A co-worker reminded me the other day that the rear view mirror I often find myself looking in is much smaller than the front window I could be looking through. In that moment, I decided it was time to focus on putting first semester in the rear view mirror view and shift my focus to improving the eighty-something school days that lay in front of me. In case you’re looking for something in the new year to kick start or remind you of the importance of what we do as leaders in our buildings, I suggest reading Brene Brown’s DARE TO LEAD book. SO GOOD! I am convinced every educator should read it. If you don’t feel you have time to read, may I suggest attending WACA in March?
The WACA board members assembled for our Winter Board meeting at the Convention Center in Kennewick, and we’re gearing up for another great conference. I have several items to share with you… too many to put into a single email. So, I’ll send just a few items for now and get more info out later!
REGISTRATION: If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, please do so! We have a great line-up of speakers and events. Of course, all that you need to know is outlined on our website: wacaonline.org. The conference registration is there. Note: There is a spot on the registration form, to make special meal requests. Be sure to fill out this section, and the banquet folks will try to help out as much as possible.
HOTEL ROOMS: If you haven’t registered for a hotel room, that info is also on the website. The rooms are filling up pretty quickly (we’re hearing reports), which means that we should have a big conference this year! Yeah!
Note: If you have registered for a hotel room, but haven’t yet registered for the conference, please do that soon. After February 1st, we need to have conference registrations matched with each room registration. If not, they will start contacting people and releasing those rooms to other delegates who need them. (This happened last year too.)
ADVISOR CERTIFICATION: On the website, notice that there is an advisor certification menu. Please consider applying. We had 37 advisors apply last year, and have added more than a dozen this year so far. You can apply anytime, but if you want your certification recognized at the conference, you’ll need to complete the application by February 1st. The certification sure is nice when working with TPEP, National Board certification, or just being recognized for the amazing work that you do!
PARTNERS: Our partner coordinator Jen Durham is always looking for conference partners. If you have a local vendor that you really like, or a product that you use frequently, let me know and I’ll pass the info on to Jen. She will contact that person/s, and see if they’re interested in being one of our Partners.
PRESENTERS: How about presenting a session at the conference? Could you present an idea at our Meet the Pros session (a short/10-minute presentation that you repeat several times as delegates “rotate” to you)? Do you have a longer presentation that could occupy a 50-minute session? Please, please consider presenting. We are always looking for presenters for ASB Law and sessions focused on our bookkeepers. But delegates have been asking about topics like: how to transition from summer leadership camp to school; how to partner with administrators to promote school culture, how to creatively repeat programs like Character Strong. The application to present will be found on wacaonline.org!
Okay, that’s enough for now! Please let me know if you have questions and, as always, please let me know if you are no longer involved with activities and whose name I should add in your place.
Take care of yourselves!
Liberty High School
ASB Activity Coordinator