Permission to Feel...Permission to Lead

Come to Lake Chelan on September 26–28 for WASA’s return to in-person professional learning!! WASA’s Fall Conference will focus on the timely content issue of Social Emotional Learning. You will not want to miss learning from the amazing speakers we have gathered―check out the schedule lineup!


Sunday, September 26

12:45–3:30 p.m.                      e-Bike Tour (click here to view the flyer and register)

5–6 p.m.                                   Networking Reception (beverages and appetizers)

6 p.m.                                       Dinner on Your Own

Monday, September 27

6–7 a.m.                                   Walk with WASA (click here to view the map)

7:45–8:30 a.m.                         Breakfast

8:30–9 a.m.                              Welcome and Opening

9–10:30 a.m.                            Permission to Feel: Dr. Marc Brackett, Keynote

10:30–10:45 a.m.                      Break

10:45–11:15 a.m.                      Perseverance in a Strange Land: Dr. Stephen Bond, Keynote

11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.                   Decreasing Anxiety and Increasing Empathy: Houston Kraft, Keynote

12–1 p.m.                                  Lunch

1–2:15 p.m.                               From Evidence to Impact―What Does Research Tell Us About School Mental Health?: Eric Bruns and Kelcey Schmitz, UW SMART Center

2:15–2:30 p.m.                          Break

2:30–3:45 p.m.                          The Way Forward―Leveraging MTSS for Effective School Mental Health: Susan Barrett, Old Dominion University

5–6 p.m.                                    Reception (Beverages)

6 p.m.                                        Dinner | Honoring Helene Paroff

Tuesday, September 28

7:45–8:30 a.m.                          Breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m.                          Opening

8:45–10 a.m.                            Trauma-Sensitive Instruction: Keynote Tom Hierck

10–10:15 a.m.                           Break

10:15–11:45 a.m.                      Continued: Trauma-Sensitive Instruction: Keynote Tom Hierck

11:45 a.m.–12 p.m.                   Closing 

District administrators

WA State Approved Clock Hours (11.0) and a copy of Dr. Marc Brackett’s “Permission to Feel” in included in registration.

The following meals are included in registration:

  • Monday Breakfast
  • Monday Lunch
  • Monday Dinner
  • Tuesday Breakfast
  • Tuesday Boxed Lunch

Registration Rates
WASA Member                                       $375
Non-member Conference Attendee        $415

Registration includes clock hours and copy of keynote Dr. Marc Brackett’s “Permission to Feel.”

We are sold out! Registration is closed and a waiting list has been started. Please contact Lisa Gehman at to be placed on the waiting list. The waiting list will be served in a first-come first-served basis. 

A $75 administrative fee applies to all cancellations submitted by September 10. No refunds after September 10. No Show = No Refund.

Campbell’s Resort
104 W Woodin Ave
Chelan 98816

Call 800.553.8225 and mention your affiliation with the WASA Fall Conference, group code 524673, by August 27, to receive the discounted room block rate at Campbell’s Resort. Reservations are limited to conference participants, please. 

Traditional Room $147 plus taxes/fees
Deluxe Room $177 plus taxes/fees

The health and safety of everyone at our conference is of paramount importance to us.

Health Attestation
We will ask everyone to complete a brief health attestation daily before entering the meeting space.

Masking indoors is required.

Proximity to Others
We will be gathered in one ballroom with nine people seated per round table.

Contact Lisa Gehman at with registration.
Contact Mike Nelson at 253.508.0192 or with questions about the program.
Contact Jamie Chylinski at with special accommodation requests.

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