Changes Coming to Open Public Meetings on June 1

Governor Inslee terminated and rescinded Proclamation 20-28.14, with the termination effective 12:01 AM on June 1, 2022. When the termination takes effect, the laws governing Washington’s open public meetings won’t simply revert to their pre-pandemic version. Instead, there will be a few changes based…

Advocacy Happens Year-Round: Join our Advocacy Insights Discussion

Are you a school board member who hopes to be more effective in advocating for your district’s needs? Do you wish you had stronger relationships with your school board colleagues across the state? Would you like to know how WSSDA’s advocacy can complement and…

Call for Student Performers

WSSDA is looking for student singers, dancers, poets, or other types of performers to share their skills during the 2022 WSSDA Annual Conference in Spokane on November 18-19. One of the highlights of the conference is the wide variety of talented students showcasing their…

Become a presenter at the 2022 WSSDA Annual Conference

WSSDA is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2022 Annual Conference. Could you be a presenter? About you: You’re mindful, aware, and willing to share strategies that support district or school board leadership and student success. Your mind seeks discussion and shared solutions…

WSSDA Platform Revision Window Open through April 20

April 1-20 is every school board’s opportunity to propose a revision, retirement, or addition to WSSDA’s platform of 239 positions. School boards will vote on whether or not to adopt proposals at WSSDA’s annual general assembly in the fall. What’s needed? Substantive revisions or…

Elevating Student Voice In K-12 Education Governance

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WSSDA’s student representative network is the statewide hub for Washington youth serving as student board representatives on their local school board. Since its inception last fall, the network has been meeting every two weeks. The students have focused on building connections with each other, learning about…

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…