Legislative Conference

February 26-27, 2023

On February 26, the WASA • WSSDA • WASBO Legislative Conference is your opportunity to hear updates on our shared legislative priorities, the current education budget and policy landscape, and how to effectively advocate for our collective needs.

Then, on February 27, we’ll take what we learned at the conference and apply it in pre-arranged meetings with legislators and their staff in Olympia. That day is referred to as Day on the Hill. Participants should RSVP for those meetings by February 22. We encourage you to join your colleagues for these important events!


Hotel: Olympia Hotel at Capital Lake
Conference: South Puget Sound Community College

Schedule Highlights

As shown below, there are meetings scheduled before and after the conference, followed by a reception.

February 26, 2023
1:00 – 5:00: Legislative Conference

  • Keynote Shankar Vedantam  
  • Advocacy Efforts: Our association presidents 
  • Governor Jay Inslee (recorded) 
  • State Superintendent Chris Reykdal 
  • Student Voice and Their Advocacy Efforts 
  • Legislative Priorities  
  • Legislator Interviews (recorded) 
  • Hot Topics

5:00 – 6:00: Meetings by Region
6:15: Reception

February 27, 2023
Day on the Hill occur throughout the day.

Special Guest

Shankar Vedantam
Host, Hidden Brain Podcast

Returning in 2023 to explore deeper learning, Shankar Vedantam will offer unique insights into how our unconscious biases―what he calls the “hidden brain”―affect the decisions we make as individuals, groups, and organizations. He bases these insights on scientific studies and empirical research, not on lay theories about the subconscious mind. Shankar will apply his research and stories as it applies to advocating with our Washington State legislators. 

OPMA & Legislative Conference

If a majority of your board is attending Legislative Conference, please view these considerations to ensure you are not in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).