Professional Issues Conference

WEAC Professional Issues Conference

NOTICE: The WEAC Professional Issues Conference
is moving from winter to the fall, so mark your calendar now!

The fall 2018 Professional Issues Conference will be
October 26-28, 2018
at the KI Convention  Center in  Green Bay.

Keynote speaker:

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.


Presenters must be WEAC members or friends of WEAC ineligible for membership.
Presenters whose applications are accepted will received mileage reimbursement,
lodging, meals and complimentary conference registration.


More details about this year’s conference will be posted here as they become available.


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.