Wisconsin Public Education Network
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Wisconsin Public Education Network Annual Summit to be held virtually Friday, July 24

Advocates and experts from around the state will gather for 6th annual event.

By - Jul 21st, 2020 04:23 pm

Parents, community members, educators, board members and school leaders from around the state will gather virtually this Friday for the 6th Annual Wisconsin Public Education Network’s Summer Summit. The Summit is action-focused day of learning, connecting and strategizing on what’s best for the 860,000 kids attending Wisconsin’s public schools.

This year, participants will reflect on the theme Public Education and Democracy, diving into topics ranging from policy and public opinion to racial disparities and funding inequities in our schools and the many challenges of reopening schools during a global pandemic. Highlights include:

·       Welcome remarks from Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor

·       Morning address by Governor Tony Evers

·       Special message from Senator Tammy Baldwin

·       A panel discussion on Public Education, Public Opinion & Democracy moderated by Julie Underwood featuring Angela Lang (Executive Director of BLOC, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities) and Charles Franklin (Marquette University pollster).

·       A Keynote Conversation with UW-Madison’s Dr. John Diamond, author of Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools and Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
(The 270 people who participated in a six-week pre-Summit study of Dr. Diamond’s book will also attend a special book-study only session with Dr. Diamond)

·       Over 30 timely and engaging breakout sessions & workshops with school leaders, educators, experts and experienced organizers on school funding, local level organizing, issues facing our students and schools, current legislative issues, and much more.

The Summer Summit is hosted by the Sun Prairie Area School District and Sun Prairie Education Association, with partnership from Support Sun Prairie Schools and Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC). Learn more and register at WisconsinNetwork.org/Summit.

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