Call for session proposals
The WSSDA Annual Conference is the ideal place to present innovative and successful ideas to education leaders from across the state. Share how your district or educational organization is making a difference in education. Attendees include school directors, superintendents and other school administrators, and state officials among many others.
Applications for the 2014 conference will be accepted in March.
Sessions focus on an array of topics addressing school governance and leadership for board members and superintendents. Submit proposals under one of the following strands:
- Common Core
Implementation of common core will impact school districts across the state in 2013 and beyond. We are interested in proposals that demonstrate district excellence and board leadership in common core preparation and adoption.
- Community Partnerships, Engagement and Advocacy
This strand focuses on the opportunities and techniques school boards can use to inform, engage, and partner with community members, parents, local and state government, and the media.
- The Digital Age
Advances in technology and communications are impacting the world in which we live, work and learn. These sessions will address opportunities and concerns that have emerged on the landscape of public education.
- Funding, Finance and Facilities
Topics in this strand include sound fiscal management and budget oversight, cost-cutting strategies and facilities planning.
- Leadership through Governance
Proposed sessions should equip board members with tools and strategies for responsible school district governance.
- School Safety
Programs and strategies that create the conditions for safe, secure and supportive schools for all students are included in this strand.
- Innovation for Student Achievement
School boards govern to maximize student achievement. This strand encompasses the wide range of topics that fall under supporting high achievement for all students.
- Personnel Evaluation
Sessions in this strand will reflect the work done to date and help prepare boards for the next stages of implementing the new teacher and principal evaluation system. Sessions may also focus on superintendent evaluation.
We have four session length options this year (60, 75, 90, 105 minutes).
School board members and superintendents from small, rural and suburban districts to large, urban districts.
Criteria for acceptance
- The session should provide practical information, deep discussion and implementable take-aways for school directors, rather than general topic overviews.
- The school board's role in the project, program or issue presented is clearly defined.
- The description clearly, concisely depicts what the presentation will include.
- School directors and/or students have an active role in the development and delivery of the presentation.
- The session outcomes are clear, measurable and achievable in the time allowed.
Guidelines for participation
- Presenters are responsible for all arrangements and expenses necessary for participation in the conference program.
- Any board member or superintendent participating in the presentation must register as an attendee of the conference and pay the registration fee. Other presenters will receive a speaker’s pass to attend workshops and visit the exhibit hall for the presentation day only.
- The "primary presenter" or an "additional session contact" is responsible for communicating with any co-presenter(s) regarding acceptance or rejection, deadlines and all other session details, and responding in a timely manner to inquiries and requests from WSSDA. This contact is also responsible for finalizing speaker information for the conference program and submitting presentation materials by the posted due dates.
- Under no circumstances may a presenter promote a product, service, or anything representing monetary self-interest.
- No response—no session. If WSSDA does not receive timely responses to communications and deadlines from the session contact, we may exercise the option of cancelling the session.
Contact Sean Fleming, 206.227.0669