May 9th Edition 

Instructional Rounds: Supporting a Culture of Quality Instruction and Student Learning

by Charles Urness, Ph.D.

During the 2011-2012 school year, I sat in a classroom and observed an engaging and empowering seventh grade math lesson. The teacher was masterfully implementing strategies from recent professional development and the students were enthusiastically learning new material. In instructional leader mode, which principals can relate to, I thought about how I could explain what this high-quality teacher was doing at an upcoming staff meeting. Thankfully, at about the same time I stumbled across an article published in the May/June 2009 edition of the Harvard Education Letter titled, Improving Teaching and Learning through Instructional Rounds.

Written by Lee Teitel, the piece described teams of educators, made up of principals, teachers, union leaders, and central office personnel, who visited schools and examined classroom instruction in a “focused, systematic, purposeful, and collective way” (p. 1). I was intrigued by the idea of Instructional Rounds and wondered if my school could implemented the practice in a slightly different way—using already-established teacher teams. Instead of attempting to describe exemplary teaching during staff meetings, I could use Instructional Rounds to take groups of teachers to see it in action. We could all learn from each other. We could learn from the experts right here in our building.  

AWSA’s Annual Election Results 

The following members have been elected to serve on the AWSA Board of Directors.
  • Region 1 (co-director): Danielle Bosanec, Chief Academic Officer, Pewaukee School District
  • Region 2 (co-director): Paul Brost, Principal, Monona Grove High School
  • Region 3: Carmen Burkum, Principal, Fennimore Elementary School
  • Region 7: Ty Breitlow, Principal, Chilton High School
  • Region 8: Adam DeWitt, Principal, Oconto Middle School
  • Region 10: Susan Kern, Principal, Chippewa Falls Middle School
  • Region 11: Sara Eichten, Principal, Somerset Middle School
  • Region 12: Dave Scholz, Principal, Phillips Elementary School
Trisha Detert appointed as AWSA’s President-Elect

At its April meeting, the AWSA Board of Directors unanimously appointed Trisha Detert, Principal at Washington Elementary School in Merrill, to the office of president-elect.
She will begin her term on July 1, 2018 and will then serve as president in 2019-20.


Quality Educator Convention

The Quality Educator Convention will be held June 27-29, 2018 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. This is a great opportunity to learn and enjoy some time away after wrapping up the school year. Please see the program for session descriptions and speaker information. 

The QE is designed for school and district leaders, curriculum and instructional specialists, and teacher leaders to take learning to new heights in their systems. The convention includes over 30 sessions on Leading for Students, Academic, Social and Emotional Success. Register today!

Various photos of the Kalahari Resort


AWSA Professional Learning 2018-19

Every year AWSA releases a catalog to outline our professional development and event offerings for the upcoming school year. 

We know that you are busy ensuring both the successful conclusion of the 2017-18 school year while preparing for 2018-19. We hope this catalog is helpful for you to plan for your continued growth.

We are also excited to inform you that, in addition to adding new academies, school leaders are eligible to be reimbursed up to 75% for completing an eligible academy next year. In 2018-19 approved Academies include: 

New Building Administrators Academy

Leading for Equity Academy 

Impactful Coaching Academy

Data Leadership Academy 

Leading Professional Learning Communities 

Supporting Principal Excellence (Coming soon!)

Sign Up for Dispute Resolution Training at Cardinal Stritch