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The Data Leadership Academy develops the capacity to lead continuous improvement efforts that focus on high-quality evidence-informed teaching, learning, and systems improvement. The academy is designed for leaders along with their leadership teams, to engage in a process that embraces an inquiry mindset through a collaborative learning culture.

Team members will engage in a hands-on WISExplore data inquiry process that meets their needs for analyzing learning disruption, federal identifications, educator effectiveness, or other school improvement planning needs. Using their own local and state evidence sources, teams will actively engage in the steps of student data inquiry and root cause analysis that inform actions for improvement planning with an equity lens.


$435 for AWSA members and $580 for non-members

ESSA LogoWisconsin school leaders will be reimbursed up to 75% of the registration fee for completing an eligible Academy (will not be less than 50%). Reimbursement is limited and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis and eligibility is limited to licensed and practicing public or private school administrators. Registration must be paid in full by December 4, 2021. Reimbursements will be processed at the completion of the Academy.

If you are not certain if you qualify for this reimbursement or if you have questions, please call the AWSA office at 608-241-0300. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the process of data inquiry within a collaborative learning culture and inquiry mindset.

  2. Understand the technical aspects of data and information use.

  3. Understand the indicators of the current status of student achievement, learning engagement and perceptions.

  4. Understand the need and processes for developing vision, goals and buy-in for moving from the current
    status to a future desired vision.

Leading Objectives:

  1. Investigate local and state indicators/evidence to determine current status of student achievement, learning engagement and perceptions.

  2. Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment using an inquiry process where evidence of student performance is analyzed to determine priority concerns and assets for improvement.

  3. Engage in a root cause analysis process to identify highest likely root causes in adult practices and systems as contributors to student outcomes.

  4. Design a sustainable plan for improvement that embeds rapid cycles of improvement and includes
    elements of change theory.

Dates and Locations

DLA Dates and Locations

August 18, 2021
Virtual Session
8:30 -11:30

October 7, 2021
Holiday Inn
Stevens Point

December 14, 2021
Holiday Inn
Stevens Point

February 17, 2022
Virtual Session
8:30 -11:30

April 28, 2022
Holiday Inn
Stevens Point


Hotel Reservation Information:

Holiday Inn & Convention Center
1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point
$99.99 cut off date 9/6/21
$99.99 cut off date 11/13/21
715-344-0200 and press #3
Ask for: Assn of WI School Administrators - AWSA
Reservation Link

Other Information:

Cancellation Policy: Full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received 10 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.