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Schools Make Madison Summit 2024

This was a free event.

The 2nd Annual Schools Make Madison Summit, held on April 25th, 2024 at Thermo Fisher Scientific, was an electrifying convergence of educators, policymakers, innovators, and community stakeholders, all dedicated to revolutionizing education in Madison and beyond. The 150+ attendees were immersed in some perhaps unknown realities about school funding and budgets, the vital role social workers have in student success, and the mechanisms of the school nutrition program.

Attendees were immersed in learning about some perhaps unknown realities, creating a sense of awe and inspiration for all that is accomplished in our schools.

Past Attendee Testimonial:
“I wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic summit, and also express my gratitude as an attendee! Immediately after, I called my mom who is a retired educator and children’s healthcare lobbyist, and told her about how inspired I was by the programming. The need to do better for our children was the heartbeat felt throughout. The panelists were fantastic, the topics challenging and informative.” – Anne Ehrhart, SLED representative, Google public sector

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Alumni: Antonio Cruz-Rodriguez

Born in Mexico, Antonio Cruz-Rodriguez moved to the United States with his family when he was just a few years old. The Cruz-Rodriguez family settled on the east side of Madison, where Antonio’s educational journey began. He attended Lapham Elementary for 4K, then moved to Hawthorne Elementary, and later to Sandburg Elementary due to new district lines. He continued his education at Sherman Middle School and graduated from East High School in 2010.

Alumni: Scott Swanson

Scott Swanson’s deep connection to the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) reflects his family’s long-standing history with the district. Growing up on the far east side of Madison, Scott attended Kennedy Elementary, Whitehorse Middle, and La Follette High School, graduating in 2002. His journey through MMSD was profoundly influenced by his parents, Paul and Ruth, both of whom were esteemed teachers and Athletic Directors at La Follette.

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