2018 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference

Date: June 24 - 26, 2018
Location: Spokane Convention Center

Get ready for another fantastic conference designed for principals, assistant principals, superintendents, administrative interns and other district-level administrators. The conference program will support the theme "Leadership: Equity in Action."

Registration is Now Open!

You will be required to log in to the AWSP website to register. AWSP and WASA members should have received an email from AWSP with a log-in link the morning of Jan. 22. If you are a member and did not receive this email, or if you are having trouble logging in, please call AWSP at 800.562.6100.

All room reservations must be made through the Spokane Housing Bureau, utilizing the online housing reservation system. Hotels will not take reservations directly.

You MUST register to attend the conference to gain access to the housing reservations system. A link will be provided in your registration confirmation. Please note this is a non-Hoopfest year. AWSP and Housing will monitor the block closely to ensure that only registered attendees have secured reservations. Reservations cannot be honored if they are not supported by a corresponding registration.

If you are an exhibitor, sponsor, presenter, or association meeting attendee and you are not attending the conference, thereby requiring housing on Sunday or Monday, please contact Kim Marquette or Macy Bruhy for a special registration link.

All reservations must be guaranteed by credit card. The credit card will not be charged prior to arrival and an alternate form of payment may be presented at check-in. If paying by PO, please refer to the "Purchase Order" instructions available in the reservation system. POs must be submitted to the hotels at least 10 days prior to arrival. PO reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card at time of reservation.

If you are making changes to your reservation, contact Housing at 888.918.0282 or follow the instructions on the reservation acknowledgement email.

Grand Hotel requires a two-night minimum stay on Friday/Saturday nights.

The deadline for making reservations at the conference rate is May 25. Reservations following this date may be made directly with the hotels. These reservations are on a space-available basis and may not receive the conference rate. If you cannot find lodging after this date, contact Housing at 888.918.0282 for recommendations.

Reservations must be cancelled a minimum of two weeks in advance of arrival to avoid a one night room and tax penalty charge. An early departure fee will be charged unless the hotel is notified at check-in or before of a change in planned length of stay. Please review the "Room Reservation Agreement" before submitting your reservation.

You will receive an acknowledgement email with your reservation ID when your reservation is submitted. Confirmations will be mailed after the May 25 cutoff date.

Contracted Hotels

Davenport Grand Hotel

Single/Double $160
*Two-night minimum stay on Friday-Saturday applies.

Davenport Hotel
Single/Double $166
Triple $181
*Two-night minimum stay on Friday-Saturday applies.

DoubleTree Hotel
Single $149
Double $159
Triple $169
Quad $179

Hotel RL
Single/Double $134

Red Lion River Inn 
Single/Double $124

Keynote Speakers

 Join us June 24-26 in Spokane for our annual Summer Conference designed specifically for principals, assistant principals, superintendents and other leaders in education. Attendees will hear from:


Dr. Mike Schmoker is a former administrator, English teacher and football coach. He has written six books and dozens of articles for educational journals, newspapers and for TIME magazine. His most recent book is Leading with Focus which follows his earlier ASCD best-seller FOCUS:  Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning. Dr. Schmoker is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his publications and presentations.

Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What's Your Red Rubber Ball?! and The Red Rubber Ball at Work, published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. It is Carroll's "job" to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth. With his consulting endeavors, Carroll has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as the NHL, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks, the NBA Walt Disney Company, and many others.

 Principal Salome Thomas-EL says, “Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” These words shape Principal EL's lifelong commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?” An award-winning teacher, principal, and nationally recognized educator, Principal EL has transformed the attitudes and strategies of school staff, parents, and members of the community to help hundreds of troubled children not only graduate from high school but go on to earn higher degrees from major colleges and universities. (He has also been featured on Dr. Oz!)

Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. was born and raised in Seattle. She received a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University and M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA. She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience researching, studying, and working with ethnically diverse populations. Her experience includes opening and Directing the Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Hollins is currently an Affiliate Professor of Counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Past Summer Conferences

2017 Summer Conference photos  
2017 Summer Conference program (PDF)
2017 conference/app website

2016 Summer Conference program
2016 conference/app website.

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