Professional Learning

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference

Summer Conference 2022 Banner

You Belong Here

Save the Date for June 26-28, 2022 in Spokane

AWSP and WASA are excited to announce that the 2022 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference will be held in person in Spokane this June! Join us June 26-28 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:

Keynote Speakers

The following keynote speakers have been confirmed for this year's conference.

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.

The Call for Presenters is Now Closed

Notification to all presenters will go out the week of March 1.


Registration opens Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Watch for details coming soon!


The conference housing block opens Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Registrants will receive a link in their registration confirmation email that will allow them to register for the housing block.

For questions about housing, contact Visit Spokane's Bethany Letcher between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 509.744.3340 or


For More Information 

Macy Bruhy | Professional Learning & Intern Support | (800) 562-6100

Back To Top