Five with ties to School of Education to speak at summit on ‘Public Education and Democracy’

Five members of the School of Education community will be featured in the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s upcoming summer summit, “Public Education and Democracy,” which will take place virtually on Friday, July 24.

John Diamond and Gloria Ladson-Billings are both keynote speakers for the event. Diamond is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), while Ladson-Billings is a professor emerita in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Summer Summit logoAlso listed among the speakers are Julie Mead, the School’s associate dean for education and a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis; Julie Underwood, the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice; and Gavin Luter, the managing director of University Alliance and an ELPA affiliate.

The summit aims to bring together parents, community members, educators, board members, and school leaders from around the state for an action-focused day of learning, connecting, and strategizing on what’s best for the 860,000 kids attending Wisconsin’s public schools.

With a stated goal to “dig deep and inspire action,” the summit will address questions such as: How do we ensure that every child in every public school will receive an equally excellent public education? How do we preserve local control of local schools? How do we ensure that elected officials make decisions in the best interests of the children and communities they serve? How do we know where candidates stand on the issues that matter most to kids? How can we organize our communities to strongly support local students? What is “civic engagement,” in the classroom and in the community? And, how can we work together in 2020 and beyond to effect the change our kids deserve?

Learn more about the event, including how to register, here.