Commitment, empowerment, board development, and more in the latest issue of WSSDA Direct

The feature story of this issue showcases the Sumner-Bonney Lake School Board and district staff’s strong dedication to the promise they made to every student. You’ll also learn how your board can maximize its productivity during the summer break. Read about this in the…

Register for the 2024 WSSDA Annual Conference

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Registration is officially open for the 2024 WSSDA Annual Conference happening in Spokane Nov. 21-23. The theme of WSSDA’s 2024 annual conference, “Perspective,” invites us to embark on a profound exploration of the many lenses through which we perceive the world. In the realm of…

Exciting Opportunity: WSSDA Accepting Applications for Executive Director 

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The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is seeking a transparent and collaborative leader as its next executive director. The ideal candidate will challenge the status quo, bridge divisions, and unify the efforts of school boards statewide while continuously developing an appreciation of what…

Deadline Extended: Call for Presenters at the 2024 WSSDA Annual Conference

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The submission deadline for proposals has been extended to the close of business on June 3, 2024. School directors, board-superintendent teams, student leaders, educators, and subject-matter experts are all invited to submit breakout session proposals to share their experiences and voices with conference attendees….

WSSDA Seeks a Director of Policy and Legal Services

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The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is looking for a new director of policy and legal services. After 7 years of service, the current director, Abigail Westbrook, has taken a position with the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District effective June 3, 2024.  Recruitment Timeline…

Take the Survey about WSSDA’s Future Executive Director

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The board of directors of the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) is collecting ideas about what to look for in candidates seeking to become the next executive director of WSSDA. Through the end of April, this survey is open for school directors and…

Perspective—WSSDA’s 2024 Conference Theme

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The theme of WSSDA’s 2024 annual conference, “Perspective,” invites us to embark on a profound exploration of the many lenses through which we perceive the world. In the realm of education, where our communities (and our boards) encompass a wide array of voices, navigating…

WSSDA Begins Search for New Executive Director

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The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) has begun looking for a successor to Tim Garchow, who will resign from the executive director position on June 30, 2024. Garchow has accepted a role with the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) as their new assistant executive…

Improving the school finance system in Washington state: Why, when, and how?

Written by David S. Knight, an associate professor of education finance and policy at the University of Washington. This article appeared in the Winter 2023 issue of WSSDA Direct. Visit wssda.org/direct to see all the latest issues of WSSDA’s newsmagazine. Our state’s K-12 school system provides excellent…

To Protect its Youth, a City Transforms Virtually Overnight

During the summer, most schools across the country stand silent at night while their students are on break. But in Tacoma Public Schools, when the sun went down, its schools became the favorite hangout spot of kids across the city. Last summer, every weeknight…