WSSDA Positions

The legislative and permanent positions, together with the bylaws and operating policies, form the governing foundations of WSSDA.

Washington’s 1477 school directors are all members of the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). Through democratic processes that occur via the assembly of school board members annually, two types of positions are established for WSSDA. These positions, combined with WSSDA’s legislative priorities, form WSSDA’s advocacy platform. See our “engagement cycle” graphic to learn how the platform is built.  

Two Types

Permanent PositionsLegislative Positions
These positions represent WSSDA’s beliefs and values and indicate WSSDA’s stance on issues of widespread concern for its membership. The permanent positions are advisory to individual school boards and the greater community. Learn more…Legislative positions are WSSDA’s call to action directed at the state Legislature. These member-ratified positions define and direct the work of WSSDA’s staff as they engage with legislators in Olympia to support public education.  Learn more…

Updated Annually

Each spring, school directors have the opportunity to “spruce up” WSSDA’s advocacy platform. This year, the window to do so is April 1-20. WSSDA’s platform consists of legislative and permanent positions. To keep the platform relevant and effective, all school board members are encouraged to first review WSSDA’s positions before recommending revisions or additions to the platform.

What’s the process?

Currently, WSSDA has 239 positions that have been adopted by its membership, which consists of all 1,477 school directors statewide. When the window opens, WSSDA gives directors an online form to submit recommendations, if they have any. The recommendations that emerge from the “spring cleaning” of positions are studied by WSSDA’s legislative and resolutions committees and then put in front of members for a vote at WSSDA’s General Assembly in the fall. 

Recorded March, 2022.

Annual Review Timeline for 2022

  • March 10
    Member Update: Spring review of platform revision window
  • March 17
    Member Update: Reminder of Window and Steps to Prepare (recorded video)
  • March 24
    Member Update: Reminder of position review, proposal window, and webinar on 29th
  • March 29
    Live webinar on revision window (12-1 pm)
  • April 1             
    Open Platform Revision Window (Proposal Form
  • April 20           
    Close Platform Revision Window
  • April 22-28      
    Staff organization of proposal submissions
    April – May      
  • Legislative and Resolutions Committee review of proposals
  • June – Aug      
    Handbook development, where all proposals are gathered for dissemination
  • TBD                 
    Amendment and Emergency Proposal Window
  • 9/30-10/1       
    General Assembly (where positions are voted on)
  • 10/4-10/12     
    Ranking/prioritization of WSSDA positions
  • 11/1              
    Legislative priorities announced
  • 11/1 – 1/9     
    Share priorities with legislators
  • 1/9/23          
    First day of 2023 legislative session (use positions and priorities to advocate)