2020-21 Wally Zastrow Leadership Academy

2020-21 Wally Zastrow Leadership Academy
This six session course will provide practical leadership skills as you sit at the education table in your district as well as in your career.

Participant Expectations:
Participants are expected to attend all academy sessions and complete assignments provided at each. Participants will also be expected to complete a leadership development goal and a school improvement project for their home district.

Discussion of what kind of school improvement project and how to manage it will take place and time will be allocated for discussing projects at each session. Participants will write up their results in a simple format and present it prior to graduation.


As WASBO begins preparing for in-person conferences and workshops, providing attendees with a safe and healthy learning environment is our top priority. The Leadership Academy co-hort will find the most success to meet in person. We will however be prepared to keep the dates and move to individual virtual sessions as needed. To offer in-person professional development well, all participants must follow the safeguards necessary for minimizing transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  The safeguards include the following:

Before attending each Leadership Academy session:

Prepare to attend by monitoring your fever and symptoms before the session.

Stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms.

Stay home if you have a family member with COVID-19 and follow CDC recommended precautions.

During each Leadership Academy session:

Have your temperature checked upon arrival to the session.

Wear a mask during the session. A mask is required and will be provided if you do not have one.

Practice physical distancing as required.

Follow the CDC’s handwashing guidance.

Follow the CDC’s sneezing and coughing guidance.

After each Leadership Academy session:

Monitor your temperature and symptoms to keep yourself and others safe.

If you are uncomfortable with these safeguards, you should not attend this year's Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy will provide school leaders with critical leadership skills. We are confident that WASBO members can safely conduct an in-person academy with comprehensive COVID-19 safeguards in place and practiced by all who attend.  


What's Included?
The Wally Zastrow 2020-21 Leadership Academy is $1,950. Price of these six, two-day Academy sessions includes:

  • Visit www.wasbo.com/leadership to review the curriculum and learning objectives
  • Coaching/Support from Academy faculty
  • Networking through online tools
  • Leadership Assessment
  • Emotional Intelligence Assessment
  • True Colors Communication Style Assessment
  • Noon meal each day
Who are the instructors?

When & where will the Academy be offered?
Session I: Taking Your Leadership Pulse
October 7-8, 2020 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
10AM - 5 PM on Day One, 8 AM - 3 PM on Day Two

Session II: The Leader as an Innovator
November 5-6, 2020 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
10 AM - 5 PM on Day One, 8 AM - 3 PM on Day Two

Session III: The Leader as a Communicator
December 9-10, 2020 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
10 AM - 5 PM on Day One, 8 AM - 3 PM on Day Two

Session IV: Building High Performance Teams
February 9-10, 2021 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
10 AM - 5 PM on Day One, 8 AM - 3 PM on Day Two

Session V: The Leader as a Change Agent
March 11-12, 2021 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
10 AM - 5 PM on Day One, 8 AM - 3 PM on Day Two

Session VI: Closing the Achievement and Opportunity Gap
April 20-21, 2021 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
10 AM - 5 PM on Day One, 8 AM - 3 PM on Day Two

The Leadership Academy will end with a Graduation Ceremony, slated for May 21, 2021 at the WASBO Spring Conference.

Who should attend?
All WASBO District Professionals from all job titles including Business Managers, Facilities Directors, Bookkeepers and Custodians.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in the profession;
  • Must have input or decision-making authority for strategic decisions involving the school district
  • Need or want talking points to describe the Academy - Leadership Talking Points
  • Written supervisory approval to participate in all six Academy sessions - Sample Letter of Support; a copy of the letter of support from your supervisor may be submitted by email to jeanne.deimund@wasbo.com or by mail to:
    Attn: Jeanne Deimund
    4797 Hayes Road, Ste 202
    Madison, WI 53704

Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to social distance a limited number of participants will be accepted, be sure to register quickly to guarantee your spot. As part of the registration process, it is required that you complete two essay questions at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020-21LeadershipAcademyEssays.

Full payment must be received by November 24.

Guest rooms at the state rate of $82 are available at the Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center when you call 608-249-4220 or enter the Leadership Academy Group code of "WSO" at www.holidayinn.com/madisonwi.

10/7/2020 - 5/21/2021
Holiday Inn At the American Center 5109 W Terrace Drive Madison, WI 53718



Wednesday, 07 October 2020

10/7/2020 8:00 AM - 10/8/2020 3:00 PM
8:00 AM

Thursday, 05 November 2020

11/5/2020 10:00 AM - 11/6/2020 3:00 PM
10:00 AM

Wednesday, 09 December 2020

12/9/2020 10:00 AM - 12/10/2020 3:00 PM
10:00 AM

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

2/9/2021 10:00 AM - 2/10/2021 3:00 PM
10:00 AM

Thursday, 11 March 2021

3/11/2021 10:00 AM - 3/12/2021 3:00 PM
10:00 AM

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

4/20/2021 - 4/21/2021

Friday, 21 May 2021

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
7:30 AM

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