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Schools Make Madison Summit 2023

Schools Make Madison Summit 2023

April 27, 2023 | 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Thermo Fisher Scientific
5225-1 Verona Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Join us for a morning focused on creating systems of support and opportunity for our MMSD students. You will hear from educators, and business and community leaders on the significance of K12 public schools to our community and regional economy, and from current Adopt-a-School partners about the difference they’re making through their involvement with our schools and students. You will leave with a better understanding of how you can become a partner for progress in our schools.

We encourage current Adopt-a-School partners, school leaders, business professionals, and interested community members to attend.

This event is FREE to all attendees.


  • 7:30 AM – Check-In, Breakfast & Networking
  • 8:00 AM – Panel Discussions: Education/Economics/Employment
    • Panel 1 – Moderated by Joel Plant, CEO, Frank Productions
      • Confirmed Panelists: Hugh Wing, Community Development Specialist, City of Madison; Bridgett Willey, Director of Allied Health Education & Career Pathways, UW Health; Mitchell Staroscik, Director of Secondary Programs and Pathways, MMSD
    • Panel 2 – Moderated by Joel Plant, CEO, Frank Productions
      • Confirmed Panelists: Kristel McHugh, Financial Education Specialist – Community Development, Summit Credit Union; Gary Jordan, Life Simplified Issue Manager, American Family Insurance; Annalee Good, Ph.D., Co-Director, Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative / Co-Director, WCER Clinical Program, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Matt Hendrickson, Principal, Vel Phillips Memorial High School; Corinda Rainey-Moore, Community Engagement Manager, UnityPoint Health-Meriter; Mary Jankovich, Executive Director-Pathways & Secondary Programs, MMSD
  • 9:15 AM – Break
  • 9:30 AM – Breakout Sessions
    • Session A: Stand Up. Speak Up. Champion K12 Public Education.
      • Facilitator: Melinda Heinritz, President, Madison Public Schools Foundation
      • Confirmed Presenters/Contributors: Ross MacPherson, Chief Financial Officer, Madison Metropolitan School District; Anne Chapman, Research Director, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO); Jeff Eide, Executive Director, Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance
    • Session B: Lifting Lives Through Literacy
      • Confirmed Presenters/Contributors: Julie Briggs, MMSD Literacy Implementation Coordinator; Gabriela Bell Jiménez, Ph.D., Director of Literacy, Biliteracy, Social Studies, Native American Education, and English Language Development, MMSD; Jeanne Schultz, Volunteer, Attic Angel; Bianca Williams-Griffin, DPI; Robyn Bindrich, DPI; Laura Adams, DPI
  • 10:30 AM – Becoming a Partner for Progress in Our Schools
    • Presenters: Joel Plant, CEO, Frank Productions; Melinda Heinritz, President, Madison Public Schools Foundation; Dr. Carlton Jenkins, Superintendent, MMSD
  • 11:00 AM – Summit Concludes
    • Optional tour of Thermo Fisher Scientific facilities

Contact Mary Bartzen, Community Partnerships Director, MPSF

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