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The 8th Annual SUMMER SUMMIT will be in Eau Claire on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

The Eau Claire Area School District will host the 8th Annual Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit on July 21, 2022 at Eau Claire North High School.

Click here to view the tentative 2022 schedule-at-a-glance

We are excited for over 30 world-class interactive sessions with experts and experienced advocates from around Wisconsin and the U.S. on our theme: PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNITE US. This theme gives us an opportunity to discuss how we can come together to meet the needs of all learners and unite to develop strategies for dealing with the challenges and obstacles we face. $25 Summit tickets include attendance at the day-long event and a free lunch, catered by local Eau Claire caterers Chekell’s Soul Food and Everything Vegan.

We are finalizing details about the post-Summit dinner reception at The Lismore hotel in downtown Eau Claire! We hope that you’ll consider joining us at The Lismore by purchasing a $25 dinner ticket, or better yet, joining the Network as a Blue Ribbon Partner to join us at the Summit, dinner, get a Blue Ribbon badge and be entered into our grand prize drawing.

Featured presenters include: Dr. Michael Apple, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, UW-Madison.

CHILDCARE: HUGE THANKS to our Eau Claire area friends at the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA) for offering childcare during the Summer Summit! We hope this will give more public education champions from around the state the flexibility to join us on July 21.


A conference rate is available for a limited number of rooms for July 20 and 21 at area hotels. These are only open to those attending the Summer Summit and are subject to availability. We encourage you to make a trip out of it! Hotel reservation instructions are below.

[The three-day annual Country Jam music festival is in Eau Claire from Thursday 7/21 to Saturday 7/23, so hotels in the area are likely to be more expensive from Thursday into the weekend. Eau Claire’s downtown centers on the convergence of the beautiful Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, and the city is home to numerous festivals, art experiences, social gatherings, farmers markets and food trucks, and more. View the Visit Eau Claire travel bureau’s calendar of events here, the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce’s community calendar here, and the Volume One calendar of events here.]
  • The Lismore, a DoubleTree by Hilton, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire, WI 54701. Must book by June 30.
  • The Oxbow, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire, WI 54703. Small number of single queen- and king-bed rooms at state rate of $82/night. Must book by June 20.
    • CLICK HERE to book your boutique hotel room in the  WPEN Summer Summit Block, then follow these instructions:
      • Look just below the calendar function for: “Have a Promo or Group Code?” Click on “Enter it now” 
      • In the “Group Code” box, enter the following code: WPEN2022, and then click “update”
      • Enter the dates that you would like to stay – hotel rooms in the block are available for July 20 and 21, 2022. 
      • Click “update” and the available room types will show.
      • Choose your desired room type, and then click “Book Now” and continue through securing your reservation.
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 1666 Princeton Crossing, Eau Claire, WI 54703. Conference rate: $90 on Wednesday, July 20; $159 on Thursday, July 21. Must book by June 20.