Free School Board Candidate Workshops in June

By the May 19 deadline, over 1300 people filed to run for a position on their local school board. Of those, the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) was able to contact 911 of them by email to invite them to a free candidate workshop. (See the invitation message.)

The free virtual workshops give candidates a closer look at what school boards do and explore the attributes of effective board members that have been identified through ongoing research. WSSDA is holding the workshops on June 14, 20, 22, 28, and 29. The workshops will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of school directors
  • The importance of the board-superintendent team
  • Meetings and the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA)
  • Live Q&A

In addition to candidates, current school directors and superintendents are also invited to attend.

Research and Support for School Boards

In addition to candidate workshops, WSSDA provides many other tools to help school directors promote student success through effective governance. Three tools that complement each other are:

Those tools were developed using ongoing research on the connection between school boards and the performance of school districts and their students. 

Learn more about serving on your local school board and what makes a great school board member.