Over the past 16 years, more than 200 school directors have spent a year exploring their leadership capacity with a small group of colleagues from around the state through the Leadership WSSDA program.
Leadership WSSDA is designed to let experienced school directors deeply explore educational and personal leadership. The program also provides highly engaging, place-based learning that connects participants with state and local leaders. Leadership WSSDA graduates have gone on to become state leaders themselves, serving on WSSDA committees, the WSSDA board as officers, and even in the state legislature.
Beginning in January, this biennial program will take place over five two-day learning experiences throughout 2022. Each session will focus on a specific topic and typically include dedicated time with the state superintendent of public instruction, legislators, education experts, and other state leaders. Sessions will be held in different locations around the state to facilitate access to guest speakers and allow participants to explore innovative programs and unique solutions.
This program is designed for school directors with at least two years of school board experience. Newer board members are encouraged to participate in Board Boot Camp and OnBoard professional development opportunities.
Graduates of Leadership WSSDA regularly cite the relationships they develop within the close-knit cohort as one of the most appreciated aspects of the program. The application window for 2022 opens in December.