Students at Conference
The WSSDA Annual Conference has many opportunities for student involvement. Here are a few:
Recommended for Students
We recommend that students attend sessions identified for new board directors in order to learn about school governance practices and the role of school boards. Below are examples of sessions from last year's conference.
Opening Keynote speaker Marc Prensky conducted a breakout session with a panel of student leaders.
A student breakfast was held Thursday morning to allow attending students to meet and coordinate their schedules.
A student reception to meet with WSSDA's Executive Director, Tim Garchow. Appetizers and beverages provided.
Seeking Student Performers!
To help celebrate the value of the arts in our schools, Annual Conference regularly features student performers. The students perform for the entire membership during general sessions. Look for a "call for student performers" in the spring when we review individuals or groups from across the state to perform for these sessions.
Student performances at the 2019 conference:
Opening General Session, Nov. 22
- National Anthem:
Jack Buzzard, recently graduated from Centralia School District, playing the anthem on electric guitar
- Student performance: TBD
- General Session Luncheon, Nov. 23: TBD
Performances may be 8-10 minutes long. Groups of 15 or fewer students preferred. Please submit your ideas by May 22 (ideally with a video and contact information) to Connie Lauderdale
Students in Breakouts
Student voice is increasingly recognized as an important part of school governance, and sessions that include students as participants are among the highest rated. WSSDA encourages presenters to incorporate student voice—or better yet, the students themselves—in their breakout sessions. And if students would like to lead a presentation, the Annual Conference Planning Committee would be happy to receive a presentation proposal!
Student Innovation Challenge
For several years running, the DLR Group has brought a team of students to the conference to participate in an innovation challenge to solve a real-world challenge in one day.
Previous challenges have revolved around homelessness (2016) and the distribution of aid funding for a local issue (2017). The students use everything at their disposal as resources: exhibitors, conference attendees who stop by their work area, adult mentors, and the internet.
At the end of the day, the students present their solutions to the challenge sponsors. Members of the winning team receive a scholarship. The students also present their solutions to conference attendees during a breakout session the following day.