Students at Conference
Impact and opportunity abound for students at the WSSDA Annual Conference. Below are ways for our young colleagues to present, perform, participate, and solve intractable problems.
Recommended for Students
We recommend that students attend sessions identified for new board directors to learn about school governance practices and the role of school boards. Below are special opportunities for students:
Opening Keynote speaker Marc Prensky will deliver a breakout session specifically for students.
A student breakfast on Thursday morning allows attending students to meet and coordinate their schedules.
A student reception on Friday evening provides heavy appetizers as background to a time for them to chat with new friends and share their experiences from this event.
To help celebrate the value of the arts in our schools, Annual Conference regularly features student performers. The students typically perform at the general sessions and during the luncheon. At those sessions, our members are grateful to enjoy short student performances consisting of music, dance, something theatrical or poetry. Look for a call for student performers each spring as we try to identify a diverse set of individual or group performers from across the state.
Students in Breakouts
Student voice is increasingly recognized as an important component of school governance, and sessions that include students as participants are among the highest rated. WSSDA strongly encourages presenters to incorporate student voice—or better yet, the students themselves—in their breakout sessions. And if students would like to lead a presentation, the Annual Conference Planning Committee would be happy to receive a presentation proposal!
Student Innovation Challenge
For three years running, the DLR Group has brought a team of students to the conference to participate in an innovation challenge. The students work in a well-trafficked area to solve a real-world challenge in one day.
Previous challenges have revolved around homelessness (2016) and the distribution of aid funding for a local issue (2017). The students use everything at their disposal as resources: exhibitors, conference attendees who stop by their work area, adult mentors, and the internet.
At the end of the day, the students present their solutions to the challenge sponsors. Members of the winning team receive a scholarship. The students also present their solutions to conference attendees during a breakout session the following day.