District Level

Update Archives

Upcoming Events

Middle & High School Principals Convention
February 2019
Registration open!

Aspiring Superintendents Workshop
February 5, 2019 
Registration open!

Aspiring Administrators Workshop
April 10 or 11, 2019 
Registration open!

AWSA Enjoys the Support of:

Welcome to AWSA's bi-weekly newsletter! Below you will find our most recent edition of the AWSA Update Bulletin. Located on the side you will find current and past articles, current events and sponsor information.  

March 13th Edition

Adult Learning Frameworks: Articulating What Good Looks Like

by Joe Schroeder, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, AWSA

A common root cause problem in improvement efforts is that leaders have not yet articulated what goodbetter, and best look like in one or more area of instructional priority for the school/system. And our work with dozens of Wisconsin school/district teams to date through our SAIL Academy and other consultation indicate that, until teams address this root cause problem, their improvement efforts are potentially “stuck.” Adult Learning Frameworks are a solution to a common problem in ways that deepen learning, focus support, cultivate collaborative culture, and instill internal accountability.  

Read more.

12 Wisconsin Public School Leaders Receive Kohl Leadership Awards

The purpose of the Herb Kohl Leadership Award is to recognize and support excellence in Wisconsin school administration. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation's goal is to support Wisconsin principals in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their schools or professional development. The 12 public school Kohl Leadership Award recipients and the 12 schools of those principals will each receive $6,000 grants from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet.

2019 Public School Honorees:

  Aida Cruz-Farin, Waukesha, Blair Elementary School
  Michelle Miner, Wauwatosa, Lincoln Elementary School
  Michele Trawicki, Menomonee Falls, Marcy Elementary School
  Jared Schaffner, Onalaska, Onalaska High School
  Amy Fassbender, Baraboo, Willson Elementary School
  Corey Baumgartner, Kaukauna, Kaukauna High School
  David Lamers, Appleton, Woodland Intermediate School
  Ty Breitlow, Chilton, Chilton High School
  Jeremy Pach, Pulaski, Pulaski High School
  Zachary Pethan, Sheboygan, Jefferson Elementary School
  Melissa Olson, Chippewa Falls, Parkview Elementary School
  Nate Schurman, River Falls, Greenwood Elementary School

AWSA would like to thank the Herb Kohl Foundation for their continued commitment to promoting high-quality educational opportunities for every Wisconsin student.

Future of WorkKeys

It is the position of AWSA and the School Administrators Alliance that the State should not require the WorkKeys assessment as part of the State Assessment system. And that the State could use the money saved to invest in the Career and Technical Education Technical Incentive Grant program.

In short, students, school districts and employers have found little value in WorkKeys. The change would save precious instructional time and provide support for the CTE Technical Incentive Grant program.

Policy-makers are interested in making this change but have asked for data on what percentage of high school principals would favor making this change. Therefore, AWSA recently surveyed our high school members, and the results found overwhelming support for ending the requirement for universal implementation of WorkKeys as part of the State Assessment System.

Strongly Support

We will keep the membership informed on developments related to the future of WorkKeys.

March is Middle-Level Education Month 

March marks the celebration of Middle Level Education. During this month, we highlight the importance of high-quality middle level education and its role in ensuring future success for our students. Visit the AMLE Middle Level Education Month website for resources and ideas to help you spread the word.