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Professional Development Conference (PDC)

2023 Professional Development Conference coming June 25-29, 2023

General Information

The 2023 Professional Development Conference will be held June 25-June 29, 2023.  Payments for exhibitors, sponsors and/or attendees can be done online via credit card or by mailing a check to Executive Director, WAAE, PO Box 87, Sauk City, WI 53583 Ph: (608)354-6450.   The PDC will be held in person for three full days Monday through Wednesday and a half day on Thursday, June 29 with workshops and meetings.  The banquet will be held Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 pm.   There will be tours, workshops, picnic, social events, and time to visit with cohorts during this professional development event.  New this year is the Workshop Session Open-Door Policy.  You can come and go as you like to the workshops on Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.  No preregistration is needed for those days.  YOU MUST REGISTER for Wednesday workshops as some do have additional fees.  

Conference Fees and Payment

 Fees For Conference:
Conference registration*:  $400 (includes WAAE dues $73 and NAAE dues $65)  
Daily registration*: Daily rate $250 (includes WAAE ($73) and NAAE ($65) dues
Workshop Session fees: The majority are included in registration.  A minimal number requires an additional fee for the workshop product you will leave with.  

Additional banquet ticket(s): $30 each
Instructional kits (optional): $100 with a due date of April 30, 2023

*Conference registration includes all workshop sessions, WAAE/NAAE dues, meetings, meals, refreshment breaks, and materials, with the exception of additional fees stated in the session descriptions. Meals included in the conference fee are breakfast, lunch, one evening picnic meal, and one evening banquet dinner ticket. 

Carl Perkins Funding
In most cases, Carl Perkins Funding can be used to pay for attendance at the conference. Discuss this with the individual in charge of these funds at your school.

Invoice and Payment
After completing and submitting the online registration form, there will be a link to print an invoice. If you do not receive a confirmation email or see a place on the website to print an invoice then you are not registered for the conference.  Contact executivedirector@waae.com if you need an invoice before registration opens.

Payment should be sent to the following address. 

Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators
PO Box 87
Sauk City, WI 53583

Payment is required by the time conference attendees arrive onsite. If not, participants will be responsible for working out their personal reimbursement with their respective schools.


 Pay dues online:

  1. Go to your WAAE online account  at https://wisconsinaged.org/waae/
  2. Login to My Account or create a login for your personal WAAE account
  3. At the bottom of the login page choose "Conference Registration" and follow the prompts.
  4. If you are only paying dues, at bottom of the login page choose "Join/Renew Membership" and it will also print an invoice for you.

If you do not receive a confirmation email or see a place on the website to print an invoice then you are not registered for the conference.


Conference Schedule
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2023
Workshop for new teachers 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Workshop for WIAgI2 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WAAE Booard meeting 3:00 p.m.
Dinner for new teachers 5:30 p.m.
Vendor setup at Convention Center - 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Evening Celebration hosted by Minn-Tex for their 40th Anniversary
Place: Oshkosh Convention Center - 7:00-10:00 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2023
Vendor setup at Convention Center - 7:00 a.m.
Vendor Showcase - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Convention Center
Workshops (1 hr) - 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Convention Center
Lunch and Business Meeting - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Sectional and Committee Meetings in the afternoon
Picnic - 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2023
Tours-Tuesday Morning Only and load at Convention Center Parking Lot 
Lunch and Business Meeting at Convention Center - 12:-1:30 p.m. 
WI FFA Center Board Meeting 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Workshops-Afternoon Only at Convention Center
   2:15-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.
WTCS Dean's Meeting at Convention Center
Social events in the evening

Breakfast-Business Session at Convention Center  
Workshops all day at Convention Center
   9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Social Hour - 5:00 p.m. at Convention Center
Awards Banquet - 5:30 p.m. at Convention Center

Workshops - 9:00-11:00 a.m.
WAAE Board Meeting - 9:00-11:00 a.m.


Details for Workshops on Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon, and Thursday morning will be open-door policy so no preregistration is required. You can view the workshop list by clicking here.

Click here for workshop grid. 


Exhibitor Registration Form

The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators would like to invite its partners to be a part of the 2023 WAAE Professional Development Conference Educational Expo.

All exhibitors who have paid their booth fee will be highlighted online.  Contact executivedirector@waae.com or call (608)354-6450 with any questions.

2023 Educational Expo Exhibitor Information Letter

About the Educational Expo
Date: Monday, June 26, 2023
Location: Premier Best Western, 1 N. Main St., Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
       Exhibitor prize drawing at lunch.

Self-directed set-up: Sunday, June 25 - 4-9 p.m.
Registration and set-up: Monday, June 26 - 7-8 a.m.

Display area: 3'x6' table or comparable floor space if a table isn't used. Each additional space/table is $75

Door prizes: All exhibitors are asked to donate a door prize, which will be given out at the end of the Educational Expo.  

Exhibitor Fees: $175, and includes

  • WAAE Associate Membership
  • One display space/table at the Educational Expo. Each additional space/table is $75
  • Ticket for Monday's Conference luncheon. Additional lunch tickets $12

How to Register

  • Go to WAAE online account - https://wisconsinaged.org/users/
  • Create or log in to your account.
  • Click "Exhibitor Registration"
  • Click "Register as an Exhibitor" on the right side
  • After completing the registration, you'll be able to print out an invoice to submit with payment
  • Mail payment to:

    Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators
    PO Box 87
    Sauk City, WI 53583

Deadline: May 25

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kathy Hartmann-Breunig, at executivedirector@waae.com or 608-354-6450.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for your consideration to be a sponsor at the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators Professional Development Conference. WAAE is the professional development organization for our state's secondary and post-secondary agricultural educators and provides its members with opportunities for technical training, networking and to support the recruitment and retention of agricultural educators. As a membership dues-funded organization, we truly appreciate the support that sponsors provide.  

We are pleased to offer several options to support our state's agricultural educators while giving recognition and appreciation to those organizations that decide to sponsor. 

 WAAE will highlight all sponsors on the website using logos supplied by each business as well as printed programs and materials distributed at the conference.  

WAAE Conference Sponsorship Information Letter

How to Become a Conference Sponsor

  • Complete the Sponsorship Form and return it to WAAE
  • For customized sponsorship opportunities, contact the executive director at executivedirector@waae.com. 

Questions: If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the executive director at executivedirector@waae.com. 

Hotel Reservations

Premier Best Western Oshkosh Housing block is open now! 

Ways to book:   

Room rates:

  • $125 - Standard King
  • $117 - Standard Queen
  • $107 - Standard Double
  • $90 - Standard Single