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VIP Reception and Luncheon

12.06.2012 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Alliant Energy Center


Our Children. Our Schools. Our Future. A Conversation with...







Attend a special VIP luncheon with nine-time Grammy Award winning singer, musician and education advocate John Legend and world-renowned education leader and founder of Harlem Children's Zone Geoffrey Canada. You'll enjoy an intimate conversation about what the Greater Madison area can do to close its achievement gap and prepare our children to contribute, strive and thrive in a diverse and global community. VIPs will also enjoy a special reception with Mr. Canada. 


Education Forum

12.06.2012 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Alliant Energy Center


Join John Legend, Geoffrey Canada and Madison's own education luminaries, Gloria Ladson-Billings and Sal Carranza as they discuss what our children need to succeed in school and life, and answer questions from the audience.


Gloria Ladson Billings


Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former president of the American Education Research Association.



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Salvadore Carranza is a Senior Academic Planner in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System and co-founder and Chair of the Latino Education Council of Dane County. 



Education Innovation Summit

12.07.2012 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm | Monona Terrace


Join us for an inspiring, informative and important learning experience featuring some of the most innovative and high performing K-12 schools in Wisconsin, and from across the country, that are closing the achievement gap. Also learn about programs and strategies that are increasing parent and student engagement in school, and successfully bringing communities together to have a positive, collective impact on kids. Click here for the Summit Agenda. Speakers include:


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Dr. Howard L. Fuller is Distinguished Professor of Education and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, and former Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.



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Dr. Patrick Murphy is the Superintendent of Arlington, Virginia Public Schools. His school system is very similar in student demographics and outcomes as Madison. He will share his plans for leading a high performing school system for all kids.



Sponsorship packages are still available. Act now, support the Urban League's gap closing education initiatives and make sure your company is included in the events. Contact Mark Richardson at 608-729-1265 or for more information.


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Event Schedule


VIP Luncheon

December 6, 2012

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Alliant Energy Center


Education Forum

December 6, 2012

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Alliant Energy Center


Education Summit

December 7, 2012

8:00am - 2:00pm

Monona Terrace & Convention Center


Ticket Packages


Graduate Degree -$1000


- VIP Reception with Geoffrey Canada 

- VIP Luncheon with Geoffrey Canada and John Legend

- Admission to Education Forum & Education Innovation Summit

(Proceeds benefit new Urban League Scholars Academy)


College Degree - $500


- VIP Luncheon with Geoffrey Canada and John Legend

- Admission to Education Forum & Education Innovation Summit 

(Proceeds pay for two students to attend  ACT Prep/College Readiness Academies)


Diploma Graduate - $145


- Admission to Education Forum and Education Innovation Summit

(Proceeds benefit Urban League's 21st Century Careers Program)


Individual Event Tickets

Education Forum - $75

Education Summit - $75




Unity Health Insurance

UW Health

UW Hospitals & Clinics

CUNA Mutual Foundation

Madison Metropolitan School District

BMO Harris Bank

M3 Insurance


Target Corporation

Boardman & Clark LLP


Herzing University

Wegner CPAs

Morris & Associates


Summit Partners 


Madison Metropolitan School District

Planning for Greatness

United Way of Dane County


Event Manager

FireLight Group