For decades, WASA professional learning has come in the form of conferences and workshops. During the last several years, we have incorporated cohorts of learning academies connected to our components (Aspiring Superintendents Academy, Early Career Superintendent Academy, Mentor Academy, and Special Education Director Academy) which have met during the year reflecting and studying as leaders in public education. These opportunities to gather and learn together as members of WASA will continue!

In addition to the great learning listed above, WASA, in partnership with Solution Tree, created WASA PLC at Work Project. This three-year statewide project is designed for district leaders to engage deeply in the PLC at Work process to address issues of equity and to ensure that all students learn at high levels.

The last year has been challenging. Despite the heroic efforts of educators throughout the state, the inequities present in our systems seemed to be exacerbated by the pandemic. Virtual learning and our need to adapt quickly revealed that all students didn’t have access to the same high-quality education. Through the WASA PLC at Work Project, we will be intentional in making sure our learning efforts are targeted and result in a positive impact for all students. 

The goal of the project is that districts work smarter, not harder.

Many hours have been spent by top experts to design an effective and engaging professional learning plan for Washington superintendents and their district leadership teams that will generate positive results. The work will be highly customized for each district based on size and need, with options designed for the smallest districts to the largest and all those in between.

Active recruitment is now underway for the 2024–25 Cohort III. Large Districts can learn more here, Small districts click here, or call Lacy Waltermeyer at 360.480.7944 to learn more about how you can participate in our next cohort of PLC at Work schools and districts. Read this letter from WASA Executive Director Joel Aune to hear about the importance of this program. 

2023–24 Workshops


AUGUST 15, 2023
with Janel Keating and Meagan Rhoades

AUGUST 16, 2023
with Janel Keating

SEPTEMBER 20, 2023
with Anthony Muhammad

OCTOBER 2, 2023
with Paula Maeker

NOVEMBER 6, 2023
with Brig Leane and William M. Ferriter

DECEMBER 1, 2023
with Kim Bailey

JANUARY 12, 2024
with Maria Nielson

FEBRUARY 8, 2024
with Mike Mattos

APRIL 12, 2024
with Tim Brown


OCTOBER 20, 2023
with Jennifer Deinhart and Mona Toncheff

OCTOBER 24, 2023
with Mark Onuscheck and Jeanne Spiller

DECEMBER 14–15, 2023
with Paula Maeker


View the project overview Zoom recording.
View the general information flyer.
View the three-year project outline.

Contact Mike Nelson, Assistant Executive Director, WASA at 253.508.0192 or mnelson@wasa-oly.org with questions about the project.