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

Our 5th annual Summer Summit will be held at La Crosse Central High School! Discounted hotel rooms available at the Radisson.

Register and learn more at https://summersummit2019.eventbrite.com!


Past Summit archive:

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:

#WeChoose Equity Keynote presentation by Jitu Brown, Journey for Justice Alliance

Morning Session (10-11:15 am)


1:30 – 2:45 pm

  • (B1) School Funding 101: Get the Facts (LM/1348)
  • (B2) Speak Your Peace: Advocacy Lessons from the Door County Civility Project (1310)
  • (B3) Media & Messaging Pro Tips (1365)
  • (B4) Appleton Area School District’s Journey to School Mental Health (1313) 
  • (B5) The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (1315)
  • (B6) Bridging Rural and Urban Opportunity Gaps (1316)
  • (B7) Historic Cuts or Historic Investments? Trends in Wisconsin School Funding (1317)
  • (B8) Who’s Behind School Privatization in Wisconsin? (1080)
  • (B9) School Takeover Legislation: What it Means to All of us (1371)
  • (B10) A Plan for Referendum Success in Titletown (1307)
  • (B11) Representing: Elections, Equity & Education (1318)
  • (B12) Urban, Rural, & Suburban Connections (1085)
  • (B13) Make It Local! Organizing 101 – How to Unite Your Community for Strong Public Schools (1087)
  • (B14) Wisconsin Students Take on School Safety & Gun Violence (Auditorium)

Media and News

2018 Summit cover-2

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.



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


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

August 2015: Middleton

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