Professional Learning

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference


June 23-25, 2024 | Spokane

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference: Unlocking the Power of Hope

AWSP and WASA are excited to announce the 42nd Annual Summer Conference will be held at the Spokane Convention Center this June!  Join us June 23 - 25, 2024 for this incredible opportunity to network and learn with educational leaders from across our state.

The AWSP/WASA Summer Conference is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2023-2024 school year and gain insights and ideas for creating a hope-filled year ahead!


June 23-25, 2024


Spokane Convention Center


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

Conference Registration is Open!

Registration includes 9 clock hours and applicable meals (see form for details).

Please Note: If your assistant or other staff member is registering a group from your district, they may need to create a free MyAWSP account. They can look up or create their account here.

AWSP Members: Use your usual AWSP log-in to access online registration. Please do not create a guest account. If you are unsure of your password, you can reset your password here.

WASA Members: You should now have an account in AWSP's system. If you have never logged in, you might need to set or reset your password. You can look up your account, set, or reset your password here.

Not a Member of AWSP or WASA? Start here to see if we have an account for you in our system. You'll find instructions here to set up a new account, if necessary.

(Please only use the PDF form if you have trouble registering online.)


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.


You must first register for the conference to gain access to the hotel room block links. Details will be provided in your registration confirmation. (Note: This is NOT a Hoopfest year.) Please call the hotels directly with any questions or concerns regarding reservations. (Visit Spokane is not handling reservations this year.) If you have trouble securing a room reservation through one of our hotel partners, email Kim Marquette.

Room Rates

 Davenport Grand Hotel
  • One King/Two King $199
  • Single/Double/Triple/Quad $199
Davenport Historic Hotel 
  • One King, Single, Double, Triple, or Quad $199
Davenport Tower Hotel
  •  One King/Two King $199
  • Single/Double/Triple/Quad $199
Double Tree by Hilton
  • One King-Single $189
  • One King-Double $189
  • One King-Triple $199
  • One King-Quad $209
  • Two Queens-Single $189
  • Two Queens-Double $189
  • Two Queens-Triple $199
Centennial Hotel
  • One Bed-Single/Double $199
  • Two Beds-Single/Double $199
Ruby River Hotel 
  • One Bed-Single/Double $159
  • Two Beds-Single/Double $159

* Note: The Davenport properties will say $209 when booking, but the actual fee that will be charged to your card is $199.

Breakout Session Proposals

Thank you to those of you who submitted a proposal. The call for presenters is now closed. All applicants will be notified by mid-February. If you have any questions about your proposal, please email Julie Woods.

Breakout Session Topics

Breakout sessions will be focused on the following topics:

  • Belonging and Inclusion
  • Effective Teams
  • Hope-Focused Innovation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Culture
  • Successful/Hope-filled Systems and Operations
  • Academic Success
  • Other

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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