Spring Conference

46th Annual WALA Spring Conference

Hello Everyone,

I hope this email finds you well and off to a great start to the New Year. We met as an Executive Board today at noon and discussed this year’s spring conference. It was unanimously decided to cancel this year’s conference and plan for our conference in Spokane next year. Our WALA president, Carrie DeForest recently sent out a conference survey requesting information on who was interested in attending, presentation topics and presenters, etc. We have had over 450 participants the past three years with only 32 responses to her survey. With the possibility of schools opening for onsite learning in February, we decided that many would be involved in getting started, preparing onsite lessons, etc. and this would not be a good time to try and facilitate a conference.

 
We will however need to do our Annual Report to approve the budget, elect officers and region representatives for the following year.  Please be thinking and sharing out with your regions regarding the election of Region Reps and who would be interested in following Shane Evans as our president. Carrie and I will need to publish those names on the Annual Report.
 
Our thoughts today at our Executive Board Meeting would be for Region Reps to hold a Zoom session within the next couple of months within your regions to help support the needs of your region. If you need help or support, I am more than happy to help host/host those region meetings so WALA continues its presence and support for programs, districts, teachers, etc.
 
Thank you,
Brad L. Sprague
WALA Executive Director