OPSI in partnership with WASA and support from our ESD’s is proud to offer 2023 MTSS Fest.  This year’s theme is Advancing Your Leadership to Support Student Learning and Belonging.  The focus of these two days will be to provide tools and strategies to strengthen your systems.  You and your school district teams will not want to miss these dynamic two days of impactful learning.  We encourage prompt registration as we expect this conference to fill quickly!

August 3, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
August 4, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA 99336

Keynote Speakers:  James Whitfield, Jamila Dugan, and Jennifer Spencer Iiames (See photos and bios below!)
Breakout Strands
Data: Using for Implementation and System Change 
Mindset Change
Cascading Supports
o Student, Family, and Community Partnerships
o …and much more!


Dr. James Whitfield is an award-winning education advocate centered on creating safe, nurturing, and equitable learning environments which, in turn, help transform communities. Over the course of nearly two decades in education, he’s served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the middle and high school levels.

His passions include sharing insightful stories of the power of education, leading with love, integrity, and dignity, overcoming adversity, and fighting with purpose and conviction for truth and justice.

Dr. Whitfield is known for disrupting systemic barriers, building positive culture, creating sustainable change, innovation, and dynamic coaching to build excellent and equitable learning environments for all students. Education changed the course of his life and he’s driven by a deep sense of purpose to ensure every student feels seen, heard, valued, and has access to an excellent and equitable educational experience.

Dr. Jamila Dugan (she/her/hers) is an author, leadership coach and researcher. 

Jamila has dedicated her career to making “equity” more than just a buzzword. She works with individuals and organizations across the nation to develop and support transformational leaders who care deeply about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Jamila is the co-author of Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation, focusing on culturally-rich education environments and anti-racist approaches to reimagine learning. She has also co-hosted the Brave Spaces Institute that brings together hundreds of participants to learn how to lead inclusively.  

Dr. Dugan began her career as a teacher in Washington, D.C. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership for Equity from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University; and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fresno State University. 

Dr. Jennifer Spencer-Iiams
 is the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District in Oregon. She has been a teacher and educational leader for 32 years. She led significant transformation in her district in the movement to a full inclusion model that honors student strengths and promotes belonging. Jennifer has served as an adjunct professor in the area of Special Education and in Emerging Bilingual Education. She has presented on models of inclusion at numerous conferences, served on statewide leadership groups focused on improvement in Special Education, and she collaborated to support national educational reform efforts for higher education and educator standards. Jennifer is a triple Duck, earning her bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of Oregon. She is the child of educators and her mother was always active in improving her community. Jennifer is the youngest sister to five strong women. She lives in West Linn, Oregon with her husband, three grown children in the area, and her dog Gus.


$149 per person. Up to 11 Washington State Approved Clock Hours are available (dependent on your participation in individual sessions) and are included in registration.



Submission deadline — June 2, 2023 

With our theme of: "Advancing Your Leadership to Support Student Learning and Belonging,” as well as our Sub-Theme of: “Tools and Strategies to Strengthen Systems,” Topics of interest to the Conference Committee include, best practices and approaches that address the 5 categories listed below:  

  • Data for Systems Change and Inclusion
  • Culture/Mindset Change
  • Interventions
  • Cascading Supports
  • Student, Family, & Community Partnerships

Sessions are Sixty (60) minutes each and should engage participants in meaningful discussions and share viable experiences resulting in individual growth and/or systems improvement.

The following meals are included in registration:

  • Wednesday Reception
  • Thursday Breakfast
  • Thursday Lunch
  • Friday Breakfast
  • Friday Lunch

*Dinner is on your own on Thursday evening.


Hilton Garden Inn
701 N Young St
Kennewick, WA  99336
Please call 509.735.4600 to make your housing reservations by Monday, July, 3, 2023 to receive the discounted group rate. 

Springhill Suites
7048 West Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA  99336
Please call 509.820.3026 to make your housing reservations by Monday, July 3, 2023 to receive the discounted group rate. 

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Kennewick Tri-Cities
Cutoff Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
There are two ways to make a reservation:
- Online, by going to our website and following these simple steps:
·         Website: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.48189.html?groupId=4M7HB8Q1. Verify your check in and check out dates at the top of the screen are correct.
·         Select the room you would like to reserve and enter in your information to book!
- By Phone, by calling the hotel directly at (509) 396-9979 and pressing 0 and providing your Group Name, Group Code 4M7HB8Q1, and check in and out dates.

Comfort Inn Kennewick Richland
7801 Quinault Ave.
Kennewick, WA  99336
509.783.8396 | $129 / night
Deadline to register at the WASA rate: Sunday, June 2, 2023
Call hotel directly and provide the following information:
- Group Name:  WASA Special Education Conference
- Group Number:  YR65L6


11 hours will be available to attendees the end of the session on August 4, 2023.


A $75 administrative fee applies to all cancellations submitted by June 20, 2023. 
No refunds after June 20th. 
No Show = No Refund.


Contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org or 360.943.5717 with registration questions.

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