Professional Learning

Pre-Conference Workshops


Two-Day Workshop: June 22-23


Teacher and Student Growth through Evaluation: Conversations for School Leaders

Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day | This session is generously funded in part by OSPI.
Becky Lee, Principal, Summit Virtual Academy, North Thurston PS
Anzara Miller, Danielson State Framework Lead; and Director of Leadership & Development, Center for the Strengthening the Teaching Profession

School culture and trust are foundational to school improvement. The teacher / supervisor relationship is key to supporting a culture of inquiry and trust. The Final Revised Student Growth Goal rubrics implemented state-wide in 2024-25 SY provide an opportunity for leaders to refresh their own skills in inquiry and learning focused conversations that build trust, recognize the skills and talents of our educators, and foster reflection and growth for practitioners AND students. This two-day teacher/supervisor workshop involves active engagement and is a popular annual event at AWSP. This year, the instructors will incorporate updated tools to support the shift in student growth rubrics. 

Price: $125 (lunch included)
Clock hours: 12 Leadership clock hours (included in price)

Two-Day Workshop: June 22-23

Instructional Framework Trainings

Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day | These sessions are generously funded in part by OSPI.

  • Marzano Stage 1: This two-day training prepares evaluators of classroom teachers to apply the newly revised Marzano TPEP Framework. Participants will understand the research foundations of the framework and gain foundational knowledge and skills for observing and evaluating classroom instruction through the Marzano Framework. (Anne Wolfley & Mark Gardner)
  • CEL Stage 1: This two-day overview of the UW/CEL Instructional Framework and how it aligns with the state's teacher evaluation system is targeted to principals who are new to the process and have only limited experience with CEL 5D+. The intended audience is principals, assistant principals, and central office staff who evaluate teachers under the TPEP evaluation system and are new to the framework as an evaluator. (Whitney Meissner & Cathy Lendosky)
  • Danielson Stage 1: This workshop is for principals, assistant principals, central office staff in districts using the Danielson Instructional Framework. Those who evaluate teachers are required to complete Stage 1 and Stage 2 Framework training. Using the Danielson Framework, participants will increase their ability to support effective teaching using the state criteria, comparing their evaluation scoring with others for inter-rater reliability. (Mindy Meyer & Winston Benjamin)
Price: $125 each (lunch included)
Clock hours: In the 12 clock hours that are included with the price, participants may claim up to 12 Leadership clock hours and up to 4 Equity clock hours (not to exceed the total hours of the workshop).

Full-Day Workshop: Saturday, June 22

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School Administrator Government-to-Government Relationships Training

Saturday, June 22 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm | This session is generously funded in part by OSPI.
Dr. Maegann Rides at the Door, Ph.D, Executive Director of Policy and Programs at National Native Children's Trauma Center
Dr. Michael Smith, Ph.D., Behavior Coordinator, Centralia SD
Dr. Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Director of Assessment and Data, Wapato SD
Jerad Koepp (Wukchumni), Native Student Program Specialist, North Thurston PS
Maxine Alex, Ma.Ed, Tribal Consultation Program Supervisor

This workshop will meet the following requirements for Administrator Recertification. House Bill 1426 (2022) mandates in renewing an administrator certificate on or after July 1, 2023, continuing administrators must attend a 5-hour Government-to-Government Relationships Training to focus on (each workshop names below are one hour):
  • Introduction to Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State
  • Boarding Schools and Historical Trauma
  • Identifying Native Students in Public Schools
  • Agents of Change: School Leadership Behaviors and Dispositions
  • Creation of Government-to-Government Systems
Price: $125 (lunch included)
Clock Hours: 5 Government-to-Government clock hours (included in price)

Full-Day Workshop: Sunday, June 23


Hope-Centered Leadership 

ALL DAY | Sunday June 23 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Dr. Chan Hellman 

It’s time to learn more about hope and how it can support your work as a school leader (or any leader for that matter)!

Hope is the belief that tomorrow can be better than today, and you have the power to make it so. As we work to maintain our emotional health as leaders, we are also in a position to help others in our community to find hope and thrive.

Nurturing hope improves educational outcomes for children and is a protective factor to stress, burnout, and turnover among staff.  The concept of hope has emerged as an essential factor in the well-being of children, adults, and families. Hope is the belief that tomorrow can be better than today, and we have the power to make it so.
Understanding the research underpinning Hope Science and its impact on individuals, teams and organizations.

Price: $225 (lunch included)
Clock Hours: 6 Leadership clock hours (included in price)

Half-Day Workshop: Sunday, June 23 (Morning)


Leading With Intention: Moving from Hope to Action in Unlocking Deeper Collaboration in Driving Results

MORNING | Sunday June 23 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dr. Peter Dewitt, Consultant
Mike Nelson, Assistant Executive Director, WASA

Leaders often engage in strategies that result in little impact. They become activity rich and impact poor. In this engaging pre-conference facilitated by Michael Nelson and Peter DeWitt, they will model how leaders can develop internal and external self-awareness, foster human interconnectedness as a school community, and engage in a reciprocal transfer of learning that will help further a deeper social-emotional and academic impact on student learning.

Price: $175
Clock Hours: 3 Leadership clock hours (included in price)

Half-Day Workshop: Sunday, June 23 (Morning)

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Can You Hear Me Now? Tools and strategies for More Effective Communication in Less Time

MORNING | Sunday June 23 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Cindy Cromwell, 2021 National Digital Principal of the Year | Principal, Loowit High School and Kelso Virtual Academy (K-12), Kelso SD
David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP

Explore key building blocks of effective communication, including using different ideas, strategies, tools, and technologies (including AI) to level up your communication. Learn how to make your communication more inclusive, effective, and efficient. In this session, Cindy and David will leave you with tools and strategies to leave you feeling like a cool, collected, and confident communicator.

Price: $175
Clock Hours: 3 Leadership clock hours (included in price)

Half-Day Workshop: Sunday, June 23 (Afternoon)


Generative AI's Impact on Education

AFTERNOON | Sunday June 23 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm 
Jeff Utecht

Dive into a 3-hour intensive workshop on OSPI's evolving AI guidelines and their impact on future education. This hands-on session requires a ChatGPT account (Plus/Team recommended). We'll strategize for the upcoming school year, explore funding options, and learn to harness AI effectively. 

Price: $175
Clock Hours: 3 Leadership clock hours (included in price)

Registration Options

Full Conference Registration

Use one of the buttons below to register for the full conference, including any preconference sessions you'd like to add on to full conference registration.

Pre-Conference Registration ONLY

Want to register for a preconference(s) ONLY? Use the form below, or email Dameon Brown with your preconference registration request.

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For More Information 

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