Professional Learning

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference


June 23-25, 2024 | Spokane

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference: Unlocking the Power of Hope

AWSP and WASA thank you for helping make our 2024 Summer Conference a huge success! School and district leaders like you are truly the key to unlocking the power of hope for our students and school communities. We hope you enjoyed your time at the conference and look forward to reading your feedback.

Conference Survey and Clock Hour Form

Attendees received an email with a link to the conference survey and clock hours on the last day of the conference (Tuesday, June 25). A link to the clock hour forms will appear at the end of the survey upon completion.

There are 9 Clock Hours in total:

  • 1 clock hour for each of the 5 breakout sessions
  • 1 clock hour for each of the 3 keynote speakers
  • 1 clock hour for each of the association luncheon meetings

If you didn’t receive the email or have trouble downloading the clock hour forms, please reach out to AWSP's Dameon Brown.

These are GENERAL Clock Hours.

Pre-Conference Clock Hours

If you attend a preconference session, hard copies of the clock hour forms will be provided after your session. Leadership clock hours were available for each pre-conference.  If you have questions, email AWSP's Dameon Brown.


June 23-25, 2024


Spokane Convention Center


Principals, assistant principals, superintendents, and other current or aspiring school and district leaders.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. There is a $100 fee ($40 for aspiring/student members) for ALL conference cancellations up until 4 p.m. Friday, June 7, to cover staff processing time and any meal/venue guarantees. (An additional $100 will be charged for cancellation of each preconference.) All cancellations made after 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7 will be charged the full amount. If you register for the conference or a pre-conference and do not attend, you will not receive a refund.

Download the App

Our 2024 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference app gives you access to the most up-to-date information and networking tools. Search the App Store or Google Play for “AWSP/WASA Summer Conference 24" or use the links below.  
You will receive an email invitation from (it might look like AWSP/WASA SUMMER CONFERENCE 2024 as the sender name). If you don't have a Guidebook account, your email invitation should contain a temporary password. 

Print-Your-Own Conference Program

The conference program lists a detailed daily agenda and all concurrent session topics and speakers. A limited number of print programs will be available at the conference. Download and print a copy to take with you.

Conference Sponsor


Thank You to Our General Conference Sponsor, WSIPC!

Special thanks to WSPIC for supporting this year's AWSP/WASA Summer Conference as our General Conference Sponsor. WSIPC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, relevant, and fiscally responsible variety of technology services that empower the K-12 community so they can focus on their educational mission. Learn more.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers


Lori Hayes

Lori L. Speaks, LLC
Building an Army of Leaders

Sunday Opening Banquet Speaker

Energy. Energy. Energy. Lori has the ability to energize audiences with her real, relevant and relational programming. Her comedic delivery engages audiences while simultaneously challenging them to transform. 

Lori has been on the front lines in the education sector for over 25 years. Her education experience includes serving as the Student Activities Coordinator for the West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research and most recently as the Student Activities Coordinator for the historical Howard High School. During her time at Howard she had the honor of teaching English and served as the advisor of many, many clubs.

Having a front row seat as the wife of a high school administrator provides a rare vantage point of the inter-workings of a school setting. Rounding out her educational perspective is the role of being a parent of three sons. 


Dr. Chan Hellman

Professor at the University of Oklahoma and Director of the Hope Research Center

Monday Morning Keynote Speaker

Dr. Chan M. Hellman is a professor at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center and has published over 100+ research studies. Chan has presented his work on hope with TEDx and has provided invited talks in Europe, United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity. This research informed the development of the “Hope Centered and Trauma Informed” training program used to promote Hope Centered Organizations. Chan is the co-author of the award-winning book “Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life” published by Morgan James. As a result of this work, Chan was one of five invited workshops for Jane Goodall’s Activating Hope Summit (2021). Chan’s work was featured as a main stage presentation at the 2023 American Psychological Association convention. Chan has Co-Founded Hope Rising Oklahoma along with First Lady Sarah Stitt in their effort to make Oklahoma a hope-centered state.


Dr. Paul Hernandez

Author, Corwin Press

Tuesday Closing Speaker

Dr. Paul Hernandez, PhD, is a nationally recognized speaker and leader in college access and success, community outreach, and pedagogy for educators working with underserved students and students at promise. He received his doctorate in Sociology, specializing in education, social inequality, and diversity. He has served as a faculty member, non-profit administrator, and higher education administrator. Currently, Dr. Hernandez partners with higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations to develop and evolve their work with students and communities. Prior to earning his degrees, he was engulfed in gang culture and deep poverty. He openly shares his personal story and how his path influenced his work. He has learned ways to empower younger people traveling a similar path and share lessons with those working to address the multitude of challenges faced by diverse populations of youth at promise. Paul has received awards such as the National Education Association Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award, the Michigan Education Association Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award, the Equity in Education award by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and an Honors Professor of the Year Award for teaching.

Additional Conference Details

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For More Information 

Dameon Brown | Professional Learning & Mentorship Program Coordinator | (360) 338-3758
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