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You Belong Here!

Join us June 26-28, 2022 in Spokane

AWSP and WASA are excited to host the 2022 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference — held in person — in Spokane this June 26–28! Join us for an opportunity to network and learn with fellow school leaders.

This is a year of celebration — not only because it's the 40th Anniversary of the AWSP/WASA Summer Conference — but also because school leaders like you have overcome unimaginable obstacles during the past three school years.

This year's theme is "You Belong Here." Sessions will focus on belonging, inclusion, collaboration, climate & culture, systems, and student learning.

Countdown to Conference:


AWSP Members

Use your usual AWSP website log-in to access online registration. Please do not create a guest account.

WASA Members

WASA members will receive an email from AWSP with instructions on how to create a log-in and password for the online registration portal. Please check your email. Some WASA members received this email last week, and others will receive it this week.

Not a Member of Either Association?

Click register online below and create a guest account unless you know you have an account with us.


Call AWSP and we can help! 800.562.6100.

Registering for a Pre-Conference?

The first 100 people to register for a PRE-CONFERENCE will receive a free copy of keynote speaker Dr. Richard White's book, "I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream" (a $28 value).


You cannot access the housing registartion system until you've registered for the conference. You will find the details to access the housing registration in your conference registration email.  

Please note this is a Hoopfest year. Housing reservations will be monitored closely to ensure that only conference attendees have made reservations in the conference room blocks. 

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding reservations, please call Spokane Housing Services at 509-744-3342 or email: Their office is available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday PST. Please do NOT contact the hotel at this time.


Start planning your travel and conference experience today! View the daily agenda for Summer Conference. (Breakout session details will be posted in March.)

Venue, Masks, and Vaccination Status

We're holding the conference in the new section of the Spokane Convention Center

Please note the state requires masks to be worn at all times during large events, unless consuming food or drink. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination status OR a negative test acquired within 72 hours of the event start. 

We will continue to follow the Washington state mandates, which are subject to change.

Call for Presenters

The call for presenters is now closed. Notification to all presenters will go out the week of March 1.


Exhibitor registration opens Monday, March 7, 2022. Details will be posted soon!

Keynote Speakers

What do these keynote speakers have in common? Well, despite their very different backgrounds and lives, they're all going to leave you feeling excited and inspired. You won't want to miss any of them!

Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin

Sunday Evening
Author, Keynote, Creator

"Make the impossible possible." Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. He is recognized as one of the World’s Best Motivational Speakers as well as World’s Top Organizational Culture Thought Leaders by Global Gurus (2020). As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media. Learn more.

Shelley Moore


Monday Morning
Inclusion Consultant

Based in Vancouver, BC, Shelley Moore is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller who has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the US. Her research and work has been featured at national and international conferences and is constructed based on theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development. Learn more.


Dr. Richard Antoine White


Tuesday Closing
Inspirational Speaker, Professor & Principal Tubist

With over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Dr. Richard Antoine White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. Author of the memoir I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream, he began his tuba studies with Ed Goldstein at age twelve at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. Dr. White is passionate about motivational speaking. Learn more.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, June 26

TWO FULL DAYS : 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. (Partially funded by OSPI.)

  • CEL Instructional Framework Stage 1
  • Marzano Instructional Framework Stage 1
  • Danielson Instructional Framework Stage 1
  • Increasing Teacher Effectiveness Through Focused Conversations

Sunday, June 26 ONLY

MORNING: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Leadership for Achieving Equitable Student Outcomes

Dr. Vernita Mayfield, Inspirational Speaker and Author

The past two years have surfaced anew long existing disparities in educational outcomes between white students and students of color. Yet, with the urgency to address the problem comes a host of barriers that can potentially derail efforts. Change leadership looks different when you are building the capacity of leadership, staff, the community, and possibly yourself to understand and challenge the legacies of inequity in schools. How do you champion and lead an initiative so emotionally gripping - that challenges cultural biases, scrutinizes traditional practices, and changes those that no longer serve all students as well?

Originally from Los Angeles where she was an elementary teacher, Dr. Vernita Mayfield found her first love serving and supporting students who have been historically marginalized. Since then, she has continued to do so through numerous positions of service including secondary school administrator, Director of Learning Services, School Improvement Specialist, and Consultant. In 2012 she founded Leadervation Learning. The organization supports leaders at all levels in creating systems that result in more equitable student outcomes using data driven processes with observable, measurable results. Learn more.

AFTERNOON: 1 – 4 p.m. (Choose one of two options)

Option 1


Daunting Yet Doable – The Role of the Principal in a Professional Learning Community at Work 

Dr. Janel Keating, Superintendent, White River SD

There’s no universal affection in this role! Do you have the courage to move beyond managing to leading learning and developing the leadership capacity in others? This session will focus on the critical leadership behaviors of the principal, assistant principal, and their relationship with the team leaders when building a collaborative culture, and a school-wide focus on learning both for students and the adults who serve them.

Pre-Conference Targets:

  • Build capacity of staff to create a high performing PLC - time, resources, and support
  • Disperse leadership throughout the school
  • Create high-expectations for principals to stretch the aspirations and performance levels of each team
  • Establish systems to facilitate and support the PLC process to include the master schedule
  • Create a culture that is simultaneously loose and tight 
  • Ensure students have access to a guaranteed and viable curriculum unit by unit, and more
Dr. Janel Keating is Superintendent of the White River SD. She is a former elementary and middle school teacher, elementary principal, director of student learning, and deputy superintendent. Learn more.

Option 2


Cultural Competence NOW: Discussion Exercises to Help You Understand and Challenge Bias, Racism and Privilege

Dr. Vernita Mayfield, Inspirational Speaker and Author

Trying to build your knowledge of racism, bias, or privilege but not sure where to begin? Bring your team to this session and let's do it together! This 3-hour session will engage teams in highly interactive learning and discussions on a variety of topics related to understanding and achieving racial equity in schools.


For More Information 

Macy Bruhy | Member Engagement & State Programs Administrator | (800) 562-6100

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