"It impacts more than just your work environment. It impacts your entire life."

2020-21 Graduates Reflect on Experience


To 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 create their presentation in a simple format and present it prior to graduation.

Participants are expected to adhere to WASBO's COVID-19 Safeguards.





"The Wally Zastrow Leadership Academy provided me personalized professional development. Our class developed a camaraderie and we were able to talk about specific challenges we faced on a daily basis. The facilitators provided tools to help with the challenges! The tools were simple to implement and at the same time, very effective. I've participated in a lot of professional development sessions...the Wally Zastrow Leadership Academy is clearly at the top of my list!"

- Lynn Knight, Business Manager

The Leadership Academy is sponsored by von Briesen & Roper, s.c. 

What You Will Learn

Session I: Taking Your Leadership Pulse
October 21-22, 2021 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
  • Assess your current leadership strengths and opportunities to grow.
  • Develop a leadership goal to strengthen your effectiveness as a leader.
  • Identify the three core values to guide your daily practice of leadership.
  • Explore how changing your mindset can make you a better leader.
  • Better understand the role of failure in becoming an exceptional leader.
  • Build an Academy team to support you on your leadership journey.
  • Master the technology used to support your success in the Academy.
Session II: The Leader as an Innovator
November 4-5, 2021 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
  • Review your emotional intelligence assessment and target 1 area to improve.
  • Understand the leader's role in organizational innovation.
  • Practice the 5 skills of innovative leaders.
  • Create a systematic approach to organizational innovation.
  • Develop new problem-solving skills involving creativity/design thinking.
Session III: The Leader as a Communicator
December 8-9, 2021 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
  • Identify your preferred communication style and strengths (True Colors Assessment.)
  • Become more effective working with styles that clash with yours.
  • Prepare for and practice having candid conversations.
  • Develop new listening skills.
  • Practice your storytelling skills to create stronger connections.
Session IV: Building High Performance Teams
February 9-10, 2022 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
  • Develop a team culture that supports high performance.
  • Experiment with the power of expectations to understand its relationship performance.
  • Create a User Manual so team members know what you expect when working with you.
  • Practice leading a meeting in real time to solve a problem in a high-performance context.

Learning Objectives

Session V: The Leader as a Change Agent
March 10-11, 2022 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
  • Explore an effective change management model.
  • Develop strategies for leading and sustaining change.
  • Learn new tools for implementing and effecting change in complex environments.
  • Practical ways to motivate followers in the change process.
  • Learn when to make a decision yourself and when to make a group decision.
Session VI: Focus on the Future
April 26-27, 2022 • Holiday Inn at the American Center, Madison
  • Learn what it means to engage upstream thinking
  • Apply everything you learned to date to work on a real-world problem.
  • Learn new techniques about how to build community and balance stakeholder expectations.
  • Build your leadership system to help navigate major change.
  • Leverage the purpose of leadership to pursue your mission and future.

Academy Graduation
May 20, 2022 • WASBO Spring Conference
Attendees that successfully complete the academy will be recognized at the WASBO Spring Conference.


Meet the 2021-22 Wally Zastrow Leadership Academy Instructors


Begin Your Journey

The Wally Zastrow Leadership Academy is open to all District Professional members. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For the best learning experience, a minimum of 19 attendees is preferred. All applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in your current job;
  • Must have input or decision-making authority for strategic decisions involving the school district;
  • Written letter of supervisory support to participate in all academy sessions.
    1. Sample letter of support.

       A copy of the supervisory support letter may be submitted to Jeanne Deimund ([email protected]) or by mail to:
      Attn: Jeanne Deimund
      4797 Hayes Road, Ste 202
      Madison, WI 53704

Upon registration, participants will be asked to submit responses to following two essay questions:
  1. Tell us about a real person who influenced your life. What values did this person demonstrate that were important to you?
  2. After reviewing the leadership learning objectives, which topics do you feel most confident about and which ones do you think will be most challenging?

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Hotel Accommodations are the responsibility of participants. WASBO has secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate.

Due to the nature of the materials and goals of this academy, participation is limited to District Professional members only.


WASBO District Professional Member pricing for the Wally Zastrow 2021-22 Leadership Academy is $1,950. Price of these six, two-day academy sessions includes:
  • Coaching/Support from academy faculty
  • Networking through online tools
  • Leadership Assessment
  • Emotional Intelligence Assessment
  • True Colors Communication Style Assessment
  • Noon meal each day

Attendees are responsible for all travel and meals outside of the session days.

Full payment must be received by November 24 and NO REFUNDS will be issued.

Wallace E. Zastrow
Wallace E. Zastrow was a champion for education. Graduating from Whitewater State Teachers College with a B.A. and an M.A. in business from the University of Iowa. He was a teacher of business education at Fort Atkinson and Whitefish Bay High Schools and School Administrator for the Waukesha School District. Serving at UW-Whitewater, he was the former Director of University Relations.

His passion for the profession was demonstrated in several areas. Wally was a charter member of WASBO and served as the associations' first Executive Director. Through his leadership, WASBO gained recognition and respect as an outstanding educational organization within the State of Wisconsin and ASBO International. His legacy of leadership lives on today for each WASBO member!