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Pre-Conference Session [clear filter]
Wednesday, March 13

10:00am AKDT

Calling All Advisers! A Fresh Look at Leadership Curriculum
AWSL is proud to announce the recently re-published and re-vamped popular leadership publications: Building Leaders for Life: A High School Leadership Class Curriculum and Starting in the Middle: Leadership Lessons for Middle Level Students. Inspiring Students to Lead is the elementary curriculum manual that features assembly-type leadership workshops that high school  and middle level leaders can deliver to the younger students.  Explore these publications and how they can be incorporated into your leadership programs and schools. This workshop is appropriate for both veteran and rookie advisers as everyone will benefit from discussions centered on leadership philosophy, best practices and equity and opportunity.  

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James Layman

Program Director, Association of Washington Student Leaders
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Joe Fenbert

Activities Coordinator, AWSL
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Susan Fortin

Administrator, Association of Washington Student Leaders
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Greg Barker

Director, Association of Washington Student Leaders
AWSL started their journey on gathering data about our students. Stop by to hear how we started and brainstorm ways that you might gather better information about your programs.

Wednesday March 13, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm AKDT
Meeting Room A/B

10:00am AKDT

CharacterStrong: How We Spark Award-Winning Culture
CharacterStrong trainings and curricula have served over 1,000 schools internationally. Schools across the country are being recognized for their intentional work to build a community and culture that cares. From a Washington State ASCD Whole Child Award winner to local news features - CharacterStrong schools have seen huge culture shift and positive increases in their Attendance, Behavior, and Coursework data. How do we replicate this success? From their experience in-peron in over 800 schools, John Norlin and Houston Kraft will share the high-leverage tools, strategies, and activities that have helped build more empathy, engagement, and compassion in classrooms and on campuses. In this resource-PACKED session, learn how you can get students AND staff to focus on relationships, systematically build character and SEL skills, and develop your own award-winning culture.


Houston Kraft

Co-founder of CharacterStrong/Speaker/Kindness Advocate, Character Strong
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John Norlin

Co-founder of CharacterStrong, Character Strong
John is the co-founder of CharacterStrong - an organization that provides trainings and curriculum for schools internationally. He was a High School Teacher for 10 years, Program Administrator for the Whole Child at the Sumner School District for 5 years, and Director of Mt. Adams... Read More →

Wednesday March 13, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm AKDT
Meeting Room H

10:00am AKDT

Creating Digital First Responders
  • Train your students and staff to respond to negative online incidents
  • Receive training on how to work with your students for a measurable decrease in online related discipline
  • Lessons to engage and foster conversations to build a positive school climate and culture online and offline
  • Projects and activity ideas to grow your programs and build positive social media campaigns
  • Strategies to model and guide students online and develop a positive social media presence

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Kim Karr


Wednesday March 13, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm AKDT
Meeting Room E/F

10:00am AKDT

ENVOLVE: The World’s Most Engaging Activities
Tired of only certain groups of students participating in on-campus activities? Sick of begging students to dress up for spirit days, attend dances, or take part in pep assemblies? Let’s bring the action to them! In this fast-paced session, we will cover student engagement as a hands-on model, backed by data and proven in schools all across the country. Want to know how the most spirited and inclusive schools in America are formed? Come in and see for yourself!

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Scott Backovich

Youth Motivational Speaker, Envolve
Scott is a youth motivational speaker and the founder of Envolve Student Engagement. He loves helping schools create the world's most engaging student activities. www.EnvolveSchools.com

Wednesday March 13, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm AKDT
Meeting Room D

10:00am AKDT

Practical Guide to ASB Finance
An overview of laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures that pertain to ASB funds. Included are strategies and helpful hints on how a district or school can handle ASB funds and stay in compliance with all the regulatory agencies that have an interest in these public funds for students’ extracurricular use that are Cultural, Athletic, Recreational, or Social in nature.

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Marty Fortin

Administrator, Association of WA School Principals
This is my 40th WACA conference.

Wednesday March 13, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm AKDT
Great Hall D