Building Skilled Leaders and Effective Boards

OnBoard is an interactive learning experience designed for both individual school directors and board-superintendent teams. As a comprehensive learning system, OnBoard’s aim is to help school directors provide visionary leadership and perform effective governance and strategic advocacy.

Released in Phases

WSSDA is building the OnBoard professional learning system in phases. With each phase, more interactive learning experiences in more topics will be come available. Below are the topics in which WSSDA has already begun offering training.

Training Topics

Commitment to Educational Equity

As a result of the passage of SB 5044 in the 2021 legislative session, school directors are required by law to receive training on the topics of equity, inclusion and cultural proficiency as they relate to education. WSSDA is required by that same law to develop and provide such training.

Educational equity is an outcome that is achieved when each and every student has what they need to develop their full academic and social potential. At the governance level, school directors have a significant influence on creating the conditions and holding the district accountable for educational equity through policies, budgeting and strategic goals and initiatives. Click the button below to learn more.

School Finances and Budgeting

Build your expertise with this training series on public education funding and budgeting in Washington state. The first three learning experiences are foundational while the fourth and fifth (Tackling Financial Soundness and Vision-Aligned Budgeting) expand upon the others. Each training session takes about three hours.


“I have been a part of several other virtual trainings where an hour seemed like three hours. This was the opposite, three hours seemed like one.”

“The combination of the training being interactive and having the opportunity to work with multiple people of different backgrounds and skill sets magnified the benefit of this curriculum.”

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