Wisconsin Public Education Summit 2015 Registration

FIRST ANNUAL
WISCONSIN PUBLIC EDUCATION NETWORK
SUMMER SUMMIT 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015
12:30 to 5 pm (Registration starts at noon)
Kromrey Middle School
7009 Donna Dr, Middleton, WI 53562

Complete agenda here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxHr6KXdn27kNVNQbk5UV0tINE0/view?usp=sharing

Free and Open to All

*** UPDATE (8/13/15): REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED ***
We have reached capacity for this event and look forward to seeing you there! To get on the waiting list, please fill out the form below. Questions? hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org.


Event includes break out sessions and a plenary/keynote on the following topics:
• BUDGET IMPACTS: What budget and policy changes mean to your local schools
• KEEPING PUBLIC SCHOOLS PUBLIC
• BUILDING MOMENTUM BEYOND THE BUDGET
• MESSAGING & MEDIA
• COALITION BUILDING
• LOCAL ORGANIZING: Engaging teachers, parents & communities
• And more!

Dinner immediately following at Capital Brewery catered by Middleton BBQ Co:
$10 (beverages not included). 7734 Terrace Ave, Middleton, WI

Registration Required. Free and open to all, but donations to the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES) are welcomed to help defray costs and support the work of the Wisconsin Public Education Network ($10 suggested donation for workshop only). Registration deadline: August 10.

Dinner: $10 (dinner only; please send check by Aug. 10)

Please mail checks for dinner and/or optional registration donation payable to the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES) to:
6621 Maywood Avenue
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

Donations to WAES will also be accepted at registration.

The work of the Wisconsin Public Education Network is supported by the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES). Your contributions to WAES make possible the statewide coalition building that connects all who agree that public schools are the heart of our communities. For more information about becoming a member of WAES and supporting the Wisconsin Public Education Network, contact Heather DuBois Bourenane at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org.

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12:00-12:30 Registration
12:30-1:15 Welcome with Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers &
Plenary Session: Coalition-Building Beyond the Budget: How to Build Momentum, Engage Community & Keep it Local

1:30-2:15 Breakout Session 1 (concurrent panels)

2:25-3:10 Breakout Session 2 (concurrent panels)

3:20-4:05 Breakout Session 3 (concurrent panels)

4:15-5pm Keynote: “How I’m Gonna Be an Optimist About This…” (with apologies to Bastille)
Patrick Barlow (professional development consultant; veteran high school teacher; instructor and retired director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Madison College)

5:00pm-? Dinner at Capital Brewery (catered by Middleton BBQ Co. $10, doesn’t include beverages)
Plenary Session

12:30-1:15 Welcome with Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers
Plenary Session: Coalition-Building Beyond the Budget: How to Build Momentum, Engage Community & Keep it Local
Tom Beebe (moderator), Marcia Engen (Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education), John Forester (School Administrators Alliance), Marva Herndon (Women Committed to an Informed Community/Schools and Communities United), Kim Kaukl (Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance), Dan Rossmiller (Wisconsin Association of School Boards), Sandy Whisler (Citizen Advocates for Public Education, Lake Mills)
The opening plenary opens the conversation that will continue in every session throughout the day by taking a hard look where we are now, and where we need to go from here in order to build the state- and local-level coalitions needed to support our schools.

Breakout Sessions

Session A 1:30-2:15

A1 Unpacking the Budget with DPI: What the 2015-2017 Budget Means to Your District [Note: this session repeats in Session C]
DPI experts explain how the newly-passed state budget affects local schools, and field your questions.
Tom McCarthy, Communications Officer, and Jeff Pertl, Senior Policy Advisor, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

A2 “We Know What Works:” How to advocate toward schools that work for all students.
How Community Schools, grassroots organizing, social justice and other innovations are the solution to the inequities and disparities facing Wisconsin students.
Jennifer Epps-Addison (Wisconsin Jobs Now/Schools and Communities United), Mary Ellen Havel-Lang (Sun Prairie Community Schools), Michelle Robinson, Wisconsin Council for Children and Families/Dane County Race to Equity team

A3 The Big Picture: From Global Issues to Local Action
A conversation on the current climate of state, national and international education issues, and how they can and should impact local action and advocacy efforts to support public schools.
Mary Bell (chair; past president, WEAC; Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition - SPARC; Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice), Bob Peterson (past president, MTEA; editor, Rethinking Schools; elementary teacher Milwaukee); Glenn Schmidt (retired educator; president of Sun Prairie Education Association for 13 years, former member of NEA and WEAC Boards of Directors, current editor of Union Labor News, South Central Federation of Labor; SPARC)

