Annual Conference

Annual Conference

WSSDA’s annual conference is the premier annual event for school directors, student board representatives, and superintendents. As the largest gathering of education policymakers in the state, it creates a unique opportunity for school directors to spend a few days learning from peers and other educational experts, and for board-superintendent teams to strengthen their own connections. The location of WSSDA’s conference alternates between the eastern and western sides of the state annually.

Focus: the theme for 2023

The title of the movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once” may be an apt description of the focus demanded of school boards, students, and education leaders over the past few years. It all seemed urgent, important, impossible, exhausting, overwhelming, fraught… and staying focused on just one thing was impossible. It’s time now to allow yourself to take a breath and find your focus.

Focus allows a camera lens to replace a lack of clarity with a clear view. A fuzzy picture becomes sharp. Focusing on a goal brings purpose to your actions and leads to accomplishment. Focus on listening and you’ll hear things you didn’t when you were talking. Kneel down to focus on a child and see who they are. 

WSSDA invites you to spend a few days focused on what is most important to you as a school board member. Use your time to listen to what others in your region or across the state are focused on. Learn from the dozens of speakers and presenters – national experts and your fellow board members alike – to focus your attention, time, and resources on what you know is important. 

Future Conference Dates

  • Nov. 16-18, 2023 (Thursday–Saturday)
    Hyatt Regency Bellevue
  • Nov. 21-23, 2024 (Thursday–Saturday)
    Spokane Convention Center and Davenport Grand