Required Training

There are three types of training required by the Washington Legislature for school directors, but the Office of Native Education training is required for only 39 school boards. Read below to learn more. For questions about training, please contact WSSDA Leadership Development Coordinator Christine Najarro at

Educational Equity

In July 2021, Senate Bill 5044 became law, requiring cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion training for Washington state’s K-12 public school educators, district leaders, and school directors.

Open Government

Every school director must complete training on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), Public Records Act (PRA) and records retention within 90 days of taking the oath of office following appointment or election.

Courses are available through the Attorney General’s office and as a pre-conference workshop at the WSSDA Annual Conference in the fall.

Tribal Consultation

These trainings are produced and delivered by OSPI’s Office of Native Education. Starting September 1, 2024, school directors, superintendents, and any other staff at school districts that are required to perform tribal consultation under Title VI of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act must take and certify completion of tribal consultation training.