Leading Professional Learning Communities

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Working towards a common goal ensures a higher student outcome in engagement and achievement.

This academy will help you build or advance collaborative learning teams in your school or district.   Equip yourself, or better yet, a team, to sustain a professional learning community that ensures high levels of student learning and engagement.  The academy is designed to help you through unique challenges and will target areas such as leadership, assessment, collaboration and more. Specific areas that will also be addressed in the academy include growing team capacity to have hard conversations, analyzing student work, and protocols for addressing improvement areas identified and informed by data.

Since this academy builds on the Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute, hosted by Solution Tree, it is recommended that at least one member of the registered team should have attended an Institute in the past.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the elements of a professional learning community and the collaborative team process.
  2. Grasp the structure and benefits of utilizing both a guiding coalition and reciprocal accountability.
  3. Examine protocols and structures that guide and support the implementation of professional learning communities.
  4. Identify strategies for creating shared knowledge/direction as well as overcoming implementation obstacles.

Leading Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the use of effective protocols and structures to guide and support the implementation of professional learning communities.
  2. Exhibit evidence of leading a healthy culture built upon a foundation of strong trusting relationships.
  3. Act as an agent of change as demonstrated by the utilization of a guiding coalition, decision-making, communication, analysis, and implementation efforts.
  4. Demonstrate a continuous improvement mindset through ongoing implementation assessment.


This academy is $500 for AWSA members and $665 for non-members. Payment is required at time of registration. If you cannot pay until July 1, please email [email protected] and we will register you.

Dates and Locations:

This academy includes four full-day workshops running from 8:00-3:00 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sun Prairie.

  • October 2, 2024
  • November 21, 2024
  • January 21, 2025
  • March 13, 2025

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn
1220 S Grand Ave, Sun Prairie
(608) 856-4500
Corporate ID number- N3291980
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Tax exempt certificates are to be presented at time of check-in.

Other Information:

Event cancellation or Postponement
AWSA reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather or other acts of God. If there is an event cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule and registration fees will be applied to the reschedule event dates. In the unlikely event of cancellation of an event, including inclement weather, the liability of AWSA is limited to the return of paid registration fees minus actual expenses. Cancellations of travel reservations and hotel reservations made directly with the hotel are the responsibility of the attendee.

Academy Cancellation Policy
A full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received by 9/28/24. Following that date, there will be no refund of registration fee. *

*Refund fees retained by AWSA pay for your food guarantees, a/v equipment, meeting room rental and any hotel attritions caused by the cancellation.

Payment is required at time of registration. If you cannot pay until July 1, please email [email protected] and we will register you.

Dietary Disclaimer
AWSA makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free and basic food allergies. AWSA does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at an AWSA event.  

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 on the event’s web page for how to cancel your conference registration. 

Questions? Please call the AWSA office at (608) 241-0300.