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 2018 conference in Spokane, we will show case students from the east side of the Cascades. Western Washington students will have another opportunity to participate at the Annual Conference in Bellevue in 2019.
Three general sessions feature student entertainment, and the opening session has a special need for the soloist or group to start off the conference with the Star Spangled Banner. Performance times are limited to 10-15 minutes, which may include a brief explanation of the program and/or its benefit to the students.
Please send your ideas or recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31. Our goal is to identify and select student performers for the 2018 conference before the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Specifically for Students
We recommend that students attend sessions identified for new board directors to learn about school governance practices and the role of school boards. Below are special opportunities for students:
Opening Keynote speaker Marc Prensky will deliver a breakout session specifically for students.
A student breakfast on Thursday morning allows attending students to meet and coordinate their schedules.
A reception just for students Friday evening provides heavy appetizers as background to a time for them to chat with new friends and share their experiences from this event.
Students in Breakouts
Student voice is increasingly recognized as an important component of school governance, and 2017 sessions that included students as participants were among the highest rated. WSSDA strongly 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
For the third year running, the DLR Group will bring team of students to the conference. The students work in a well-trafficked area to solve a real-world challenge in one day. Previous challenges have revolved around homelessness (2016) and distribution of aid funding for a local issue (2017). 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 the following day.