WSSDA’s three branches, Policy & Legal Services, Strategic Advocacy, and Leadership Development provide valuable services, resources and supports to school boards across the state. While most are offered at no charge, a handful of services are fee-based in order to help WSSDA meet its operating expenses. Have a look below to see what WSSDA can do for you.
We answer questions, provide school law guidebooks and can refer you to legal professionals who are members of the Counsel of School Attorneys (COSA).
We offer three levels of service within policy review. You select the scope of work you’d like us to do.
Stay current with emerging policy issues through WSSDA’s flagship policy publication.
Reflecting state law and input from school districts, we offer selected model policies and procedures as a resource for all Washington school districts.
This service is for districts who would like to customize policy language beyond the WSSDA model language to address their own unique needs.
Actively engaged with stakeholders, we participate in rule making and monitor issues before the courts to represent the unique concerns of school boards.
Access WSSDA’s Model Policy Manual online 24/7. Each policy has hyperlinks to cross-referenced policies, legal references and management resources.
Each year, school directors work together in setting legislative positions and priorities. An assembly gives every school board the opportunity to engage in the democratic process that sets the course for WSSDA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of school districts large and small.
You have access to an online list of education-related bills to help you follow them as they move through the legislative process.
You’ll get help to set up regular meetings with key legislators and other important stakeholders.
When the Legislature is in session, school directors receive a weekly roundup of key legislative activity that includes resources for further examination of current issues.
Become familiar with the legislative process and gain the essential tools and information needed to effectively influence state and federal legislation.
After each legislative session, you will receive an analysis of accomplishments, additional work needed, and next steps for implementing new law.
Outside of contract training, our staff are freely available by phone, email, online meeting software or conference calls. Bring us your questions!
WSSDA provides proven evaluation instruments and processes to support boards in their responsibility to evaluate their superintendent and encourage professional growth.
These in-district workshops and retreats are especially helpful when new members join the board or the team is ready to reach a new level of effectiveness.
For school boards engaged in Policy Governance©, we offer assistance with fully realizing the potential of this model of governance
This online, research-based tool is the only instrument of its kind in the nation that supports continuous improvement for school boards.
Multiple levels of distinction are recognized among boards of varying district sizes that show evidence of applying the Washington School Board Standards.
“Boot camp” is designed to get new directors ready to fully participate as effective leaders and provide a refresher to experienced directors and superintendents.
Our resources can inform your district’s policy-making. We also convene or participate in meetings, conferences or events.
A professional learning system designed for school directors that provides interactive learning experiences to support effective board governance.
Offered every other year, this program will improve your expertise and leadership capacity, yielding positive impacts on your professional and personal lives.
Partnering with the Office of Native Education and the state’s Tribal Leadership Congress on Education, we share best practices and communications tools.
State and national headlines for the latest in K-12 education news, plus blog posts and research related to teaching and learning emailed to you daily.
More than a newsletter, the quarterly publication covers WSSDA news, topics for school boards, and ways to connect and engage with fellow directors.
Our school PR publication provides timely, ready-to-use new items and professional advice on how to engage the community, inform parents and motivate staff
We work with state partners to navigate policy issues, and ensure that trust land revenues are maximized to benefit school district construction needs.
Participants in NSBA’s FRN legislative program engage with WA state’s congressional delegation in D.C., by email or phone throughout the year.
Developed to comply with state laws, BuyBoard gives districts access to bulk discounts combined with the ease of online, web-based shopping.
We help you remain in compliance with state regulations by sending you information you’ll need to report to the commission.
Good news statewide gathered in one place. Stories about student success, classroom practices, professional learning, accolades for educators, and more.
A tiered, cloud-based solution that helps school boards save money, time and operate more effectively.
*A regular feature of Annual Conference, boot camp and other workshops are also offered regionally at different times.