Leadership WSSDA has long been an effective training ground for experienced school directors to hone their skills and expand their knowledge. Many participants use the experience to springboard into leadership roles on their own board, on WSSDA committees or even the WSSDA Board! Seven current WSSDA board members are graduates of Leadership WSSDA, including President-Elect Brenda Rogers.
Some alumni of the program go even further than the WSSDA board. Former school director Chad Magendanz went on to serve two terms in the Washington House of Representatives while the two most recent Leadership WSSDA cohorts saw Claire Wilson and Lisa Callan win election to Washington’s Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.
The focus of Leadership WSSDA is on how leadership is strengthened through influence, innovation, equity, a spirit of service and dedication to life-long learning. Graduates have consistently made statements like “I greatly appreciated being confronted about who I am, where I am, and where I plan on going; it’s been excellent growth for me.”
Another frequent comment by participants is how much they appreciate working with a small and very dedicated cohort. “I was able to gain insight, be vulnerable and learn with a bunch of dedicated, smart people.”
Leadership WSSDA only takes place every other year. Is this your year to join the adventure? Registration closes January 23, so visit wssda.org/LeadershipWSSDA to apply now. The first class will convene in early February.
This article originally appeared in the winter issue of WSSDA Direct.