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2020 Virtual Attendee Access

Want to expand your learning? Sign up for the Convention’s Virtual Attendee Access.

At the convention, eight select breakout sessions were recorded along with two keynote speakers.

Any WASB member can access the recordings by signing up for the Virtual Attendee Access program. The fee is $95. Convention attendees can sign up for the discounted rate of $55.

To sign up: contact the WASB at or call 608-257-2622.

Participants will be sent an email with access instructions to the recorded sessions, which will remain available through December 2020.

Included Breakout Sessions:


Wednesday, Jan. 22
8 am: The School Board’s Role in Developing Resilient Learners

Three years ago, the School District of Altoona launched a new program of support aimed at decreasing occurrences of seclusion and restraint through restructuring its existing special education staff assignments. Implemented from kindergarten through eighth grade, the intentional and proactive behavioral resource centers (dubbed “The Think Tank” and “The ABC”) resulted in a dramatic decrease in seclusion and restraint occurrences and an increase in student achievement for students with disabilities. The district will summarize the steps they took to develop this award-winning program, the lessons learned and how other districts may replicate their models.

Alan McCutcheon, Director of Special Education and Student Services, School District of Altoona

Dan Peggs, Superintendent, School District of Altoona

WI Center 101 A/B

1:30 pm: Use Customer Service in School Districts: Enrich Your Families' Experiences!

We bump into customer service in all aspects of life — from the doctor’s office to the grocery store to online shopping. How about in schools? Yes! Customer service means more than “please and thank you” in today’s competitive school environment; it means student enrollment. Beyond customer service, there is the customer experience — how people feel when they interact with your organization. Great customer experience means great relationships. It doesn’t happen by chance. Learn how Marinette School District leaders defined positive customer experience and implemented it systematically in their schools.

Dorreen Dembski, Communication Specialist, CEO, DD Communication Services

WI Center 101 A/B

3:30 pm: Elevating Achievement for All: A Focus on Equity

As in other states, Wisconsin’s school children have become more diverse with continued disparate achievement. This calls for a more intentional focus on equity with more specific allocation of resources, instruction and opportunities to meet the needs of all children. This session will help participants better understand educational equity, areas to focus on and how to frame this issue for community understanding. Educating all children well is our mission and this workshop will help board members understand this issue.

Dan Nerad, Consultant, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

George Steffen, Consultant, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

WI Center 101 A/B

Thursday, Jan. 23
8:45 am: Benefits of Innovation in a Digitally Integrated Classroom

Explore how emerging technologies, and smart speakers in particular, can enhance and support teaching and learning in innovative classrooms. While “it’s not about the stuff,” tools such as touch screens, voice activation and smart speaker technology can blend with learning management systems and other technologies to create a seamless integration of digital resources. Join this session to learn from the experience of the Neenah Joint School District and how they kept student safety and security top of mind.

Matt Anderson, Director of Instructional Technology, Neenah Joint School District

Erin Ermis, Instructional Library Technology Specialist, Neenah Joint School District

WI Center 101 A/B

10:45 am: Act 143: Navigating the Needs and Expectations for Safety and Security

What is the school board’s role in the culture of safety and security in the district? In the aftermath of Wisconsin Act 143, Menasha did a security audit to better understand their district’s security and safety needs and to make proactive recommendations to improve student safety. This session will educate board members on everything required for Act 143 and how the school safety grant was used to effectively meet the district’s needs.

Chris VanderHeyden, Superintendent, Menasha Joint School District

Brian Adesso, Director of School Business Services, Menasha Joint School District

Jodi Traas, Senior Risk Management Consultant, Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation/Community Insurance Corporation

Glenn Rehberg, Deputy Director, Office of School Safety, Wisconsin Dept of Justice

WI Center 101 A/B


1:45 pm: Impact of Vouchers on Wisconsin Public Schools

Learn about the effects, issues and concerns surrounding the impact of private school vouchers on local school districts.

Daniel Bush, Director, School Financial Services, DPI

WI Center 101 A/B


Friday, Jan. 24
8 am: A Salary Model for Model Teachers, Part 2

At the 2017 State Education Convention, the West Salem School District discussed how it developed a new salary model and transitioned away from a more traditional model beginning in 2014. The model is based upon the concept of teachers completing a “promotion” process to become a model teacher. Hear from the district three years later on how the model has impacted school culture, professional work and student achievement.

Troy Gunderson, superintendent, School District of West Salem

WI Center 101 A/B


9:15 am: New Federal Requirement for School Level Financial Reporting: What Do School Boards Need to Know?

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, includes a financial transparency requirement for districts to report per-pupil spending by school. What is the purpose of this law? What information is being collected and how will it be reported? How does this affect your district? This session will walk through the new ESSA School Level Reporting requirement and what it means for board members and the public.

Mike Barry, Executive Director, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials

WI Center 101 A/B


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Wednesday, Jan. 22
McLeod ImageScott McLeod

The world around us is changing FAST, often driven by the twin forces of technology and globalization. What does that mean for the future of Wisconsin schools? What does that mean for the graduates we prepare? What does that mean for our classrooms and the education we provide our children? Join Dr. Scott McLeod for a rousing, interactive, thought-provoking conversation about future-ready schools and graduates.

Author of “Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning,” McLeod is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Colorado Denver and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on PreK-12 school technology leadership issues.

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Thursday, Jan. 23
Zhao ImageYong Zhao

Yong Zhao is Foundations Distinguished Professor in the School of Education with an appointment in the School of Business at the University of Kansas. He is also the Global Chair Professor of Education at East China Normal University, a global chair professor at the University of Bath in the U.K., and a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy at Victoria University, Australia.

Dr. Zhao has published more than 100 articles and 30 books, including his most recent, “Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children” (2018) and “Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes” (2015).

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