Fall Administrative Conference - Nov.8-9, 2018

Our fall WASPA conference is being held November 8 and 9 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. Kindly note the different types of registrations offered. Any employee of a WASPA member district is treated as a "member" for registration and fee purposes.  There is no charge for retired WASPA members.

Room rates at the Osthoff are $82 per night for singles and $109 per night for doubles. The Osthoff also offers a two bedroom/two bath suite for $112.  Their reservation number is 800-876-3399. Simply indicate that you are a member of WASPA and let them know which conference you are attending as we have two booked there in November -- the Fall Admin Conference and the Fall Administrative Suppport Staff Conference. You will need to provide the first night's deposit upon making your reservation. There is a cancellation fee of $40 if you cancel your room reservation 72 hours prior to our conference. Any later than that and you will be charged the full night's rate.

This year's conference includes some great opportunities to learn from our presenters about Using Analytics to Improve the Employee Experience, Employee Investigations and Contract renewal/Non-Renewal; 2018 Trends in recruitment, teacher assessments, employee well-being and performance management; WECAN ; SAA report on impact of elections and legislative issues; The Positive Power of Servant Leadership and a Stump the Attorney Legal Session.

Even though it's hard to take time away from our busy schedules in the office, this time to network and learn with peers is invaluable!

Join us as you will again have the opportunity to learn from the shakers and movers in the state and share your experiences with your fellow educators.


2018 WASPA Admin Fall Conference

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Friday, November 9, 2018

The Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Avenue
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 53020-0151 

Call for Reservations


Be sure to mention WASPA for a discounted room rate as well as the dates you will be attending.

Deadline for state rate room block is October 18.


  • $82 Single
  • $102 Double
  • $112 Two Bedroom/Two Bath Suite

Dress Code
"Blue Jeans" Casual


WASPA SPRING CONFERENCE 2017 - Osthoff resort, Elkhart Lake, WI      

Wednesday, November 7

4:00 WASPA Board Meeting

Thursday, Nov 8

7:15 Breakfast & Registration 
8:00 Welcome by President, Julie Grotophorst

Professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pHCLE) Certification (Cindy Heinz, Merrill School District)

The Professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pHCLE) certification program is rooted in new professional standards that outline the competencies that human capital leaders should master.   The HCLE standards, designed specifically for Pre-K–12 education, were informed by feedback from hundreds of educators from across the country, including AASPA and its state affiliates. These standards focus on four main categories: Performance Excellence, Strategic Staffing, Talent Management & Development, and Culture & Total Rewards.


SAA:  Legislative Update   (Jonn Forester)

SAA Lobbyist, John Forester,  will provide insight on the fall elections, the upcoming legislative session and potential impact on our schools.


DPI Licensing Updates (David DeGuire)  

10:15 Break

World Cafe:  2018 HR Trends

  • Recruitment Opportunities
  • Teacher Assessments/Screeners, Decision Making Tools
  • Employee Well-Being/Mental Health
  • Performance Management
  • The Employee Experience

LSG Introduction and Lunch


WASPA Membership Meeting (All conference participants are encouraged to attend!)


WECAN Updates (Charlene Walker, UW-Madison Career Services)

Charlene will provide an update on the features that are currently integrated into the redesigned WECAN.  Charlene will also provide an update on features that will be added to WECAN and will answer your questions regarding WECAN operations.

2:00 Qualtrics - Using Analytics to Improve the Employee Experience  (Sarah Zelazoski, Mequon-Thiensville School District)
3:00 Break
3:15 College Services Breakout
3:15 Employee Investigations to Contract Renewal/Non-Renewal  (Kirk Strang)

Private School Breakout

Join Julie Grotophorst, WASPA President, and Vickie Adkins, Executive Director to learn about WASPA member benefits and provide feedback on how WASPA can better meet your needs.

5:00 Networking & Social Interaction 
6:30 Dinner on Your Own

Friday, Nov 9

7:30 Breakfast 

Legal Updates/ Stump the Attorney (Andy Phillips, vonBriesen and Roper )

The legal landscape seems to change on a daily basis.  Just when we think we may have the laws and regulations figured out, Congress, the State Legislature, or some court tells us what we are doing needs to be changed or there is some wrinkle in the law that we didn’t previously recognize.  This session is designed to give you the latest information on legal developments impacting schools.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about legal issues you are facing in your district.  Come prepared with your questions to see if you can stump the attorney!

9:15 Increase Your Productivity using Technoloyg Tools (Sarah Radcliffe, Director of Educational Technology,. Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District)
10:15 Check-out Break
10:30 The Positive Power of Servant Leadership  (Tom Thibodeau)
11:45 Announcements & Adjourn
Fall & Spring Administrative Staff Conferences  
First-time WASPA Member 1 $175
University/College/Career Placement Staff 2 $125
WASPA Member 3 $225
WASPA Non-Member 4 $325


1 - First Time WASPA Member

Price Paid: $175.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$175.00 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
$125.00 Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2 - College/University/Career Placement Staff

Price Paid: $125.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$125.00 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
$75.00 Wednesday, October 31, 2018


3 - WASPA Member

Price Paid: $225.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$225.00 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
$175.00 Wednesday, October 31, 2018


4 - WASPA Non-Member

Price Paid: $325.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$325.00 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
$275.00 Wednesday, October 31, 2018


All conference registration cancellations must be made no later than October 31.  Cancellations received after that date will be refunded  $50 of their registration fee.

Please contact us at memberservices@WASPA.org to advise of cancellations.




There are no breakout sessions at this conference that require pre-registration.


Upcoming WASPA Events


WASPA Fall Admin Conference
November 8-9, 2018
Elkhart Lake, WI

Fall Administrative Assistants Seminar
November 6-7, 2018
Elkhart Lake, WI

Academy for New HR Administrators & Support Staff
November 7, 2018
Elkhart Lake, WI

WASBO/WASPA Conference
December 5-6, 2018
Middleton, WI