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About the Series

AWSP's Building Effective Leadership (BEL) is a three-part series for leaders in years 2 and beyond. The series is built on the belief that authentic leadership is rooted in understanding and leveraging one’s own strengths and personality. BEL is not about lectures or your typical sit-and-get workshop.

To become an effective leader you need to experience dynamic, scenario-based learning that mirrors the complex challenges school leaders face every day. With your colleagues, you will navigate real situations and connect your leadership to your strengths to maximize the positive impact on students and adults. 

The more effective school leaders are, the more resourceful, instructive, and effective our school systems can become. Professional learning is your super power and you won’t want to miss this!

Dates, Locations, and Topics 

Stage 1

September 23, 2024
ESD 113 in Tumwater

6 Leadership clock hours

Stage 2

November 18-19, 2024
Four Points in Des Moines

12 Leadership clock hours

Stage 3

March 10-11, 2025
Four Points in Des Moines

12 Leadership clock hours


All school leaders in year 2 and beyond


Full Series: $800 AWSP members / $1,600 non-members
Single Stage:
 $300 AWSP member / $600 non-member


Each Stage:
Day 1: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Day 2: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

(Stage 1 is only one day)

What Attendees Have Said:

"BEL has been really helpful connecting me with colleagues from across the state who are experiencing the same things I experience. It helped me broaden my network to connect with people who might have other ideas around how to tackle the work." - Elementary Principal 

"I would highly recommend BEL! I found it extremely helpful getting myself going during my first year at a new school. I’m happy to have had the opporutnity to participate now in my third year.”

It keeps me up to date with new practices and new initiatives coming down the road. It’s an opportunity to collaborate and validate the complex work we do as administrators."

Register Today

If you are a current AWSP member, please log in and register online. If you are not currently an AWSP member, but know that you will become one for the 2024-25 school year, please use the PDF form and email it to Dameon Brown

Registration includes 6 Leadership clock hours for Stage 1, and 12 Leadership clock hours each for stages 2 and 3.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: All refund requests must be made in writingA 20% processing fee will be deducted from all refunds.
  • Full Refund: Requests must be received 20 business days before the workshop. (Minus a 20% processing fee.)
  • 50% Refund: Requests must be received 10-19 business days before the workshop. (Minus a 20% processing fee.)
  • No Refund: No-shows or cancellation requests received within 10 business days of the workshop will not receive a refund.
Workshop Series Refund: Refund requests for workshop series packages must be received 20 business days before the first session in the package.

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For More Information 

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