A4 Public Schools: The Cornerstone of Democracy
What are the values and principles that make public schools so essential to a strong democracy? How do external threats to public education impact those principles? How do we describe and defend those values when supporting our local schools?
Julie Mead (Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, UW-Madison)

A5 Educator Advocacy & the Future of Teaching and Learning in Wisconsin: Uniting in a Climate of Division
What does “advocacy” look like for educators? What are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing current, future and retired educators?
Marcia Engen (Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education), Gina Pagel (President, Waunakee Teachers Association), Briana Schwabenbauer (President, Student Wisconsin Education Association), Tim Slekar (Dean, School of Education, Edgewood College), Julie Underwood (Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and former Dean, School of Education, UW-Madison)


Session B 2:25-3:10
B1 Roundtable: Wisconsin Public School Funding: Where do we go from here?
This panel of policy and funding experts asks: What are the problems with the current funding system for Wisconsin public schools, and how we can advocate toward a coherent vision of stable, equitable funding for our public schools?
Chris Thiel (chair; Legislative Policy Manger, Milwaukee Public Schools), Ken Bates (Fair Aid Coalition), Bob Borch (retired school finance expert), John Gaier (President, Association for Equity in Funding)

B2 Be the Media: Writing Effective Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor (workshop) [Note: this session is a repeat of the one in Session B]
Tips and strategies for communicating your support for local schools.
Bill Lueders and Amitabh Pal (journalists, The Progressive Magazine)

B3 Keeping Public Schools Public: Understanding the “Privatization” Agenda
What does the surge of national efforts to legislate increasingly “privatized” education policies mean to local schools?
Lisa Graves and/or Jonas Persson, (Center for Media and Democracy)
Discussant: Pam Kobielus (No Vouchers Coalition)

B4 Community Organizing to Support Public Schools: Philosophy & Practice
This panel of experienced organizers discusses strategies and best practices for building and sustaining grassroots coalitions.
John Wedge (chair; Director, WEAC Region 6), Nan Brien (GRUMPS - GRandparents United for Madison Public Schools), Sandy Whisler (Citizen Advocates for Public Education/CAPE, Lake Mills)

B5 How to Organize Parents and Make an Impact in Your School District [Note: this session repeats in Session C]
All over the state, parents and other community members are getting informed and involved to support local schools. This panel provides concrete ideas for keeping local parent groups active, motivated, and inspired to work together to support our schools.
Jenni Hofschulte and Jasmine Alinder (Parents for Public Schools, Schools and Communities United), Dennis McBride (Support Our Schools SOS-Wauwatosa)



Session C 3:20-4:05
C1 Unpacking the Budget with DPI: What the 2015-2017 Budget Means to Your District [Note: this session is a repeat of the one in Session A]
DPI experts explain how the newly-passed state budget affects local schools, and field your questions.
Tom McCarthy, Communications Officer, and Jeff Pertl, Senior Policy Advisor, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

C9 Celebrating the Public: Myth-Busting, Values-Based Messaging, and Getting it Right
We connect most meaningfully with our friends and neighbors when we connect at the level of our shared values. What are the values at the heart of a positive message about the public schools that connect us all? How do we avoid reproducing or affirming myths that reinforce negative and inaccurate views of public schools? This session addresses these issues and provides tips and strategies for getting the message right.
Ruth Conniff (chair; editor, The Progressive Magazine), Mary Jarvis (retired educator, Wausau), Ann Muenster (Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education), Julie Wells (Forward Institute)

C10 School Board Matters: Student-Focused Thinking and Non-Partisan Advocacy
How do board members ensure that students are at the center of their decision-making? How can they advocate for policies and funding that support local schools without being “partisan?” This experienced panel discusses best practices & challenges to board-level advocacy and coalition-
building.
Ellen Lindgren (chair; Middleton-Cross Plains school board; President, Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools), Jill Gaskell (Pecatonica school board), Chris Hambuch-Boyle (Eau Claire School Board), Larry Miller (Milwaukee school board), Dan Rossmiller (Wisconsin Association of School Boards-WASB), Donna Tarpinian (Stoughton School Board)

C11 Issues in Special Education: Because Public Schools are for EVERYONE
Veteran advocates for students with special needs make sense of the challenges facing some of our most vulnerable students, and share strategies for working toward changes that meet the needs of all learners.
Anna Moffit (Madison school board, Wisconsin Family Ties), Donna Pahuski (parent advocate, Cambridge)

C12 How to Organize Parents and Make an Impact in Your School [Note: this session is a repeat of the one in Session B]
All over the state, parents are getting informed and involved to support local schools. This panel provides concrete ideas for keeping local parent groups active, motivated, and inspired to work together to support our schools.
Jenni Hofschulte and Jasmine Alinder (Parents for Public Schools, Schools and Communities United), Dennis McBride (Support Our Schools SOS-Wauwatosa)

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