Belonging, engagement, and student success — Learn more on Sept 12

On September 12, the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is offering a virtual learning experience for school directors titled Advancing Inclusion through Belonging. But act fast, because registration closes Sunday night. “Advancing Inclusion is one of my favorite OnBoard workshops to facilitate,” said…

Declare your candidacy by September 16

Candidate filing window

The candidate filing window is open for the State Board of Education, Educational Service District, and Washington State School Directors’ Association elections! The window will close at 5 p.m. on September 16. The filing form can be found on all of the elections pages,…

Call for Elections — SBE, ESD, and WSSDA


The candidate filing window for State Board of Education, Educational Service Districts, and Washington State School Directors’ Association elections opens September 1, 2023, and closes at 5 p.m. on September 16. Voting Electronic voting will take place from October 1, 2023 through October 16….

Partners by Design—School Directors Help Hone their Training

Test pilot Iesha Kidd of Fife School District

“I felt a little nervous at first, but after we got going, it felt natural,” said Vanessa Edwards, leadership consultant for the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). Last week, Edwards and OnBoard curriculum co-designer Scott Dolquist practiced delivering one of WSSDA’s newest learning experiences titled…

Energized communities and (not so) simple rules for board success

Summer issue of Direct Magazine

Read the Summer 2023 issue of Direct, the quarterly newsmagazine of the Washington State School Directors’ Association. There’s a lot to enjoy, but here are some highlights:

Free School Board Candidate Workshops in June

By the May 19 deadline, over 1300 people filed to run for a position on their local school board. Of those, the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) was able to contact 911 of them by email to invite them to a free candidate workshop….

Last day to file for 2023 Elections

If you’re thinking of running for a school board, Friday, May 19 is the last day to file for the next round of elections. The Washington Secretary of State website provides all the information you’ll need. Why run? But why run for school board in the…

Expanding the expertise of school directors

WSSDA’s OnBoard training has grown substantially since it was introduced in 2019. Several learning experiences covering school finance, district budgets, and educational equity are available. And more topics are on the way. Being responsive to the needs of school directors has always been a high…

How school boards direct WSSDA’s advocacy

What do you get when you gather 1,477 school board directors from around Washington state? Answer: 1,477 different perspectives. So how does WSSDA go from 1477 viewpoints down to a single advocacy platform? It’s simple: democracy. Basically, it’s a year-round process with three phases:…

Want to present at Annual Conference?

Last year’s Annual Conference in Spokane offered more than 50 breakout sessions on topics important for school district leaders. Call for presenters! Ever attend a WSSDA Annual Conference and think, “Hey! I wish someone would present on this topic…”? Well, maybe that someone could…