Upcoming Events

The upcoming events on this page are AWSA events that are currently open for registration. To find more future or past events please visit the AWSA Professional Learning Calendar. We have separated the events on this page into three separate categories:

Academies - Conferences - Workshops

Have a question about one or more of the events you see below? Contact AWSA at 608-241-0300. Full refunds of fees will be made on cancellations received two weeks before the event begins. Following that date, 40% administrative fee will be retained. There will be no refunds for no-shows or cancellations made during or after the event.

Several of our academies have ESSA reimbursement opportunities available. To find out more about reimbursement and eligibility please see our 2019-20 Professional Learning Catalog


New Building Administrators Academy 

Year-long program - Begins August 8, 2019

School leadership is essential to high performing schools. It is the mission of the New Building Administrators Program to provide the support necessary for early career principals and associate principals to succeed.

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Building Effective Leadership Academy

Multiple Days - Begins July 2019

The BEL Academy is designed to support principals and associate principals through a similar cohort approach three times during the school year for relevant, ongoing learning specifically designed for leaders serving in years 2-5 who want an integrated, cohort approach to leadership development rather than a deep dive into a specific area of the work that is typically provided by one of our existing AWSA Academies.

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Leading Professional Learning Communities

Multiple Days - Begins August 12

If you’re looking to build, advance or sustain a professional learning community, this academy will help you thrive.  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 specific areas such as leadership, assessment, collaboration and more.

More information / Sold Out 

Impactful Coaching Academy 

Multiple Days, Locations, & Cohorts 

The educator effectiveness model provides growth opportunities for teachers, principals and other valued staff in our school districts today. This model requires principals to be highly effective coaches. Whether your school has instructional coaches or you’re trying to build teacher leadership capacity, all staff desire and deserve coaching and feedback aligned to high expectations, standards, and research-based effective instructional practices. In this professional learning opportunity, participants will further develop the capacity to provide coaching and feedback that is aligned to high expectations, standards, and research-based effective instructional practices.   

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Impactful Coaching Academy: Advancing Your Skills

Two Day Offering 

Educators and school leaders have many conversations in a day. These conversations, often focused on teaching and learning, can have a significant impact on improvement efforts in a school as it relates to student achievement and engagement. Conversations that foster a positive educational environment and support the diverse cultural and learning needs of students and classroom problems of practice is the focus of thistwo day offering. This “refresher” will assist educators and school leaders in increasing already developing skills by engaging in coaching simulations that use targeted questioning and conversation strategies. This offering is for any educator and school or district leader who has already participated in the four day Impactful Coaching Academy.

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Data Leadership Academy

Multiple Days, Locations, & Cohorts - Begins Fall of 2019

The Data Leadership Academy is designed to help leaders and leadership teams develop an inquiry mindset, data use culture, and capacity to lead continuous improvement efforts that focus on high-quality data-informed teaching, learning, and systems improvement. During each session, team members will learn, reflect, discover, refine, and design strategies to enhance their own leadership

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Mental Health and Resilience Academy

Multiple Days - Begins Fall 2019

Meeting the rising mental health needs of school communities is an increasing challenge for education leaders. The Mental Health and Resilience (MHR) Academy is designed to grow capacity in Wisconsin’s School Mental Health Framework and related efforts. The overall goal is to equip leaders with easy-to-access resources, tools, and application examples so that relevant, local action can be thoughtfully implemented and monitored.

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Leading for Equity Academy

Year-long program - Begins Fall 2019

The Leading for Equity Academy 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 -- achievement gaps, however they are manifested within your local community.  The blended and distributed learning session design of this academy fosters application of learning and related plans with timely opportunities for reflection and adjustments as participants 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.

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School Administrators Institute for Transformational Leadership (SAIL)

Two year long program 

SAIL is designed to assist school and district leadership teams in creating a coherent and connected plan for transforming education at the local level within a complex environment, and in the process, instill confidence throughout the system for powerfully moving forward.

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Supporting Principal Excellence: Professional Growth Coaching for Leaders Academy

Multiple Days, Locations, & Cohorts 

School administrators need skillful support from leaders of teaching and learning; leaders who believe in coaching as a vehicle for developing exemplary leadership. The Professional Growth Coaching for Leaders Academy, presented by WASDA and AWSA, will equip superintendents, central office leaders and others who directly support principals with the tools and practices that enhance principal performance in leading schools of equity and excellence for student success.  

Register for Madison / Register for Stevens Point


2019 Elementary Principals Convention
October 9-11, 2019 - Kalahari Resort | Wisconsin Dells

The 2019 Elementary Principals Convention will take place from October 9-11, 2019 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. 

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School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education (SLATE)
December 9-11, 2019 - Kalahari Resort | Wisconsin Dells

School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education (SLATE) is a comprehensive educational technology convention designed by leading education associations to meet the needs of all schools and districts. 

More information / Registration open!

2020 Associate Principals Conference
January 29-31, 2020 - Hilton City Center | Milwaukee

The 2020 Associate Principals Conference will take place January 29-31, 2020 at the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee.

More information / Registration open!

2020 Middle and High School Principals Convention
February 12-14, 2020 - Kalahari Resort | Wisconsin Dells

The 2020 Middle and High School Principals Convention will take place February 12-14, 2020 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. 

More information / Registration open!



Mini-Observations: Operational Details on Coaching Teachers with Short,  Frequent, Unannounced Visits

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Kalahari Resort | Wisconsin Dells  

Research has shown that the traditional teacher-evaluation model has very little impact on teaching and learning. Kim will suggest a different approach with these components: 

  • Short, frequent, unannounced classroom visits followed by face-to-face coaching conversations and very brief narrative summaries sent afterward

  • Orchestration of teacher teamwork creating curriculum unit plans and orchestration of teacher teamwork looking at student work and data

  • Student perception surveys as coaching input to teachers

  • Rubrics used for self-assessment and summative evaluation

This balanced model promises to have a far greater impact on teaching and learning and provide sound data for summative evaluations.  

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Managing to Lead Workshops 

August 2019 - Multiple Locations

The multiple change initiatives underway in education demand more time for learning leadership than ever before. How will you manage such leadership challenges? Where will you find the time? Managing to Lead is designed for an administrator and his/her administrative assistant to take TOGETHER. This has helped countless teams and schools take substantial “leaps forward” in their work – and in their personal lives.  

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Aspiring Superintendents Workshop

February 6, 2020 - Madison

The Aspiring Superintendent Program represents the commitment of AWSA and WASDA to invite and nurture the development of future school district leaders in Wisconsin. This effort will result in an ever-growing, high-quality pool of prepared candidates for district administrator positions to ensure that the condition of our profession will continue to improve as we meet the challenges of the future.

More information / Registration for 2020 coming soon!