UPDATED: Talking about Equity with a Divided Community—a WSSDA-WASA Webinar


School directors are invited to join WASA members on June 23 and June 28 for a timely, free webinar that will explore how to communicate effectively about equity with a divided community.

Community conversations can be difficult to navigate when there is division, especially on topics that elicit emotional reactions. Many districts are facing questions about how educational equity initiatives are being implemented. Our webinar is interned to help with addressing those questions.

Event Times

  • June 23, 12-1 p.m.
  • June 23, 5-6 p.m.
  • June 28, 5-6 p.m.

In this webinar:

  • WSSDA will share information about the implementation of SB 5044, which includes training being developed by WSSDA for school directors around their role in educational equity.
  • You will get a set of practical resources and talking points that can be immediately used in school district communities for questions regarding critical race theory.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input that will inform WSSDA and WASA efforts to meet your needs and support your work around these topics.

OPMA Note: To ensure compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, please ensure that no more than two board members (three for Seattle Public Schools) is present during the same webinar. The webinars will not be recorded, but may be repeated if demand warrants.


Panelists will include:

  • Tim Garchow
    Executive Director, WSSDA
  • Tricia Lubach
    Director, Leadership Development, WSSDA
  • Abigail Westbrook
    Director, Policy and Legal Services, WSSDA
  • Joel Aune
    Executive Director, WASA
  • Mike Nelson
    Assistant Executive Director of Professional Learning, WASA
  • Jocelyn McCabe
    Owner, Jocelyn McCabe Public Relations
  • J.Marie Riche
    Principal Consultant, Ideal Communications


Registration is free. When you register, you’ll need to select which session you wish to attend to complete the registration process. More information about registration will be emailed to school board members later today.


Contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org for registration assistance.

Contact Tricia Lubach at t.lubach@wssda.org with webinar questions.