WASA Winter Conference 2022 | United for Healthy Development and Learning

December 6, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Virtual 

Come join us for WASA’s Winter Virtual Conference entitled United for a Healthy Development and Learning featuring Linda Darling-Hammond, Marc Brackett, and Timothy ShriverThis morning will be facilitated by Peter DeWitt and Jenni Donohoo.

In conversations with WASA members, we have heard a theme of similar questions:  
When might our focus turn from operations and management to learning again?  
How can we support the emotional well-being of our students and staff?
How might we unite the communities in which we work? 

These three unique speakers and two facilitators, who don’t normally share a stage together, will share their insights to these important questions. Our hope is that as a participant, this conversation will support your reflection and provide you with next steps for your work in your school district communities.

District Administrators


WASA Member—$199
Non-member Conference Attendee—$225


If you are registered for the Instructional Leadership Network (ILN) you are already registered for the 2022 Winter Conference. If you are not sure if you are registered for ILN please contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org prior to registering.

3.5 hours will be available to attendees and will be distributed via email at the conclusion of the conference on December 6th.

Soon after registering (within 24 hours), you will receive a Zoom meeting confirmation with your personal link to join the session. Please follow the link in the confirmation to save the meetings to your calendar. 

Access is limited to one person/device per email so please do not share your link.

A $75 administrative fee applies to all cancellations submitted by November 21. 
No refunds after November 21.
No Show = No Refund.


Linda Darling-Hammond
Author, Professor, and Founding President, Learning Policy Institute

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University and founding president of the Learning Policy Institute, created to provide high-quality research for policies that enable equitable and empowering education for each and every child. At Stanford she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign.

Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to Research, Lifetime Achievement, Research Review, and Research-to-Policy. She is also a member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education. From 1994–2001, she was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, whose 1996 report What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future was named one of the most influential reports affecting U.S. education in that decade. In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation’s ten most influential people affecting educational policy. In 2008, she directed President Barack Obama's Education Policy Transition Team. She is currently President of the California State Board of Education.

Darling-Hammond began her career as a public-school teacher and co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She served as Director of the RAND Corporation’s education program and as an endowed professor at Columbia University, Teachers College before coming to Stanford. She has consulted widely with federal, state, and local officials and educators on strategies for improving education policies and practices and is the recipient of 14 honorary degrees in the U.S. and internationally. Among her more than 600 publications are a number of award-winning books, including The Right to Learn, Teaching as the Learning Profession, Preparing Teachers for a Changing World and The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment Will Determine our Future. She received an Ed.D. from Temple University (with highest distinction) and a B.A. from Yale University (magna cum laude).

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Author, Professor, Scientist, and Founding Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ health, performance, and workplace performance and climate. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He also is a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 2,000 public, charter, and private pre-school through high schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. RULER infuses social and emotion learning into the immune system of schools by enhancing how school administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices. Marc is the author of Permission to Feel (Celadon/Macmillan), which was released in September of 2019.

Timothy Shriver
Educator, Special Olympics International Chairman, Author, Co-Founder, UNITE

Timothy Shriver is the father of five, husband of one, the Chairman of Special Olympics International and co-founder of UNITE — an initiative to promote national unity and solidarity across differences. Dr. Shriver is a leading educator who co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading school reform organization in the field of social and emotional learning. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and President of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master's degree from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He has produced four films and is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fully Alive – Discovering What Matters Most.


Peter DeWitt, Ed.D.
Author, Leadership Coach, Facilitator, WASA Instructional Leadership Network

Peter DeWitt, Ed.D. is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (eight years). He is a school leadership coach and author of many best-selling educational books, who runs competency-based workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on school leadership (collaborative cultures and instructional leadership), as well as, fostering inclusive school climates. 

Jenni Donohoo
Author, Facilitator, Director, Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy

Jenni Donohoo is a five-time best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 20 years’ experience in leading school change. Jenni works in school divisions across North America supporting high-quality professional learning designed to improve outcomes for all students. As the Director of the Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy, Jenni has been recognized internationally as an educational thought leader and has delivered keynote speeches nationally and internationally. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Studies and Supervisory Officer Qualifications and has taught in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.


Contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org with registration questions.
Contact Mike Nelson at 253.508.0192 or mnelson@wasa-oly.org with questions about the program.
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