Administrative Assistants Conference
July 27-28, 2022
Registration Now Open

Program Overview:

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Pre-Conference 2-4 PM
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
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
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.

12:45 PM Concurrent Sessions
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
Regular: $129

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
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.