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Professional Learning Retreat for K-12 Leaders

Entering its 24th year, ALAS is a transformative series of workshops hosted over three weekends in-person or online. A unique retreat for K-12 administrative leaders, ALAS offers valuable insights from high-profile leaders in education and fosters an environment for collaborative problem-solving among trusted peers, creating lasting connections.

ALAS is brought to you by the Telego Center for Educational Improvement and the Department of Professional Development Services at Ashland University.

Columbus City Schools Emerging Leaders '23

ALAS 2025: January 10-11, February 7-8, March 7-8

Fridays: Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7


  • 5:30 p.m. Reception and Banquet
  • 7 - 8 p.m. Welcome and Keynote


  • 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Log-in, Welcome and Keynote

Saturdays: Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8


  • 7 - 8 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Welcome and Leadership Workshops


  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Log-in, Welcome and Leadership Workshops

What is ALAS?


"What a refreshing escape! The hotel provided the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Comfortable rooms, delicious food, and a spacious ballroom made my stay truly enjoyable. It was exactly what I needed."

"This conference couldn't have come at a better time. The theme of the book and the insightful presentations addressed crucial issues in education today. The legal discussions added valuable perspectives, giving me new insights to navigate challenges in my district."

"ALAS continues to exceed my expectations, and connecting with fellow educators and sharing experiences is always a highlight! The presentations are informative, and I appreciate the practical ideas I can implement in my work. The legislative updates were invaluable for managing our district effectively."

Registration & Rates

Leadership Workshops (In-Person or Virtual)

Registration is open now! Workshop costs include a copy of the chosen book (TBA), 33 hours of professional learning in leadership, and, if attending in-person, meals (Friday evening banquet, Saturday morning breakfast and Saturday lunch). In order to earn 3 graduate credits from Ashland University, leaders must attend all three weekends, register for graduate credit and complete assigned coursework. This registration is separate and paid separately. If your district is paying for both the work shop and the grad credit, we will combine the costs on one invoice. If you are sending a check we can also combine grad credit and workshop costs on one invoice.

Rates (District Pay or Self Pay)

  • In-Person Workshop: $900
  • Virtual Workshop: $750
  • Emerging Leaders Workshop: $190 per weekend (in-person or virtual)
    • This rate is only available for new and returning members of the Wallace Foundation grant cohorts. New to ALAS? Your first weekend is free (courtesy of the grant)! 
  • 3 Graduate Credits: $600
    • (IF District Pay, enter PROMO CODE: DP25)

  • In-Person Workshop + Graduate Credit: $1,500
  • Virtual Workshop + Graduate Credit: $1,350

Become an ALAS Sponsor

Why Partner with ALAS? ALAS has garnered a devoted and continually-growing following, thanks to its welcoming atmosphere and the exceptional experience it offers. Attendees have found immense value in the program, with many returning year after year and bring new leaders and groups with them.

Make an impact in Education By becoming an ALAS sponsor, your organization can align itself with this prestigious event and reach influential leaders in the education sector. We offer three sponsorship tiers, each with unique benefits tailored to maximize your visibility and engagement with our audience.

Event Sponsor - $1,000:

  • Company/organization name, logo, and link on our website before, during and after ALAS has concluded
  • 5-minute live address to our audience on one of the three Saturdays
  • Logo on-screen each weekend, visible to in-person and virtual audiences

Program Sponsor - $1,500:

  • All Event Sponsor benefits
  • Inclusion of your name, logo, and link on our digital Padlet
  • Featured in ALAS Social Media posts with cross-posting to Ashland University's main channels and audience

Weekend Sponsor - $2,000 (only 3 available!):

  • All Program Sponsor benefits
  • Opportunity to address the audience on a Friday evening one of the weekends. Available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Invitations for company representatives to attend the networking reception, banquet, and Keynote Address

If your business or organization would like to become an ALAS sponsor, please contact Michelle D'Ambrosio, Manager, Telego Center for Educational Improvement, at mdambros@ashland.edu.


2024 Sponsors

Join our Planning Committee!

Help shape content and keep this powerful leadership experience fresh and relevant to the challenges school districts are facing. Fill out this Planning Committee Interest Form and we'll be in touch!

  • Time Commitment is minimal but impactful!
    We meet once in the summer to brainstorm theme and book study ideas, as well as workshop content. After that, we touch base via email throughout the Fall (and if needed, one more meeting).
  • Spread the Word and Engage!
    Our committee members also are crucial in getting other leaders to attend ALAS each year. Being invited by a colleague is always more effective than general marketing, and who knows best about the value of ALAS than those who've been there?

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