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2022 Summer Leadership Institute

Governing for Success

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Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9
Radisson, La Crosse

An effective superintendent and board governance team models a shared commitment of high expectations and excellence for all students. A strong governance team is developed through understanding and building a governance mindset. Adopting the shared beliefs and practices of this mindset will clarify the work of the board and superintendent as partnering for students rather than working as individuals with different agendas.

This two-day Summer Leadership Institute is focused on building and maintaining a strong governance team by creating a governance mindset and connecting this important work to the achievement of all students.

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Friday, July 8 Agenda

Friday, July 8

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome, Barbara Herzog, WASB President, Oshkosh School Board
9:15 a.m.

Keynote Session Part 1 — Our Mindset: Stories We Tell Ourselves

In her keynote address, Jo Miller will describe how the path to student success runs through turning outward and focusing on the needs of others. How we view other people and their needs is the bedrock of culture. It can become a source of organizational excellence or a barrier to change.

JoAnn (Jo) Miller, Director of Continuous Improvement at CESA 8

10 a.m.  Break
10:15 a.m.  Keynote Session Part 2 — Our Mindset: Stories We Tell Ourselves 
11:15 a.m.  Break
11:30 a.m. 

Elevating Achievement for All Children: A Focus on Excellence and Equity, Part 1

School districts face mounting resistance to equitable delivery of student instruction and other opportunities for student growth. The dialogue, or lack thereof, too often becomes zero sum; one child’s gain is wrongly perceived as another child’s loss. Our enduring commitment to ensuring success for all children — a long-held belief in education — remains true today.

This workshop will share how to frame our work with a simultaneous, dual focus on excellence and equity for all children. Ideas with a focus to ensure excellence for all children will be provided. In addition, information on how districts have and can constructively focus on equity practices for all children will be shared.

Finally, we will discuss how the role of the school board and superintendent impacts this critically important work.

Louise Blankenheim and Dan Nerad, WASB Consultants

12:30 p.m.  Lunch
1:30 p.m.      Elevating Achievement for All Children: A Focus on Excellence and Equity, Part 2
2:30 p.m.  Break
2:45 p.m.  Elevating Achievement for All Children: A Focus on Excellence and Equity, Part 3
3:45 p.m.  Adjourn


Optional Dinner Agenda

Friday, July 8

Optional: Dinner Address 

5:30 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m.

The Positive Power of Servant Leadership, 

Servant leadership is timely and timeless in its theory and practice. The presentation will include positive energy, encouragement, and engagement. Through storytelling, evidence-based research, and personal participation people will be encouraged on their own journey into servant leadership.

Tom Thibodeau, Associate Professor, Viterbo University



Saturday, July 9 Agenda

Saturday, July 9

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome, Rosanne Hahn, WASB 1st Vice President, Burlington School Board
9:15 a.m.

School Board and Superintendents Working Together: A Governance Mindset, Part 1

Michael Fullan and Davis Campbell describe a governance system as “the school board and superintendent working together as a cohesive, unified team with a common vision, driven by a shared moral imperative.” High performing board members and superintendents understand that in order for school districts to be successful, all parties need to be effective.

Patti Vickman, George Steffen and Cheryl Stinksi, WASB Governance Consultants 

10:15 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m.  School Board and Superintendents Working Together: A Governance Mindset, Part 2
11:30 a.m.  Adjourn


Registration Information

Registration: $200 per member (includes meals except for Friday dinner)
Friday Dinner: $40

Deadline for registration: Friday, July 1, 2022

Refunds will be given for cancellations received by 5 pm on Friday, July 1. To cancel, call toll-free 877.705.4422. Casual attire in layers recommended.


Radisson Hotel La Crosse 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601

Hotel Rate: Single/Double: $130

Reservations: (608) 784-6680 or (800) 333-3333

Attendees must mention “WI Association of School Boards” rate when making their reservation.

Cut-off Date for Hotel Rooms: Saturday, June 18, 2022

Cancellations: To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be made more than 48 hours prior to arrival. There will be no refunds for cancellations less than 48 hours prior to arrival.

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