Climate Catalyst Academy- New for 2024-25! 

Climate Catalyst Academy: Leading Beyond the Walkie-Talkie

Does the walkie-talkie take over your day? Does the walkie-talkie prevent you from getting to the important work? Does the walkie-talkie disrupt the work of others? Then this academy is for you.

This academy provides school leaders with the latest research and evidence-based strategies for cultivating a positive school climate and culture. Through interactive workshops, school leaders will learn how to gather and analyze school climate data, identify areas for improvement, and develop targeted action plans to address common behavior disruptions.

Topics covered include establishing consistent rules and norms, improving relationships and communication, implementing restorative practices, and providing tiered supports. Participants will gain hands-on experience conducting needs assessments, setting measurable goals, selecting appropriate interventions, monitoring progress, and adjusting approaches using 100-day rapid improvement cycles.

At the end of the academy, leaders will be equipped with a customized roadmap for making incremental yet impactful changes that can transform their school climate and reduce constant walkie-talkie calls, so that you and your team can focus on what matters most, teaching and learning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze school climate data to pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement related to safety, relationships, emotional well-being, and the learning environment.
  2. Identify research-based strategies to address climate goals and priorities.
  3. Identify methods for communicating, monitoring progress and evaluating outcomes of school climate initiatives using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  4. Implement a rapid continuous improvement cycle, including data collection, analysis, implementation, and evaluation.

Leading Objectives: 

  1. Apply data-based cycles of inquiry using relevant data to make informed decisions and positively impact school climate.
  2. Manage the change process using current research, effective communication, and building shared commitment and ownership.
  3. Refine key shared leadership structures in your system to initiate improvement strategies and facilitate change management process.


This academy is $625 for AWSA members and $800 for non-members.

Dates and Locations: 

  • October 28-29, 2024
  • January 14-15, 2025
  • April 30, 2025

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn
1220 S Grand Ave, Sun Prairie
(608) 856-4500
Corporate ID number- N3291980
$145 (2024 rate; 2025 rate TBD)
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Note: Tax exempt certificates are to be presented at time of check-in.

Other Information:

Event cancellation or Postponement
AWSA reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather or other acts of God. If there is an event cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule and registration fees will be applied to the reschedule event dates. In the unlikely event of cancellation of an event, including inclement weather, the liability of AWSA is limited to the return of paid registration fees minus actual expenses. Cancellations of travel reservations and hotel reservations made directly with the hotel are the responsibility of the attendee.

Cancellation Policy for All Academies
A full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received by 10/22/24. Following that date, there will be no refund of registration fee. *

*Refund fees retained by AWSA pay for your food guarantees, a/v equipment, meeting room rental and any hotel attritions caused by the cancellation.

Payment is required at time of registration. If you cannot pay until July 1, please email [email protected] and we will register you.

Dietary Disclaimer
AWSA makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free and basic food allergies. AWSA does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at an AWSA event. 

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 on the event’s web page for how to cancel your conference registration.