Come together with national scholars and regional PreK-12 school community members (including teachers, specialists, school counselors, school/district leaders, board members, students, education-related association members, and other community members who see their work as impacting education) to learn more about educational practices that cultivate joy in schools.
Registration begins at 8:00 am in the hotel lobby area outside Grand Ballrooms A &
B. Please enter the hotel at the front and follow directional signs past the main
hotel check-in area and turn left to find the lobby area for the conference.
Coffee will begin being served at 7:45 in the lobby area.
Please note that parking is available behind the Renaissance Hotel for $8 a day. You will need to arrive several minutes early to allow for receiving a parking slip and entering through the parking gate. You can then walk around the Hotel and enter at the front.
Learn more about the keynote speakers on the Conference and Sessions Schedule Page
Lunch and Learn Day Two: Day one of the conference will be "lunch on your own" in beautiful downtown Asheville. We encourage participants to make lunch reservations for 12:15. On day two of the conference, we will be hosting a lunch and learn event. During registration you will have the option to register and pay for a $10 boxed lunch for day two if you would like to join.
PK-12 Teachers (limited availability)............$60.00 -- Spaces for this option are now full. Teachers may register as a regular attendee.
University Students..... $60.00
(WCU Affiliate groups, please use the regular link to register as well)
WCU College of Education and Allied Professions - Faculty
WCU College of Education and Allied Professions - Teacher Interns
WCU Educational Leadership Faculty
WCU MSA Principal Fellows Students
Principal Fellows Mentor or District Liaison
All registration fees are non-refundable.
A limited number of hotel rooms will be available for a reduced rate of $119 a night
(plus taxes and fees). Reservation must be made by January 23, 2024 to receive this reduced rate.
Reserve your room at the Renissance Asheville Downtown Hotel
There will be 5 different types of Conference Presentations for this year's conference:
General Interest Session, Lightning Round Session, Round Table Scholar-Practitioner
Discussion, Scholarly Poster Session, PK-12 Student Presentation (sponsorsd by an
educator and persmission granted from the school system). There are also opportunities
to lead Interactive Wellness Sessions.
All participants are welcome. For questions regarding access and accommodations, please contact WCU Educational Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 828.227.7397 by February 16, 2024.