From the Wisconsin Public Education Network
The Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN), a project of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES), is a nonpartisan coalition of parents, students, educators, school board members, administrators, community leaders and education policy experts united behind one objective — coming together to ensure the success of the 860,000+ students attending Wisconsin public schools.
WPEN is now taking registrations for its Fourth Annual Summer Summit, August 1 in Appleton, hosted by Appleton Area School District and Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education. Anyone with an interest in advocating effectively on behalf of public school children and learning more about the challenges facing our public schools is invited to attend.
The agenda includes a full day of informational breakouts and strategy sessions led by education experts and advocacy team leaders, and plenary presentations from speakers who will inspire action and deeper conversations about the value of public education to our democracy and our communities. The Summit is an annual opportunity to connect with and learn from others from around the state who care deeply about our public schools, and to strategize on ways to take local action to ensure every child in every school has equal opportunity to succeed.
The theme of this year’s Summit is Vote Public, an invitation to make public education a focus of local elections, and to hold elected officials accountable for votes that support the best interests of our students and public schools. An afternoon workshop provides opportunities for people from various constituencies and various parts of the state to come together to find common ground for nonpartisan advocacy and collaboration in our home communities. Our emphasis throughout the day will be on how we can work together to create local-level actions with state-level impact.
The agenda features over 30 breakouts on a wide range of topics impacting school funding, school climate, and student success. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Evers, will join us to kick off the event, and our plenary sessions include a conversation with Blue Ribbon Commission on School funding members co-chair Rep. Joel Kitchens and Dr. Julie Underwood, and a keynote presentation by Jitu Brown of Chicago’s Journey for Justice Alliance.
The Summit will take place at Appleton North High School from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will be followed by a dinner event at the Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens with special guest, Matt Rothschild of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Registration for the Summit is $30 (includes lunch), and the dinner is an additional $30. Scholarships are available for those for whom the cost is otherwise prohibitive, and those who wish to donate to this scholarship fund may do so at check-out. Those who wish to join the Network as Blue Ribbon Partners will receive free admission to both the Summit and the dinner, as well as a free t-shirt at the event.