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.



"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

What You Will Learn

Session I: Taking Your Leadership Pulse
September 24-25, 2020 • WI School Leadership 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 the importance of failure and why it is important for leaders to fail.
  • Build an Academy team to support you on your leadership journey.
Session II: The Leader as an Innovator
November 5-6, 2020 • WI School Leadership 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 9-10, 2020 • WI School Leadership Center, Madison
  • Identify your preferred communication style and strengths (True Colors Assessment.)
  • Become more thoughtful at working with others who have a different style.
  • Practice having candid conversations.
  • Develop new listening skills.
  • Learn how to measure the effectiveness of communication.
Session IV: Building High Performance Teams
February 9-10, 2021 • WI School Leadership Center, Madison
  • Learn how to motivate your team to excel every day.
  • Learn why an Inquiry Mindset is essential for promoting high performance.
  • Create a User Manual so team members know what you expect when working with you.
  • Identify the team behaviors that interfere with high performance.

Learning Objectives

Session V: The Leader as a Change Agent
March 11-12, 2021 • WI School Leadership 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: Closing the Achievement and Opportunity Gap
April 20-21, 2021 • WI School Leadership Center, Madison
  • Deepen your understanding of how to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Develop innovative new approaches to changing achievement and equity outcomes.
  • Learn new techniques about how to build community in order to address tough issues.
  • Explore ways to narrow the achievement gap in your district.

Academy Graduation
May 20-21, 2021 • WASBO Spring Conference, Madison Marriott West, Middleton
Attendees that successfully complete the academy will be recognized at the WASBO Spring Conference.


Meet the 2020-21 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 (jeanne.deimund@wasbo.com) 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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Register for the 2020-21 Wally Zastrow Leadership Academy Today!

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 2020-21 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!