Board Boot Camp

Being newly elected or appointed to the school board is both exciting and daunting. School directors have many responsibilities, and the first couple of years of board service can bring a steep learning curve. Board Boot Camp is a great place to start.


Board Boot Camp is offered at the WSSDA Annual Conference every November and regionally throughout the year.

You’ll hear from trainers with school board experience as they cover the basics of board service and answer questions. You’ll also connect with new board members from around the state while exploring scenarios you’re likely to encounter as a school director. The superintendent panel “What your superintendent would love to tell you… but probably won’t” is a favorite of many attendees. Superintendents and veteran school directors are encouraged to attend with their new board members for the best experience.


Learn at your own pace with WSSDA’s virtual Board Boot Camp. The six-part course curriculum includes:

  • Part 1: Welcome to Virtual Board Boot Camp
  • Part 2: School Board Governance & the Governance Team
  • Part 3: Roles & Responsibilities
  • Part 4: Educational Equity and Working with Data
  • Part 5: Open Public Meetings and Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  • Part 6: Superintendent Panel