINE

  • SUMMER SUMMIT REGISTRATION is closed for 2020! The ,6th annual Summer Summit, hosted by Sun Prairie Area School District https://summersummit2020.eventbrite.com
  • This year’s theme was Public Education and Democracy: what civic engagement really means in and to our schools, and how we can work together to defend the most essential pillar of a strong democracy – a sound public education!
  • Guest speakers included Governor Tony Evers, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Despite the Best Intentions author Dr. John Diamond; Charles Franklin, Marquette University; Angela Lang, BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing Communities, and many more!
  • Thanks to our partner districts and education associations who provided professional development opportunities and sponsored staff/members to attend!
  •  Facebook event here.
  • The Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and the fiscal agent of the Wisconsin Public Education Network. Your donation to WAES supports the work of the Wisconsin Public Education Network and local level action with statewide impact.

5th Annual Summer Summit – August 5, 2019: La Crosse

Our 5th annual Summer Summit was held at La Crosse Central High School. See the schedule and event details at https://summersummit2019.eventbrite.comClick here to see the full programDescription of Breakout Sessions with Materials and Handouts for 2019 Summit

August 1, 2018: Appleton

Our 4th Annual Summer Summit was held at Appleton North High School and hosted by the Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education. Agenda included keynote speaker Jitu Brown, a plenary panel with members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, special guest Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, a morning welcome from Superintendent Tony Evers and 28 breakout sessions! PLUS: silent auction, a #VotePublic workshop & much more!

See our 2018 Summer Summit photo album here and click here for the full program.  Scroll down for presenter materials and news from the Summit, and click here to view photos and Wisconsin Eye footage from the event.

Presenter materials and resources.

August 2017 Summer Summit: Lake Mills

Over 350 people attended our 3rd annual Summer Summit in Lake Mills, hosted by CAPE (Citizen Advocates for Public Education) and the Lake Mills School District, for a full day of workshops, presenations, and the Wisconsin Premier of the film “Backpack Full of Cash,” with a conversation with the filmmakers. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AGENDA  and click here to see our 2017 Summer Summit resource page with videos and descriptions of sessions.

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August 2016 Summit, Wauwatosa

Our 2nd Annual Summer Summit featured a full day of workshops and strategy breakouts led by Wisconsin public education advocates and experts, featuring keynote presentations from Rev. Dr. William Barber II and John and Tashia Morgridge, and a special welcome from Dr. Tony Evers, Superintendent of Public Instruction.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE!

Wisconsin Eye footage: http://www.wiseye.org/Video-Archive/Event-Detail/evhdid/10823

http://www.wiseye.org/Video-Archive/Event-Detail/evhdid/10823

Tony Evers interview 8/24 (mentions WPEN partners in opening) http://www.wiseye.org/Video-Archive/Event-Detail/evhdid/10813

Wauwatosa Hosts Statewide Education Summit: http://www.wauwatosanow.com/story/news/2016/08/24/wauwatosa-hosts-statewide-summit-public-education/89217458/

Public School Leader Worries about “Haves” and “Have-Nots” http://www.wpr.org/public-school-leader-says-he-worries-about-teacher-shortages-and-have-not-districts

School leaders push for more K-12 public school funding. Public Education Summit held in Wauwatosa http://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/hundreds-gather-to-push-for-more-funding-of-k-12-public-schools

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August 2015: Middleton


Our first annual Summer Summit was held at Kromrey Middle School in Middleton.

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