Students at Conference
Call for Performances
Help celebrate the value of the arts in our schools by suggesting talented students for consideration as student performers at WSSDA’s Annual Conference. General sessions are attended by over 800 school directors and superintendents. During the sessions, our members enjoy experiencing what students from different districts are learning in the arts, by means of short student performances. This is typically through music or dance, but may be theater or poetry.
Individuals or groups are equally welcome, and we encourage diversity. For the 2017 conference in Bellevue, we will showcase students from the west side of the Cascades. Eastern Washington students will have another opportunity to participate at the Annual Conference in Spokane in 2018.
Please send your ideas or recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to identify and select student performers for the 2017 conference before the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Specifically for Student Representatives
We recommend that students attend sessions identified for new board directors to learn about school governance practices and the role of school boards. There are also two special opportunities for students:
- A student breakfast on Friday morning allows attending students to meet and coordinate their schedules.
- A reception just for students Saturday evening starts before and slightly overlaps the President’s Reception. Attendees from previous years enjoyed heavy appetizers while chatting with new friends and sharing their experiences from this event.
Students in Breakouts
Student voice is increasingly recognized as an important component of school governance. 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 Planning Committee would be happy to receive and review their proposal!
Student Innovation Challenge
Last year’s event was so well received that we are bringing it back! Teams of students selected by the challenge sponsor, the DLR Group, work to solve a real-world challenge on Friday, Nov. 17. They 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, and members of the winning team receive a scholarship. The students also present their solutions to conference attendees during a breakout session on Saturday. The solutions to homelessness presented by last year’s participants were so good that all three teams were honored.