The Handbook for WSSDA’s 2022 General Assembly is Online

The handbook for WSSDA’s 2022 General Assembly is now available!

The handbook shows everything that is currently slated to be up for a vote at the virtual assembly on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. After Aug 19, there will be a second, final version of the handbook because that will follow closure of the amendment window, which is explained within the handbook.

Also available: Voting Credentials

In a separate email, board chairs/presidents will receive a link to go “pick up” their board’s voting credentials for the assembly.

All school directors can freely attend the virtual assembly, but only one person per board can be logged in for the purpose of casting a vote or addressing the assembly on behalf of their board. Learn more at WSSDA’s Voting and Addressing the Assembly page.

For more information about General Assembly visit wssda.org/GA.

Save the date – General Assembly: September 30 – Oct 1

As the school year ends and you transition to summer schedules, please remember to save the date for General Assembly.

As one of WSSDA’s biggest and most important events for school boards, participation at General Assembly is your opportunity to provide direct input to shape the association’s advocacy efforts as we prepare for the next school year and the 2023 legislative session.

Advocating on behalf of school board members, WSSDA has nurtured communication and relationships to get your positions and priorities in front of state leadership.

Registration open for the WSSDA Annual Conference!

2022 annual conference logo

School directors, superintendents, and other educators are invited to register for one of the most significant events in the state focused on public education. WSSDA’s 2022 Annual Conference will be at the Spokane Convention Center from November 17-19, featuring specialized training sessions, accomplished keynote speakers, and plenty of opportunities for school leaders to connect.

The exchange of ideas and information at WSSDA’s biggest event of the year will inform and support school leaders’ decision-making, equip them for advocacy, and much more. For newer board members, the event offers introductory training to ground them in their role, plus required learning to preserve an open government. See the agenda for more information.

Some 2021 attendees had this to say about the conference:

Keep up the conversation!

“I appreciated how this year’s keynotes and several of the presentations picked up where last year’s left off. Particularly around the areas of equity and diversity.”

Gain confidence!

“As someone so new that I have not been sworn in yet, I especially appreciated the breakout sessions. I learned so much from them. […] Your work and answers filled me with confidence that WSSDA is the place to go for insight and education.”

Stay networked!

“[…] There just isn’t any way to replicate the personal connections with other superintendents or board members.”

Registration for some trainings are limited to first-come, first-served, and hotel block rates are available only by registering.

Changes Coming to Open Public Meetings on June 1

Governor Inslee terminated and rescinded Proclamation 20-28.14, with the termination effective 12:01 AM on June 1, 2022. When the termination takes effect, the laws governing Washington’s open public meetings won’t simply revert to their pre-pandemic version. Instead, there will be a few changes based on the passage of House Bill (HB) 1329. Although HB 1329 revises the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), none of the changes are expected to be difficult for school districts to implement.

To assist school boards with responding to the actions of the governor and Legislature, the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) has published more information about the changes, plus answers to frequently asked questions. To learn more, visit WSSDA’s OPMA Updates webpage.

Advocacy Happens Year-Round: Join our Advocacy Insights Discussion

Are you a school board member who hopes to be more effective in advocating for your district’s needs? Do you wish you had stronger relationships with your school board colleagues across the state? Would you like to know how WSSDA’s advocacy can complement and strengthen your own? 

Get answers to all those questions and more by joining WSSDA’s strategic advocacy team, Marissa Rathbone and Logan Endres, for a virtual discussion called Advocacy Insights. These online discussions are designed to help school boards, especially their legislative representatives, to engage with their fellow school directors in preparation for the upcoming legislative session. All school board members are welcome to attend. 

Starting on May 17th, we’re planning to meet monthly on the following schedule:

  • May 17 – Incorporating WSSDA’s Positions into your Interim Advocacy
  • June 14 – Key Topics for Interim Advocacy 
  • Aug 9 – Tips for Engaging with Your Legislators
  • Sept 13 – Unpacking the General Assembly Handbook
  • Sept 27 – Know Before You Go to General Assembly
  • Oct 11 – Updates to WSSDA’s Positions and Priorities
  • Nov 8 – Elevating WSSDA Priorities with the Legislature
  • Dec 13 – Preparing for the 2023 Legislative Session

Sign up to receive your Zoom link and join the discussion. For questions, email strategicadvocacy@wssda.org.