Pre-Conference: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Lunch is provided as part of all Early Bird Workshops that extend through the lunch hour.
8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. preceded by full breakfast at 8 a.m. and followed by a reception.
Engage with experienced school law attorneys on the “hot topic” legal issues for public schools. Learn about recent developments, hear the legal analysis, and gain the insight you need to recognize and minimize legal pitfalls in your district, including the risk of costly litigation and investigations. This is a can’t-miss learning opportunity tailored specifically to K-12 leaders. The conference includes breakfast, general and breakout sessions, and a reception. You can network with other school directors and superintendents to share stories and ideas regarding best practices.
Budgeting and Bargaining
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bargaining is often considered a one-time event that is isolated from other school district functions. In reality, successful bargaining is part of a larger cycle that involves effective communication, an inclusive budgeting process, and collaborative relationships. This workshop brings together experts to share best practices and strategies. WSSDA’s Budgeting & Bargaining Manual is one of many resources that will be provided to help school directors navigate the process.
Board Boot Camp
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Being newly elected or appointed to the school board is both exciting and daunting. School directors have many responsibilities, and the first couple of years of board service can be a steep learning curve. Board Boot Camp is a great place to start. Hear from experienced school directors cover as they cover the basics of board service and answer questions. You'll also be able to connect with new board members from around the state. Superintendents and more experienced school directors are encouraged to attend with their new board members for the best experience.
Open Government Training
4:15 - 6:00 p.m.
The Open Public Meetings Act, Public Records Act and records retention are covered in this free session. This session fulfills the legislated requirement that all school directors must complete this training within 90 days of taking office, and again every four years. Offered at the end of the day so that anyone who needs a new or review credential may attend.
Presenter: Nancy Krier, Assistant Attorney General for Open Government, Washington State Office of the Attorney General