What is the registration cost for the 2024 convention?
The early bird registration fee is $275 per person until Dec. 15.
After Dec. 15, the registration fee is $310 per person.
Convention registration will open on Wednesday, November 1.
What information is needed to complete a registration?
There are many events that occur at the Wisconsin State Education Convention. In addition to the general registration, school board members and administrators may want to attend a pre-convention workshop, ticketed meal or tour.
Administrative assistants can use the Registration Form to have school leaders manually indicate which events they will be attending before using the online system to officially register them.
Where can I find an agenda suitable for printing?
The agenda can be printed by day.
A printed convention guide will be available on site in Milwaukee.
What are registration hours?
Tuesday, January 16
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Baird Center, 3rd Floor
Wednesday, January 17
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Baird Center, 3rd Floor
[Delegates: Pick up credentials on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. outside Ballroom A/B, 1st Floor]
Thursday, January 18
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Baird Center, 3rd Floor
Can I register onsite?
Yes. Registrations can be purchased onsite.
Where is the Baird Center?
The Baird Center is the new name of the Wisconsin Center.
The location of the State Education Convention has not changed, just the name of the venue. The Baird Center is located at 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee.
Will there be an Exhibit Hall breakfast?
We’re excited to bring back the Exhibit Hall Breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 9-10 a.m. Start your day with a light complimentary breakfast available to all attendees.
Thank you to our sponsor Network Health
Will there be shuttle services?
Courtesy of Lamers, shuttle service to area hotels listed below will be available:
Wednesday, Jan. 17:
5-6 p.m. *
Thursday, Jan. 18:
6:30-7:30 a.m. **
* Pick up is at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel to accommodate the Networking Reception.
** Drop off is at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel to accommodate the WASB Breakfast.
***Hours subject to change.
Hotels in the downtown area with complimentary shuttle service include:
Courtyard by Marriott
Hilton Garden Inn
Saint Kate Arts Hotel
- Baird Center: Ground floor doors on Wells Street (near the corner between Ballrooms A/B and C/D)
- Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel: 6th Street Entrance (at the end of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame Hallway)
Where can I get a mobility scooter?
Electric scooters will be available for rental from On the Go Mobility, a local Milwaukee company. Contact them at 414-228-7100 or email@example.com.
Scooters are not provided by the convention center so advanced booking with On the Go Mobility is strongly recommended. Reservations must be made ahead of time.
Rental Fees: $175 scooter rental
$100 delivery/pick up (hotel of choice)
*Prices subject to change
Will there be a coat check?
A complimentary coat check is available on the ground floor of the Baird Center (formerly Wisconsin Center).
As a reminder to our attendees staying at the Hyatt Regency, the skywalk to the Baird Center is currently under construction. Take advantage of the coat check to stay warm.
What are the bookstore hours?
Wednesday, Jan. 17: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Our bookstore features a large selection of books focused on leadership and school district management. We also feature books by our keynote speakers. The bookstore is located in the Exhibit Hall near the WASB Commons.
Will there be any book signings?
Keynote Sean Covey will have a book signing after his keynote on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. outside Ballroom C/D at the Baird Center.
Keynote Maya Payne Smart will have a book signing after her keynote on Friday, Jan. 19, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. outside Ballroom A/B.
Keynote John Quiñones will not have a book signing, however he will be available for a meet and greet after his keynote on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5:15-5:45 p.m. outside Ballroom C/D.
Does the 2024 convention have a hashtag?
Yes! Please share your photos and experiences from the 2024 State Education Convention on social media with #EdCon2024.
Why are the Delegate Assembly credentials not included in the convention registration materials?
The WASB Delegate Assembly registration is handled separately because the Delegate Assembly is a separate event from the State Education Convention. The two events are held simultaneously for the convenience of members.
Convention registration is not required to attend the Delegate Assembly. In addition, it is imperative that only one member from each member board be given delegate credentials for voting purposes. By handling the Delegate registration immediately outside the Delegate Assembly room, staff is able to easily hand out credentials prior to the onset of voting. Staff is also able to readily confirm which board member has the district’s credentials and whether an alternate delegate may be admitted to the Delegate Assembly. Delegates may pick up their credentials on the ground floor, immediately outside the Delegate Assembly hall during designated hours on the day of the Delegate Assembly.
How long are the convention handouts available online?
The WASB maintains each year’s convention website for a full year so you can continue to access handouts months after the convention. If you are looking for a handout from a previous year’s convention, contact the WASB staff – we may be able to provide it.
Why aren’t all of the convention session handouts available online?
The convention coordinators make numerous requests to presenters for their handouts. Unfortunately, not all presenters provide copies.
Why is the internet not more readily available at the Baird Center?
The Baird Center (formerly Wisconsin Center) provides free internet throughout the convention center. However, it is limited and it will be slow if a large number of people use it at the same time. It is not recommended for use in presentations. Breakout rooms can be hard-wired for internet access. However, it is cost prohibitive and the State Education Convention budget is not large enough to absorb this cost even if it were possible to negotiate a reduced rate, which has not been an option.
Why is the food at the Baird Center in Milwaukee so expensive?
The Baird Center (formerly Wisconsin Center) contracts with a vendor to provide all food and beverages for conventions and other events. The WASB is required to work with the designated vendor and is not able to set prices directly for food and beverages provided in the Exhibit Hall or at the take-out carts.
Where can I find out about restaurants, sporting events and other entertainment options during the convention?
Check out the Visit Milwaukee website at visitmilwaukee.org.
You can also ask the volunteers from Visit Milwaukee who staff a table near the registration desk on the third floor of the Wisconsin Center during limited convention hours.
Why is the State Education Convention always in Milwaukee?
The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee is the only facility large enough in Wisconsin to accommodate all of the State Education Convention breakout sessions, general sessions and exhibit hall under one roof. In addition, Milwaukee is the only city with enough hotel rooms within walking distance of the convention center for the State Education Convention. If we held the convention in any other city in Wisconsin, including Madison, Green Bay or Wisconsin Dells, multiple venues would need to be utilized, which would necessitate shuttling services for the various sessions, and many attendees would need to stay at hotels up to several miles away from the convention site(s).