Professional Development Institute

Bringing together members from across the career continuum for an annual event focused on learning and professional networking.

The 2021 Professional Development Institute (PDI) will be held in person Friday, November 5-Sunday, November 7 in beautiful downtown Oshkosh.

Matthew Kay

Our keynote speaker is author and educator Matthew Kay. Kay’s book Not Light, but Fire was inspired by Frederick Douglass’s abolitionist call to action, “it is not light that is needed, but fire.” Kay has spent his career learning how to lead students through the most difficult race conversations and makes the case that school classrooms are one of the best places to have those conversations.

Patty Zemke

We’ll also hear from Patty Zemke, Wisconsin Teacher of the Year and Kabby Hong, Wisconsin’s High School Teacher of the Year. The cost of registration ($99 for active and retired teachers, $75 for ESP and Aspiring Educators) includes the program, materials, lodging, meals (with the exception of dinner Saturday), snacks, and social events. This is the best value you’ll find for a full weekend of professional learning and networking.

Kabby Hong

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In honor of Governor Evers recently signing the requirement to teach curriculum related to the holocaust we are partnering with The Holocaust Shoe Project. We ask that all presenters and participants bring new or gently used pairs of shoes to donate.

WEAC has a plan for safe and healthy schools.  Educators want everyone to be masked, vaccinated and following science.  This includes WEAC members or presenters who attend events sponsored by WEAC. Therefore, all attendees will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test within 48 hours prior to the event to attend an in-person meeting sponsored by WEAC.