Professional Learning

iGrow Washington Summit

An AWSP Leaders of Color Network Event


Thank you all for an incredible first iGrow WA Summit! We hope to see you next year.

Join us at iGrow WA, the premier summit dedicated to Leaders of Color in Washington state education! Whether you're a seasoned principal, an aspiring leader, district leader, or an educational partner, this event is tailored to inspire, connect, and grow your leadership journey. The theme of the Summit is "We hear you. We see you. We need you."

What to Expect:

  • Inspiring Keynotes: Gain insights and wisdom from renowned leaders of color who have shattered glass ceilings and transformed educational landscapes.
  • Collaborative Sessions: Dive deep into the instructional leadership, Student Voice best practice, Wellness/SEL and Equity in a diverse learning community.
  • Networking Opportunities: Forge meaningful connections with fellow leaders, mentors, and like-minded individuals who share your passion for educational excellence.
  • Thoughtful Discussions: Engage in thought-provoking dialogue that tackles the unique challenges and opportunities facing leaders of color in today's educational landscape.
  • Empowerment and Growth: Walk away with the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to thrive as a leader of color, driving positive change in your school, district, or organization.

Why iGrow WA?

Diverse perspectives drive innovation and excellence in education. AWSP and our iGrow partners are committed to equipping Leaders of Color with the support and resources needed to excel in their roles, advocate for equity, and positively impact the lives of students and communities.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative experience! Join us at iGrow WA and take your leadership journey to new heights.


April 19-20, 2024


5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20


Leaders of Color, including principals, assistant principals, aspiring principals, district leadership, and educational leaders/partners


$149 per registrant


Doubletree Hotel Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98188

Housing/Room Block

We have a limited room block at the Doubletree Hotel Southcenter. The reservations page has preloaded group rates for the block. Note that rooms are "run of the house," meaning you'll receive the best available room at time of check-in.

Program & Agenda

Start planning your iGrow experience! View the full iGrow WA Summit program and agenda.

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Tron Young
Founder of iGrow

Be the Thermostat Consulting, LLC

Dr. Tron Young is the building principal at Joseph Arthur Middle School in the Central 104 School District in O’Fallon, IL. He is the 2020 Illinois Middle School Principal of the year and Illinois NASSP National Distinguished Principal of the Year, along with several other awards. Dr. Young is the founder and organizer of the Illinois Grow Summit to grow, retain, and recruit more educational teachers and leaders of color. He is the founder and host of the Be The Thermostat Podcast. Dr. Young is also an adjunct professional at Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville. He has been a featured speaker and presenter at local, state, and national conferences.

Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard

Principal Lead for Harvest Consulting

Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard is a published author, adjunct professor, organizational development specialist and former school district educator with over 28 years’ experience preparing adults to lead and manage numerous workplace spaces. Dr. Rogers-Ard specializes in coaching agency leaders to dismantle racist policies, practices and procedures that threaten organizational health. Currently, Dr. Rogers-Ard is the Principal Lead for Harvest Consulting, where she grows school, district, and organizational managers through anti-racist leadership development.
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Raquel Martinez

Planning Principal, Pasco SD; and NASSP President-Elect

Raquel Martinez serves as the Planning Principal for Comprehensive HS#3 in Pasco, Washington. With 18 years of education experience, Martinez has worked as an administrator, biology teacher, and bilingual facilitator. She also serves on the National Association for Secondary School Principals' (NASSP) board, where she was recently named president-elect. In 2024, she will lead NASSP as the organization's first Latina president.



Sponsors and Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to the sponsors of our iGrow Washington Summit! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out the opportunities and contact AWSP Associate Director Kamrica Ary-Turner.

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College Spark Washington

Keynote Speaker Sponsor

College Spark Washington supports the postsecondary dreams of students and their communities through grantmaking focused on dismantling racism in the education system. We envision an education system that encourages learners to be their authentic selves and is eager and equipped to guide them towards realizing their dreams. Learn more.


Tacoma Urban League

Keynote Speaker Sponsor
The Tacoma Urban League's mission is to assist African Americans and other underserved urban residents in the achievement of social equality and economic independence. Learn more.


Men of Color in Educational Leadership

Gift/Giveaway Sponsor: Instructional Leadership Strand
MCEL's mission is to develop and support a strong network of male leaders of color who lead fiercely through their authentic selves and lived experiences. These male leaders of color will join the fight of ensuring all students reach their full potential; especially our most marginalized and disenfranchised. Learn more.

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Gift/Giveaway Sponsor
Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. "Our values align to our mission, support our culture, and serve as a declaration of how we treat each other, our customers, and our partners." Learn more.


Western Washington University

Gift/Giveaway Sponsor

Explore your full potential at Western Washington University. We are committed to delivering our students a rigorous, world-class academic curriculum, impactful hands-on learning, and a unique community that fosters creativity, community engagement and inclusive success. Learn more.


Seattle University College of Education

More than ever, our world requires courageous and skilled leaders who reflect the diversity of our society and help spearhead systematic change as well as inspire future generations. Earn your degree, certification or endorsement at Seattle University and join a dynamic and driven community of educational leaders who partner with local and global communities for positive innovation and impact. Learn more.


Washington Association of School Administrators

WASA's membership includes more than 1,900 members and is open to all educational administrators in central office, building management, and educational agency positions. WASA’s beliefs are anchored in leadership, trust, and advocacy. WASA is first and foremost, about leadership for equity and excellence for all students. WASA members exemplify trust through competence, integrity, and vision. WASA’s advocacy efforts focus on building widespread support and a singular voice to secure the resources and policy necessary to advance public education in the state of Washington. Learn more.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

All refund requests must be made in writing.
  • Full Refund: Requests must be received 20 business days before the workshop. 
  • 50% Refund: Requests must be received 10-19 business days before the workshop. 
  • 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.


For More Information 

Kamrica Ary-Turner | Associate Director, ESDs 189 & 121 | (800) 562-6100

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