Relevance, Clarity, and Representation—Why School Directors have April to Propose Revisions to WSSDA’s Platform

Once a year, all the boards of public school districts in the state can propose revisions to WSSDA’s advocacy platform. For 2022, the revision window will be open April 1-20. Revision occurs if a board submits a proposal in the spring, and WSSDA members…

Refining WSSDA’s Advocacy Platform: An Exercise in Spring Cleaning

April 1-20, school directors are invited to “spruce up” WSSDA’s legislative and permanent positions. Together, the positions form WSSDA’s advocacy platform. To keep the platform relevant and effective, all school board members are encouraged to first review WSSDA’s positions before recommending revisions or additions…

Legislature to honor Brian Sims with resolution

WSSDA was fortunate to be able to work closely with Brian Sims. He was a colleague, mentor, and friend to WSSDA staff and school directors. Sims’ contribution to WSSDA and public education was so great that he received the Hero in Education Award at…

New responsibilities bring new opportunities

Washington state’s 1,477 school directors oversee the education of more than 1.2 million K-12 students. That is a tremendous responsibility that all of us want to fulfill as best we can. To that end, the Washington School Board Standards identify multiple areas of focus…

WSSDA offering School Finance Workshops, Board Boot Camp and more Starting in February

In February and March, WSSDA is offering workshops in person on both sides of the state and virtually. Current offerings are listed below, but more information is available at wssda.org/bootcamp and wssda.org/onboard. Introduction to the Commitment to Educational EquityFebruary 43:30-6 p.m.Spokane in-personRegister Foundations of State FundingFebruary…

The Bittersweet Joy of Recognizing a Hero in Education

For only the fifth time in its 100-year history, WSSDA presented the Hero in Education Award at the 2021 Annual Conference. Leaving behind a towering legacy, WSSDA Strategic Advocacy Consultant Brian Sims received the honor shortly before passing away last month. Before the conference,…

Get the Winter Issue of WSSDA Direct

Hard copies will reach mailboxes in the coming days. Until then, here is the electronic version of our Fall Winter 2021 issue. To see past issues, visit wssda.org/direct.

Recognizing the 1,477—January is School Board Appreciation Month

For almost 30 years, school districts nationwide have marked January as School Board Recognition Month. The purpose is to honor the people elected by communities to lead their school districts. With the arrival of 2022, a good way to start the year on a…

Learn, grow, and prepare at the 2022 Legislative Conference

Registration is open for the 2022 WASA • WSSDA • WASBO Legislative Conference, taking place virtually on January 30, from 1-5 p.m. Legislative Conference is an opportunity for embers of these associations to hear updates on our shared legislative priorities, the current education budget…

Experienced School Directors: Apply Now For Leadership WSSDA

Through January 16, 2022, WSSDA is accepting applications for the next class of its Leadership WSSDA program. For the experienced board director For directors with at least two years of experience, this program is a great opportunity for taking your leadership to the next level. Over the…