Professional Issues Conference

The 2018 WEAC Professional Issues Conference is
October 26-28, 2018
at the KI Convention  Center in  Green Bay.

This conference brings together hundreds of Aspiring Educator Members, Educational Support Professionals and Teachers for a weekend of learning and professional networking, as well as the opportunity to think, dialogue, and learn more about the professional issues you face daily. We invite you to join us for a weekend that puts your learning at the forefront!

The Friday night keynote is Brian J of GSAFE Wisconsin (see below). Brian is the state’s leading expert on fostering safe schools and learning environments for LGBTQ+ youth. Saturday and Sunday are filled with 65 concurrent sessions led by respected members and UW instructors from multiple campuses. Breakout sessions are designed to help enrich your practice and find solutions to the most pressing educational issues, including trauma informed care, improving instruction, culturally responsive pedagogy, social-emotional learning, and support for early career educators.

With lodging, meals, and top-notch presentations, there is no better value in professional development than the annual WEAC Professional Issues Conference.To browse the agenda and session descriptions, click these links:


Session descriptions

Saturday keynote speaker: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers

Tony Evers

Dr. Tony Evers was first elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction in April 2009. He was re-elected to the post in 2013 and 2017. With over three decades of public education experience, Dr. Evers has dedicated his life to advancing public education in Wisconsin. As Wisconsin’s chief state school officer and leader of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Dr. Evers has steadfastly worked to transform Wisconsin’s education system in order to realize the vision of “Every Child a Graduate, College and Career Ready.” Dr. Evers is the WEAC-endorsed candidate running for Wisconsin Governor.

Friday night Keynote speaker: GSAFE Co-Director Brian Juchems

Brian Juchems (“Brian J”), Co-Director of GSAFE, has been at the forefront of fostering safe schools in Wisconsin for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth since 1998 when he migrated to Madison from rural Iowa where he worked as a residence hall director for Luther College. Brian J co-founded and grew GSAFE’s annual Leadership Training Institute into a 4-day summer camp for high school students across Wisconsin to develop their skills as activists, allies, and agents of change. In 2002 Brian J formally joined GSAFE’s staff and has served as lead trainer, where he has regularly provided engaging professional development for thousands of K-12 educators with an approachable and playful Midwest sensibility. In 2005 Brian J partnered with Madison students to successfully pass the state’s first district-level transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination policy. He has since worked with dozens of districts to take similar steps. A frequent partner of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction, Brian J remains a sought-after trainer and consultant for Wisconsin’s K-12 schools.

Special Screening:

A special screening will be held during the Professional Issues Conference of the recently released film titled “G is for Gun.” This 30-minute documentary film explores the highly controversial trend of armed faculty and staff in K-12 schools. Only five years ago this practice was practically unheard of, but since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, it has spread to as many as thirteen states. Often without public knowledge, there are teachers, administrators, custodians, nurses, and bus drivers carrying guns in America’s schools. “G is for Gun” documents a growing program in Ohio that is training school staff to respond to active shooter situations with guns. The film follows the story of one Ohio community divided over arming its teachers. The filmmaker will be present to facilitate deep discussion. A must-see for anyone concerned about school safety.

Images from last year’s Professional Issues Conference:

Thanks to all the teachers, education support professionals and aspiring educators who made the Winter 2018 WEAC Professional Issues Conference a huge success! Here is a sampling of pictures from just a few of the dozens of sessions that helped educators connect, learn and improve:

Janan Najeeb, Keynote Speaker

Combatting Islamophobia

Janan Najeeb, President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and Director of the Islamic Resource Center, was the keynote speaker at the 2018 WEAC Professional Issues Conference. In this video, she discusses the challenges that Muslims face in a society that often fails to make an effort to understand them.

Janan_Najeeb from WEAC on Vimeo.