Pre-Conference: Wednesday, November 14
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
followed by a reception
Engage with experienced school law attorneys on "hot topic" legal issues that face public school districts across the state. Hear about recent developments, analysis and insight to help you recognize legal pitfalls and minimize the risk of costly litigation and investigations in your district. Network with other school directors and superintendents to share stories and ideas regarding best practices. The conference will include a general session, break-out sessions breakfast, and a reception. This is a can’t-miss learning opportunity tailored specifically to k-12 leaders.
FOUR, HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS OFFER THE FLEXIBILITY TO BROADEN YOUR TRAINING AND SET YOUR OWN SCHEDULE. YOU CAN SELECT JUST ONE WORKSHOP, OR ATTEND BOTH MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONS FOR A FULL DAY OF TRAINING.
Leading the Way as Board Chair
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Serving as a Board Chair is a great way to expand your leadership capacity! There are specific sets of knowledge and skill to best serve your colleagues and provide the leadership necessary for your board to enjoy continued success. Participants will be learning from experienced and effective board chairs from around our state. Also, WSSDA parliamentarian Mary Randolph will be sharing strategies that a board chair can use to increase the effectiveness of your board meetings.
Board Boot Camp I: The Essentials
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Are you a newly elected or appointed school board director? This workshop provides you the foundation of knowledge to succeed as a school director. This workshop is led by current and former school directors who will share with you their knowledge and experience during this half day session. Although, this workshop supports new directors, many of our experienced board directors who have attended share that they learned a great deal during this workshop.
Board Boot Camp II: Law, Finance and Advocacy
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Board Boot Camp II takes a deep dive into legal, financial and advocacy responsibilities of a school director. This workshop is not only for new directors, but also for those who have a year or more experience and want to revisit these topics. You will be hearing from school director leaders who are or have served on the WSSDA board, the State Board of Education and local school boards.
Student Safety and Well-Being
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop expands the scope of student safety to include multiple aspects of this topic. How can your school district provide a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment? How to assess and support the unique social, emotional and character needs of students and be responsive in order to build resiliency and reduce victimization? Hear from experts and from those who have experienced and responded to threats to school safety.
Open Government Training - free session for anyone who needs it
4:15 – 6:00 p.m.
The Open Public Meetings Act, Public Records Act and records retention are covered in this free session. This session fulfills the legislated requirement that all school directors must complete this training within 90 days of taking office, and again every four years. It is set at the end of the day when everyone who needs either a new or review credential may attend.
Presenter: Nancy Krier, Assistant Attorney General for Open Government, Washington State Office of the Attorney General