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Professional Development Conference (PDC)

Our Professional Development Conference is held during the summer so that our professional staff can build or maintain industry connections; attend workshops taught by industry leaders, innovative instructors, and foundation supporters; and conduct the organization's business at our annual meeting.

Future conference dates:

  • June 28-July 2, 2020 in La Crosse
  • June 27-July 1, 2021 in La Crosse
General Information
Conference Fees and Payment

Fees
Conference registration*: $400
Daily registration*: $133 (dues) + $125/day
Workshop Session fees: Varies by session selected. Many are offered at no additional cost.
Tuesday dinner socials (optional)

Board Design: $50
Bowling: $20
Cooking Class: $50
Golf: $50

Additional banquet ticket(s): $30 each
Instructional kits (optional): $100

*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 include Monday lunch, Tuesday lunch and evening picnic social and Wednesday lunch and one banquet dinner ticket. Breakfast is included in the hotel reservations.

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.

Payment should be sent to the following address. 

Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators
PO Box 935
East Troy, WI 53120

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.

Registration

Registration will open on March 1: 

  1. Click here to go to your WAAE online account 
  2. Select "Conference Registration"

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.

WTCS Dean's Meeting Registration - https://wisconsinaged.org/pages/wtcs-registration/

Conference Schedule

2020 Professional Development Schedule - Radisson Hotel, 200 Second Street South, La Crosse, WI 

Sunday, June 28
11 a.m. 
3 p.m.
4-8 p.m.
8-9 p.m.
New Teacher Program
WAAE Board Meeting  
Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up                                                              
Conference Registration                                                                                                

Monday, June 29
7-8 a.m.
8-9 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
12:30-2:15 p.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.
3:45-4:45 p.m.
Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up
Educational Expo Opens - View Exhibits! 
Professional Development Sessions
Educational Expo Resumes - Walking Lunch
Opening Session
Statewide committee meetings
Sectional committee meetings

Tuesday, June 30
6:30-8:45 a.m.
9-11 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
1:15-4:30 p.m.
1:15-3:15 p.m.
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Breakfast & Business Meeting, meeting begins at 8 a.m. 
Professional Development Sessions  
Post-Secondary Luncheon / Secondary Luncheon
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Professional Development Sessions (FFA Center Board Mtg)
Professional Development Sessions (FFA Center Board Mtg)
 
Wednesday, July 1
6:30-7:45 a.m. 
8-9:30 a.m.
9:45-11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
1:30-4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.   
5:30 p.m. 
 
Breakfast
Professional Development Sessions
Professional Development Sessions
Luncheon
Professional Development Sessions  
Banquet Reception
Banquet
Social following banquet
 
Thursday, July 2
7:00-9:45 a.m.
8:00-9:00 a.m.
10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
12 p.m.
Breakfast & Business Meeting, meeting begins at 9 a.m.
Mentor/Mentee Breakfast 
Professional Development Sessions
Conference adjourns
Post-Conference Meetings
12:30 p.m.  

WAAE Board Meeting

 

Sessions

(Click here to get more details about submitting session proposals.)

Click to access sessions grid. 

Tuesday   9:30am to 11:00am
There are no Sessions for this time slot.
Sunday   11:00am to 6:00pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a pre-conference session or I have board duties.
Cost: Included in conference fees
Monday   9:00am to 10:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Tuesday   9:00am to 11:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Tuesday   1:15pm to 3:15pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
*Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Cost: Included in conference fees
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Tuesday   3:30pm to 4:30pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
*Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Cost: Included in conference fees
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Wednesday   8:00am to 11:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
20-Year Club Meeting
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Now that the Wednesday luncheon is combined, the 20-year club meeting will take place during the Wednesday morning workshop session time. Start time is TBD.
Wednesday   1:15pm to 2:45pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
*WAAE Board Banquet Prep
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
WAAE Board Banquet Prep
Wednesday   3:00pm to 4:30pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
*WAAE Board Banquet Prep
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
WAAE Board Banquet Prep
Thursday   10:00am to 12:00pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Exhibitors

Exhibitor Registration Form

The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators would like to invite its partners to be a part of the 2019 WAAE Professional Development Conference Educational Expo.

2020 Educational Expo Exhibitor Information Letter

About the Educational Expo
Date: Monday, June 24, 2019
Location: Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Time: 8-9 a.m. 
         10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. with "walking lunch"
          Opening session and prize drawing to follow.
New for 2019! Expo times will be condensed as compared to previous years, but total time will be the same. 

Self-directed set-up: Sunday, June 23 - 4-8 p.m.
Registration and set-up: Monday, June 24 - 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(s) for Monday's Conference luncheon
  • WAAE plaque or year tag acknowledging your support of WAAE

How to Register

  • Click on "My Account" link on the left side of the page
  • 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 935
    East Troy, WI 53120

Deadline: April 15

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Nicole Nelson, executive director, at nicole@waae.com or 262-470-8369 (voice or text).

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 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

Radisson La Crosse.Housing block is open now! 

Ways to book:  


Room rates:

  • $99 - Standard King City View
  • $99 - Poolside Doubles
  • $129 - Standard 2 Queen Riverview 

***Recommended overflow hotel: Holiday Inn & Suites La Crosse
   There is not a block, so just reserve your room for the lowest rate available.
   608-784-4444 or online