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Keynote Recordings

Link to the 2019 Annual Conference Keynote Recordings

These are the keynotes from the 2019 WSSDA Annual Conference held November 21-24. Day 1 Keynote: John Norlin Day 2 Keynote: Erin Jones Day 3 Keynote: Robert Hand

WSSDA Trust Lands Advisory Committee continues to make an impact

This week, the Washington State Board of Natural Resources (BNR) adopted two major strategies that affect the K-12 common school trust and specific districts with forest board lands within their borders. Leading up to BNR’s strategy adoption, WSSDA’s government relations team and Trust Lands Advisory Committee (TLAC) worked…

Big changes for the WSSDA website

Upgrading the technology behind WSSDA’s website had long been on the to-do list. But, in early November, it became clear that it couldn’t wait until January. The content management system and subscriber database were growing increasingly unstable, so an urgent upgrade was made to…

Results from Director Area Election Meetings at the 2019 Annual Conference

This morning, every WSSDA director area held an election meeting at the 2019 Annual Conference. At these meetings, school directors selected from among their peers to fill open positions on select WSSDA committees and the WSSDA board. Here are the results: WSSDA Board of…

WSSDA announces 2019 Boards of the Year

award plaques

At WSSDA’s 2019 Annual Conference, Mabton, Riverside, and Clover Park School Districts have been named Boards of the Year in the categories of small, medium, and large school districts, respectively. Picked from among 34 Boards of Distinction, these boards were particularly successful at showing…

2019 Boards of Distinction announced

Boards of Distinction - Eatonville

For the fifth year in a row, applications have increased to the Boards of Distinction program organized by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). This year, 37 school boards applied compared to 34 last year. “Awarded or not, for a board to go…

Crafting a legacy

The WSSDA Board of Directors has spent the last six months working on an equity statement to guide WSSDA’s work. In February the WSSDA Board unanimously approved the following statement: “Equity is foundational to the work of WSSDA. Educational equity can only exist when…

The power to change ourselves: WSSDA Board of Directors equity retreat

“I used to think I had the power to change the world… and now I think that I have the power to change myself.” Powerful. Eye-opening. Moving. Hard. Emotional. Encouraging. These are a few of the words WSSDA’s Board of Directors used to describe their…