Leading for Literacy
Developing Leadership Capacity to Meet the Literacy Needs of All Learners 

Target Audience: K-8 School Leaders and Instructional Coaches

Wisconsin’s reading gap between student groups (Black v. White, SwD v. SwoD) has made national headlines for being one of the largest in the nation. Having solid reading and writing skills is at the heart of student achievement and therefore must be part of the solution to achieving equity in Wisconsin. To achieve equity, every student in our schools must receive the high-quality curriculum and evidence-based instruction they need and deserve.

Evidence-based instruction, provided within schools and classrooms that are culturally responsive and sustaining, is necessary for all our students to thrive. Unfortunately, some of this message has been drowned out by the “Reading Wars.” In Literacy for All, we will engage you in a deep analysis of your current reading practices and data, while increasing your understanding of the reading ‘theories”, and best evidence-based instructional practices so that you are equipped to thoughtfully address literacy practices in your school.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the foundational elements of the Science of Reading and Balanced Literacy.
  2. Understand the essential standards in ELA. 
  3. Understand how to conduct a curriculum crosswalk to identify gaps in curriculum. 
  4. Understand how to use literacy data to make curricula/instructional decisions.
  5. Understand impact of effective coaching on improving teaching and learning in literacy.


Leading Objectives (Use WI Principal Framework):

  1. Advance equity of educational opportunities and culturally responsive practices to promote each pupil’s literacy success. (Equity and Cultural Responsiveness)
  2. Develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote each pupil’s academic success and well-being. (Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment)
  3. Use knowledge and skills to develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel to promote each pupil’s literacy success..(Professional Capacity of School Personnel)


AWSA Members: $450
Non-Members: $605

Dates and Location:

October 27, 2022 | Hilton Garden Inn, Sun Prairie  

December 1, 2022 | Hilton Garden Inn, Sun Prairie

February 2-3, 2023 | Hilton Garden Inn, Sun Prairie

Hilton Garden Inn
1220 S Grand Ave, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
(608) 856-4500
Room Rate: $143.00 
Click here to book online.

Tax exempt certificates are to be presented at time of check-in.

Other Information:

Cancellation Policy: Full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received 10 working days prior to the start of the convention. Following that date, a 40% administrative fee will be retained. There will be no refund for no-shows or cancellations during the event. 

Accessibility: For questions about accessibility or to request special assistance during the event, please contact Kathy Gilbertson at [email protected]. Three weeks advance notice is required to allow us to provide seamless access. If you need to cancel the special request this must be done at least 3 working days prior to the start of the event. See registration cancellation policy for how to cancel your conference registration.

Questions? For questions on registration, payment, or general information please call the AWSA offices at 608-241-0300.