Summer Leadership Academy


2017 WEAC Summer Leader Academy
Keynote Speaker: EARL WIMAN

Earl Wiman was re-elected to a second three-year term on the National Education Association Executive Committee in July 2014. Since joining the Executive Committee, Earl has helped to shape NEA’s signature initiative around “Leading the Professions”.  He also served on the core leadership team that developed a competency framework designed to prepare NEA members for positions of leadership in their state and local association. Read more about Earl Wiman.


Is the Summer Leadership Academy a good investment of your time? Absolutely! Just read what three 2016 trainers have to say:

Pat Schmidt (left) with NEA Vice President Becky Pringle at the 2016 WEAC Summer Leadership Academy.

Pat Schmidt (left) with NEA Vice President Becky Pringle at the 2016 WEAC Summer Leadership Academy.

I believe Summer Leadership Academy is important because it teaches you to represent something bigger than yourself. There is no better feeling than when you know you are standing up for children and public education in a way that you can’t do in your classroom alone. Summer Leadership Academy not only gives you a local perspective, but a state and national focus on issues important to you as an educator. It encourages you to get involved not only in your school community, but to take a stand on issues at a much deeper level. Our section on advocacy teaches you how to step out to be a voice for children at the level where decisions are made that change their lives. If we don’t stand up for them who will? I hope you enjoy this year’s Academy and find a new energy and focus for children.

– Pat Schmidt, Wautoma Music Teacher (Newly Retired), Advocacy Trainer

John Havlicek

John Havlicek

“Building our organization again is something that we do for ourselves, our fellow teachers, and our students. Now more than ever we need a strong union if we are to change the direction of education in our state and reclaim the pride and respect that is due our profession.  To do this, we need strong locals and strong local leaders.  This training makes that possible.”

– John Havlicek, La Crosse Spanish Teacher, Communication Trainer


Gretchen Kubeny

Gretchen Kubeny

I feel that the Summer Leadership Academy is important, because it helps to empower current and future union leaders within our state association. Participants are provided with information, tools and support needed to strengthen and grow their local association. We all do better when we all do better.

– Gretchen Kubeny, Green Bay Health Teacher, Communication Trainer


SLAlogo_300pxRead more below about last year’s Academy:

The 2016 WEAC Summer Leadership Academy was in early August at UW-Whitewater. The WEAC Summer Leadership Academy is about a community of educators coming together to learn more about advocating for their profession, for public education and for the children in Wisconsin public schools. Whether you are a leader in the association at the local, regional or state level, or are looking to learn more about important issues facing us all, this Academy is for you. The Summer Leadership Academy arms you with the knowledge and resources you need to make a difference.

Below are some highlights from the 2016 SLA:

Public education opened doors of opportunity in his life

In remarks at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy this week, new WEAC President Ron Martin, who grew up in poverty in northern Wisconsin, credits public education for opening doors of opportunity in his life.

‘Are you worthy of your students?’

Repeating a question posed by former National Teacher of the Year Kim Oliver, National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle asked participants at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy Wednesday: “Are you worthy of your students?” “We cannot say we are worthy of our children as long as fear and inequity, discrimination and injustice exist in our society,” Pringle said.

‘Learn from other people’s differences’

Matt Glowacki, who was born without legs, brought his inspirational message to the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy this week in Whitewater. Among his messages: “My disability exists in your mind more than it does in mine, most of the time.” … “Learn from other people’s differences.” …