General Assembly

General Assembly is one of the most important school board events of the year. By voting on legislative and permanent positions, the assembly is where school directors update WSSDA’s advocacy platform. Once all voting is finished, and positions adopted, the platform that results will guide all of WSSDA’s advocacy efforts until the next assembly.

September 22-23, 2023

The 2023 assembly will be a hybrid event with virtual doors open from 8:30 a.m. and business commencing promptly at 9 a.m. Delegates are encouraged to log in early to ensure their technology is working.

Need Help?

Email with your name and phone number. WSSDA staff are actively monitoring that inbox throughout the event and will call you to assist.

Participation Guides


You need to register in advance if you are:

  • a school board-appointed delegate (virtual or in person) or
  • planning to attend in-person
In-person Location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Spokane City Center
322 N Spokane Falls Ct, Spokane, WA 99201

Two ways to get your room:

  1. Group code is GAW
  2. Give the group code and the reservationist should be able to find the block without any issue. 
  3. WSSDA’s block of rooms is named 2023 General Assembly-WSSDA
Virtual Location:

Who Should Come?

All school boards are strongly encouraged to participate. District staff and student board representatives are also welcome, but only school directors may address the assembly and vote per WSSDA policy 1290 and procedure 1290P.

One Board, One Vote

Each school board in the state can appoint one of its members to cast a vote on behalf of their school board. While some boards may select their “leg rep” or board chair, the ability to vote can go to anyone on a board and even transfer to another board member during the event to ensure that board’s ability to continue participating in the assembly. So, while the entire board may participate, only one member may cast a vote on any given proposal.

Platform Revision Timeline for 2023

  • January – April
    School boards regularly discuss WSSDA positions and consider proposing a revision to WSSDA’s advocacy platform when the window opens in April.
  • March – April
    School boards take action at a board meeting to finalize and approve any proposal they intend to submit.
  • March 27
    Webinar offered to discuss the platform revision process. (5-6 pm)
  • April 17
    Window opens for WSSDA platform revision proposals.
  • May 12
    Window closes for WSSDA platform revision proposals.
  • May 13 – 18
    Staff organize and forward proposals to appropriate committee.
  • May – June
    Legislative and Resolutions Committees review proposals.
  • June – August
    Staff builds the General Assembly handbook to display all proposals.
  • August 15
    Handbook released.
  • Early September
    Emergency Proposal Window.
  • September 22 – 23
    General Assembly, where boards vote on proposals to revise WSSDA’s platform.
  • September 26 – October 16
    Boards review revised platform and prioritize WSSDA positions.
  • November 3
    Legislative priorities announced.
  • November 3 – January 10
    Share priorities with legislators.
  • January 10, 2024
    First day of legislative session. Incorporate WSSDA positions and priorities into your advocacy.


Get the 2023 Handbook

8/29 Leg Rep Webinar

Handouts from the Webinar:

About the Assembly

Jump to sections in the video to hear school directors answer:

0:04 – Why is it important to attend the WSSDA General Assembly?

2:06 – Why is it important for small school districts to attend General Assembly?

4:47 – How do you prepare for General Assembly?

6:53 – What is your advice for first-time attendees?

8:44 – What is your favorite thing about General Assembly?

Other Resources