Pre-Conference: Thursday, November 16
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception. Breakfast in the room begins at 7:45 a.m.
Engage with experienced school law attorneys on hot topic legal issues that face public school districts across the state. Hear about recent developments, analysis and insight to help you recognize legal pitfalls and minimize the risk of costly litigation and investigations in your district. Network with other school directors and superintendents to share stories and ideas regarding best practices. The conference will include a general session, break-out sessions and a reception. This is a can’t-miss learning opportunity tailored specifically to k-12 leaders.
The Challenges of Poverty
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This workshop helps you build a personal understanding of poverty that will better inform your decision-making for equity and access policies back in your district. Attendees begin the day with a three-hour role playing experience. How will you as your assigned personality negotiate the needs of food, shelter and other necessities on a limited budget? Following a debriefing of The Poverty Immersion Experience*, small group breakout sessions will allow deeper exploration of poverty issues. This session is limited to 85 conference attendees. Registration is limited to 85 conference attendees.
*The Poverty Immersion Experience is a product of and is facilitated by Washington State University’s Metropolitan Center.
- Martha Aitken, Senior Associate, Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension, Washington State University
- Colleen Miller, Director of Leadership Development, WSSDA
New Board Boot Camp
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. followed by Open Government Training
Welcome to the board! If you’ve been elected or appointed to your school board in the last year or two and want to learn more about the role, New Board Boot Camp is designed just for you. Board Boot Camp is an invaluable day of training designed to get new directors ready to fully participate as effective leaders on their boards. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of the governance team, how school boards do their work, leading through policy, budget and fiscal management and understanding data. Immediately following the Boot Camp is a 90-minute session on Open Government Training (see description below).
The presenters have more than 40 years of school board experience between the two of them. Let them inspire you for the important, challenging work ahead.
- Tricia Lubach, Training Specialist, Leadership Development, WSSDA and Director, Quincy School District
- Cindy McMullen, WSSDA Leadership Development Consultant; Past WSSDA President; and Director, Central Valley School Board, Spokane
Open Government Training - free session to anyone who needs it
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
The Open Public Meetings Act, Public Records Act and records retention are covered in this session, which immediately follows the New Board Boot Camp. This session fulfills the legislated requirement that all school directors must complete this training within 90 days of taking office.
- Nancy Krier, Assistant Attorney General for Open Government, Washington State Office of the Attorney General