Leading for Equity Academy

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 and career ready.  As Wisconsin’s student population becomes increasingly diverse, the persistence of disparities in the educational system poses real challenges to opportunity and economic progress.   

AWSA and WASDA are pleased to share that Dr. Colleen Capper (UW-Madison) and Dr. Elise Frattura (UW-Milwaukee) will once again partner with Dr. Joe Schroeder (AWSA) to facilitate the 2020 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 (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. 

The Leading for Equity Academy (LEA) will engage you in a deep analysis of your school/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 help leaders across Wisconsin provide schools of equity and excellence for their communities. 

Registering for the LEA provides free access to ICS modules (Capper and Frattura) for the 2020-21 school year.  Continued module access after this will require purchase of a license, at a discounted rate, directly from ICS.


$410 for AWSA Members and $550 for Non-Members*

*Principals and associate principals must be members to receive the member rate. Member principals or associate principals can enroll teachers as guests at the member rate. Non-member principals can enroll teachers as guests for the non-member rate

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, 2020. 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. You can also find out more in our 2020-21 Professional Learning Catalog.


Knowledge Objectives

  1. Learn foundational concepts in the following areas related to leading for equity:  the history of marginalization; assets- vs. deficits-based thinking; identity development; and equity research themes.
  2. Understand how to construct equity non-negotiables and co-plan to co-serve 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. 

Practice Objectives

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

Dates and Locations

The LEA includes three consecutive full-day workshops. Typical daily sessions run from 8 am – 3:30 pm.  

Cohort One

Cohort Two

July 14-16, 2020 - SOLD OUT!

This three day session has been moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held virtually through Zoom.

 August 4-6, 2020

This three day session has been moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held virtually through Zoom.


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