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.