Administrative Assistants Conference
July 27-28, 2022

This event is SOLD OUT!

To be added to a waitlist for the event, please email [email protected]

1:00-5:30 PM Pre-Conference Registration
2:00-4:00 PM Pre-Conference
Making the Most of Your Student Data Platform
Shane Been, Associate Principal, Sauk Prairie High School

Imagine buying a semi-truck and then only using it to drive back and forth to work each day, never hauling anything. Unfortunately, this is what happens too often with student data platforms. Whether your district uses Skyward, Infinite Campus, PowerSchool or another application, chances are that only a fraction of its capability is being used. In this session, we will discuss general principles on how to maximize the effectiveness of this important tool. We will have experienced administrators from the various platforms available to share highlights and to find answers to questions.


5 PM Welcome Reception Sponsored by

Thursday, July 28, 2022

7:30-8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast 
8:30 AM The Masterful Administrative Assistant: 
Running the Show & Improving Lives in Partnership with Administration
Joe Schroeder, Associate Executive Director, AWSA

Our students are inheriting a world that is far more difficult than what most of us experienced, and the administrative assistant is a critical factor in whether those challenges of youth will be met. In fact, any school’s ability to prepare students for today’s highly demanding global economy and diverse community is largely dependent upon the quality of the relationship that administrative assistants have with administration. Joe Schroeder’s work over three decades as an administrator in various roles across Wisconsin has reinforced his conviction that an excellent administrative assistant is like a superhero without the cape! This session will focus on proven strategies that a thoughtful, committed administrative assistant can employ in partnership with administration to manage the school/district efficiently, increase student wellness and success, and find means for a more whole and sustainable life outside of the job.

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Custody, Confidentiality and Individual Liability: What Every Administrative Assistant Should Know
Malina Piontek, Attorney, Piontek Law
Matt Bell, Attorney, Boardman Clark
This session is designed to address key legal topics for school administrative assistants, including parental custody, safeguarding and maintenance of student records, and personal liability protection.

12:00-12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM Concurrent Sessions

1. Efficiency Tools & a Partnership Approach for an Immediate Impact on a School Through Organization, Service & Leadership
Caleb Hundt & Rhonda Pederson, Cadott School District
If you want to be intentional/impactful, you need to be organized.  Learn how an administrative assistant and principal can each leverage Google and Online efficiency tools for a partnership approach with one another to specifically be more intentional/impactful in your collective service to the school and its aims.

2. Custody, Confidentiality, and Parent Rights - Beyond the Basics
Malina Piontek, Attorney, Piontek Law
Matt Bell, Attorney, Boardman Clark

Following up on their keynote presentation, attorneys Matt Bell and Malina Piontek will guide you beyond basic custody and confidentiality premises to review unique custody/confidentiality, and parental rights issues, including handling subpoenas, dealing with guardians ad litem, and other issues arising in the context of special education and Section 504.

3. Role of the Office in Creating Equitable Schools
Tammy Gibbons, Director of Professional Learning, AWSA
Despite the many good, well-intentioned personnel in schools, we have missed opportunities to create an environment where all children learn at high levels and all families feel a deep connection to their school. This means, many of our most vulnerable children go underserved and parents may not feel accepted when they walk in the doors of the school. This session will further develop participants understanding of how our own unconscious bias might show up in a school setting. It is meant for those who want learn a little bit more about how inequities show up in our schools, including the office, and some ways to positively influence improvement.


1:45 - 2:00 PM Dessert Break Sponsored by
2:00 PM Front Office Conflict, Handling Challenging Interactions
Tammy Gibbons, Director of Professional Learning, AWSA

As a front office staff member, you are often the first line of defense for the school, the principal and the staff. Often times there are uncomfortable interactions, challenging situations, or someone/something that is demanding your attention and urgency. Not everyone who comes through the office handles their emotions or issues in the most effective ways. In this session, participants will learn some conversational stems that can de-escalate and/or move a person out of their emotional state into a productive state.

3:30 PM Adjourn

Cost & Registration: 

Pre-Conference: $39- SOLD OUT!
Regular: $129- SOLD OUT!

Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center- Hwy 10
1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point
(715) 344-0200Single/double: $99.99
Block is SOLD OUT; call hotel directly to see if there are any cancellations 
Block name: Association of Wisconsin School Administrators – AWSA

Holiday Inn Express 
1100 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point
(715) 344-0000 (same parking lot as conference) 
Block is SOLD OUTcall hotel directly to see if there are any cancellations
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (we do not have a block, but this hotel is close to the conference hotel)
5317 US Hwy 10, Stevens Point
(715) 342-9300 (down the street 1 mile from conference)


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.