Our 6th Annual Summer Summit will be entirely virtual — complete with keynotes, breakouts & all the fun and networking that makes our Summit the highlight of the year for all who care about strong public schools! Click here for the full schedule!

Register today at: https://summersummit2020.eventbrite.com

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

  • SUMMER SUMMIT REGISTRATION IS LIVE! SAVE THE DATE and register early to join us on Friday July 24 for our 6th annual Summer Summit, hosted by Sun Prairie Area School District  https://summersummit2020.eventbrite.com
  • This year’s theme is Public Education and Democracy, and we plan to dig deep into this topic to think about 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!
  • Confirmed guest speakers include 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! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, connect and strategize!
  • Note to partner districts, union leaders, and administrators: Sun Prairie, Madison, and other districts are sponsoring teacher/staff registration, and some districts are also offering professional development points or credit for educators and staff. If you’re interested in exploring this option or setting up a special ticket for your members or staff, please contact Heather at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org.
  • Help spread the word! Please share widely in your district and community. This is going to be the best Summit yet! Facebook event here.

This event will be held online using the Run the World platform! AN ENTIRELY OPTIONAL OVERVIEW WILL BE PROVIDED the week before the event for those who want a “practice run”. Run The World is a revolutionary all-in-one online events platform that enables engaging online experiences through videos. We bring hallway conversations, fireside chat, cocktail parties, and roundtable online to engage and connect relevant people worldwide. Run The World enables a new type of online event where attendees can actually socialize, meet new people, and have those serendipitous experiences.

NOTE: all in-person events for the Summit have been cancelled, including the dinner and welcome reception. We have postponed our invitation to Keron Blair of the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools until he can join us in person!

past Summer Summit archive:

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 program

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.

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.