SPRING CONFERENCE FOR SMALL SCHOOL LEADERS
Leadership in a Time of Transformation

ABOUT

Join us for WASA’s Spring Conference for Small School Leaders: Leadership in a Time of Transformation. This year’s conference will feature school communications specialist and AI expert, Rebecca Bultsma. Rebecca will challenge small school leaders with her presentation — Using AI to Harness More Time to be Human.
 
Kim Knight and Art Jarvis will share strategies for Maintaining Positive Relationships and an Outlook of Possibilities in Times of Budgetary Stress.

Gene Sharratt will challenge us to answer the question, “What brings you joy?”  In addition, Dan Steele will provide OSPI and Legislative updates.
 
Of course, there will also be relevant concurrent sessions and numerous opportunities to collaborate with peers.

VENUE


Wenatchee Convention Center
121 N Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

DATE AND TIME
Monday, March 18 | 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 | 7:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.


PRE-CONFERENCE RECEPTION ON SUNDAY, MARCH 17
i-Ready and WASA invite you to a welcome reception as you arrive in Wenatchee on Sunday. Drop by and enjoy some wine, appetizers and live music and connect with your WA colleagues.
Sunday, March 17 | 5:30 –8:30 p.m.
Horan Estates Winery
15 Second Street, Suite 101
Wenatchee, WA

The Horan Estates Winery is conveniently located across from the Coast Hotel/next to Wenatchee Convention Center. RSVP is appreciated.
https://www.eventcreate.com/e/wasa2024


TARGET AUDIENCE
District administrators and school Board Directors.

If you are a leader in a district with 2,500 or fewer FTE, this conference is designed for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and with your colleagues from across the state through content developed to meet your unique needs as a small school leader.

REGISTRATION

WASA Member—$375
Non-member Conference Attendee—$425

Up to (9.25) WA State Approved Clock Hours are included in registration based on your participation. Clock-hours forms will be available at the registration table following the conference.

The following meals are included in registration:
·       Monday Breakfast
·       Monday Lunch
·       Tuesday Breakfast
·       Tuesday Lunch

Additionally, registrants are encouraged to participate in the following events:
·       Sunday Evening Pre-conference Reception sponsored by Curriculum Associates
·       Monday Afternoon Ice Cream Social
·       Monday Early Evening Reception sponsored by Beresford, McKinstry, and OAC


CANCELLATIONS

A $75 administrative fee applies to all cancellations submitted by March 3. No refunds after March 3. No Show = No Refund.            

REGISTER

EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION

REGISTER AS EXHIBITOR

Exhibitor registration is now open!
Exhibits are open on Monday only.
View the exhibitor information sheet here.

EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION QUESTIONS
Contact Kaley VonVolkli with exhibitor questions. 
Contact Kim Fry with event questions. 
Contact  Mike Nelson to become a conference sponsor.

HOUSING

Coast Wenatchee Center  
201 N Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801                

To book a room at the $129 conference rate, please use this booking link:
http://coa.st/WASASpringConferenceforSmallSchools or call 509.662.1234 by March 4, 2024 and mention your affiliation with the WASA Spring Conference for Small Schools Leaders to receive the discounted conference rate. Last year the hotel filled early, so we recommend making your reservations immediately.

OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Rebecca Bultsma
AI Expertise with a Human Touch
Rooted in a deep commitment to furthering AI understanding and responsible adoption, Rebecca specializes in helping educators gain a foundational understanding of AI through innovative hands-on training that will redefine the boundaries of what's possible in your district. As an expert in professional communication and relationships, she makes it easy to understand.

Since 2022, Rebecca has taken to various stages—from regional seminars to national conferences—to delve into this intriguing intersection. She’s worked with organizations across North America to responsibly understand and adopt AI strategies and practices customized to unique needs and goals.

At the end of the day, her mission is simple: She wants to give organizations the tools and know-how to ethically and responsibly leverage AI to maximize impact.
FEATURED SPEAKERS

Art Jarvis

Deputy Superintendent of Academics
Seattle Public Schools


Kim Knight
Executive Director of Business Services
Dieringer School District


Gene Sharratt
Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority


Dan Steele
Assistant Executive Director Governmental Relations
WASA

QUESTIONS

Contact Ryan Hickerson at rhickerson@wasa-oly.org with registration questions.
Contact Kim Fry at kfry@wasa-oly.org or Mike Nelson mnelson@wasa-oly.org with questions about the program.

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