Leadership Development Specialist Position Available at WSSDA

WSSDA is looking for somebody passionate about fostering leadership and driving positive developments in public education. They need to thrive in a collaborative environment and relish the opportunity to use their skills to benefit our locally elected school boards. In fact, school board experience…

Prosser School District to Host In-Person Board Boot Camp February 24

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) will offer Board Boot Camp in Prosser on February 24. Board Boot Camp is foundational for any school board member. Participants will hear from trainers with extensive school board experience as they cover many of the basics…

WSSDA offers First Learning Experience of the Year for School Directors on Jan. 16

Register for Deciphering District Budgets, taking place virtually on January 16 from 5:30-8pm. For starters, school directors will get to know the structure and basic terminology used in the district budget, become familiar with the five funds used in district accounting, and learn about the system used…

Celebrating School Board Recognition Month: Honoring one of the Cornerstones of Public Education

As January unfolds, it brings a special occasion that deserves our recognition and gratitude—School Board Recognition Month. This dedicated month is an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of school boards and their members who play a crucial role in ensuring the health and vitality…

WSSDA Announces the 2023 School Boards of the Year

The Washington State School Directors’ Association has recognized the La Conner, Kelso, and Sumner-Bonney Lake School Boards as the 2023 Boards of the Year. Drawn from among 34 boards that were already recognized as Boards of Distinction, these three boards are specially recognized within…

Announcing the 2023 Boards of Distinction

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is proud to announce the distinguished winners of the 2023 WSSDA Boards of Distinction program. This prestigious recognition celebrates school boards across the state that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to student success. In this year’s…

Get the Fall Issue of WSSDA’s Quarterly Magazine

In this issue you’ll find a great story about one of last year’s Boards of the Year, North Thurston and their use of a Policy Governance approach; a fond farewell to WSSDA’s longest-serving staffer; insights about what a “balanced” school calendar is; and insights…

Districts Explore Balanced School Calendars to Improve Outcomes for Students

White Swan FFA

Across Washington, more than 45 school districts have studies or implementations underway for new balanced calendars that spread school breaks more evenly across the school year.  The primary aims of a balanced calendar are to reduce the number of consecutive days or weeks in…

Voting for SBE, ESD, and WSSDA elections runs October 1-16

Voting window for 2023

October 1 marks the opening of voting by school directors in elections for the boards of Educational Service Districts (ESDs), the State Board of Education (SBE), and the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). Elected positions on some WSSDA committees are also up for…

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…