Leading for Equity Academy
Developing Leadership Capacity for Equity Systems Change

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Next Offered August 9-11, 2021| Virtual via Zoom 

In order for Wisconsin’s students to be prepared for their futures and Wisconsin’s communities to remain strong in a global economy, it is imperative that all students graduate college-, career, and life-ready. As Wisconsin’s student population becomes increasingly diverse, persistent disparities in the educational system pose real challenges both to individual opportunity and economic progress. 

WASDA and AWSA are partnering to provide the 2021 Leading for Equity Academy (LEA). The  LEA will engage you in a deep analysis of your district so that you are equipped to thoughtfully address complex problems of equity and effectively action plan next steps to tackle persistent -- but not insurmountable -- opportunity gaps, however they are manifested within your local community.  This Academy fosters application of learning and related plans with timely opportunities for reflection and adjustments so that participants can cultivate sustainable practices and mindsets back home. The overall goal of the LEA is to increase the capacity of district leaders to move beyond well-intentioned, piecemeal equity efforts in order to pursue equity systems change aimed at advancing the learning of all students.

WASDA and AWSA are pleased to share that Dr. Colleen Capper (Professor Emerita, UW-Madison) and Dr. Elise Frattura (Professor Emerita, UW-Milwaukee) will once again partner with Dr. Joe Schroeder (AWSA) and Dr. Barb Sramek (WASDA) to facilitate the 2021 Leading for Equity Academy.  Drs. Capper and Frattura have dedicated their professional lives to equity work in education; have co-authored three books and over 60 refereed articles on the subject; and have co-created a highly regarded, research-based, and field-tested approach called Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity(ICS), which provides a baseline assessment, framework, and process that education leaders can use to thoughtfully address existing inequities in their organizations from a systems approach.  Registering for the LEA provides free access to ICSEquity modules (Capper & Frattura) for the 2021-22 school year.  Continued module access after this will require the purchase of a license, at a discounted rate, directly from ICSEquity.

Primary Audience: District Leadership Teams, including the Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Special Education/Student Services, Technology Director, Business Manager, HR Director, District Principals, and Associate Principals, and other district-level staff including Learning Coordinators, etc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn foundational concepts in the following areas related to leading for equity: the history of marginalization; assets- vs. deficit-based thinking; identity development; and equity research themes.
  2. Understand how to construct equity non-negotiables and co-plan to co-serve to co-learn teams and how they both function to disrupt a cycle of marginalization.
  3. Demonstrate how to transform adult roles and responsibilities that support identity-relevant teaching and learning for all students.
  4. Grasp how to leverage local policy, procedures, and funding to eliminate inequities.

Leading Objectives:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive school/district equity audit.
  2. Create a draft equity non-negotiables document to guide the local school/district’s improvement journey.
  3. Develop a local school/district equity action plan, indicating which specific equity steps will be addressed each year.

Dates and Location:

August 9-11, 2021 (Virtual Workshops via Zoom)

All three days will run 8 am - 3 pm


$328 per attendee

Wisconsin 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.


See how the LEA can powerfully inform and influence school leadership through this 4-minute video of former Leading for Equity Academy participant and 2021 Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year, Kari Strebig of Rhinelander HS.


“Thank you so much for facilitating this process.  This has been an absolutely inspiring start to the metamorphosis our district is about to undertake.”

“I appreciate you for doing this work, for changing minds and lives.” 

“Colleen and Elise are very impressive.  I trust them and the research and time they have put into this work.  I am inspired by their work and want to make this happen for my students and district.”

“It is powerful to see where we (as individuals, as well as schools) are in the process.  Important to continue the reframe that it is a lifetime of work, balanced with concrete steps.” 

“I am so glad to see that you have organized into a program the concepts and ideas that are necessary to reform the educational system that we all must work within.  I am excited for my district to embark on this journey, and to see the level of participation from my district in your training. Thanks!” 

“We learned how to analyze our practices/system in a totally new way.  It is our responsibility and we are empowered to do so.”

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 the 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. For information on webinars or webinar recordings contact Jena Sebald at [email protected]