2021 Associate Principals Conference 

Save the date for AWSA’s 2021 Associate Principals Conference taking place January 27-29, 2021. Keynote speaker JC Pohl will open the conference on building school culture and Dr. Akil Ross will close the conference on motivating teachers to teach to the heart.

In addition, the conference features:
  • Pre-conference sessions on "A School Leader’s Guide to Tackling Attendance Challenges" and AP Legal Seminar
  • Sessions on:
  • Leveraging Insights from COVID Thought Leaders, Informing Your Next Steps
  • Building Resilient Students
  • Coaching for Engagement:Creating the Conditions for Learning
  • Becoming a Better Version of Yourself: The School Leader Paradigm in Action
  • Understanding Wisconsin Drug Trends
  • Restorative Practices in Education
  • Coaching for Equity
  • Cracking the Code: The Tactics for Hardwiring Leadership Impact Into Your Weeks and Work
  • Leading Professional Learning Communities: A Lever for Change
  • Personal and Professional Boundaries: Keys to Proactive, Resilient Leading and Living
  • Unlocking Your Organization’s Fullest Potential
Due to COVID, we will announce whether the convention will be held in-person or virtually when registration opens on November 10. If held in-person it will be at the Concourse Hotel in Madison.

Building School Culture
JC Pohl, Award-Winning Producer & Speaker

Building strong school culture should be the first priority of every school leader. It is proven to decrease bullying, enhance academic performance, and increase student engagement. In this session, JC reveals his framework for giving students a voice and empowering them to take ownership of their school. The methods explored are designed to build resiliency, develop positive culture, and connect students across your campus.

JC Pohl is an award-winning producer, nationally recognized speaker, and certified counselor who has reached over 10 million people in 7,000+ schools. He has produced groundbreaking programs such as TEEN TRUTH and RISING UP, and award-winning content for companies such as Warner Brothers, ESPN, and Disney. He has also provided innovative educational content for The American Film Institute and Human Relations Media.

Motivating Teachers to Teach to the Heart
Dr. Akil Ross, 2018 National Secondary Principal of the Year

Our nation faces a severe teacher shortage and teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates. The audience will leave this session with strategies to engage their staff in our most important work; developing meaningful relationships with all of our students. In so doing, not only will our best teachers remain in teaching they will thrive.

“He flunked the third grade. Now he’s the best high school principal in the nation.” This was the headline from the local newspaper after he was announced the National Principal of the Year. Dr. Akil Ross’ story is a testimony of the power a community has to transform a struggling student into a high performing student. Akil grew up in Washington, DC during the height of a drug and crime wave that claimed the potential of many young people in his community. In the midst of these conditions, transformational elements were made available that empowered him to maximize his potential. 

As principal of Chapin High School, Dr. Ross was named the 2018 Secondary Principal of the Year.