ON RACIAL INJUSTICE: A Letter From WSSDA’s President and Executive Director

This letter was emailed today to WSSDA members and school district superintendents. While the letter is not addressed to the general public, its statement and calls to action are intended for all to consider: Dear School Directors and School District Superintendents, Working together, we…

WSSDA Equity Statement

A seed was planted last February of 2019 when the WSSDA board created a statement on educational equity. A few months later, that seed took root. At the 2019 WSSDA Annual Conference, WSSDA held its annual delegate assembly to review permanent positions. By a…

Enjoy the best of both worlds at WSSDA’s 2020 Annual Conference

WSSDA’s annual conference has been reimagined and relaunched for 2020. For the first time, you can attend the conference in person, remotely or both. Experience more opportunities than ever to connect, learn, share, imagine and be inspired by keynote speakers, breakout sessions and talented…

New Model Resolutions

WSSDA has created three new model resolutions to help school boards respond to circumstances due to COVID-19. Districts will need only one of the three new model resolutions because each is for a different scenario. Related, please note: OSPI’s Days & Hours Waivers and Reporting Requirements: FAQ  Special Rules for…

Deadline extended to submit WSSDA position proposals

The coronavirus has interrupted many parts of our lives, including finding time to complete even the slightest task. Knowing this, WSSDA has extended the window for submitting position proposals to May 20th. Stronger advocacy WSSDA currently has 102 permanent and 106 legislative positions. The…

Apply by May 26 to become a WSSDA board officer candidate

Today through May 26, 2020, school directors may apply to become a candidate for WSSDA board president-elect and vice president. For next year’s board, the president-elect candidates can come from either side of the state, while candidates for vice president must be from the…

NSBA gains a WSSDA past president

Marnie Maraldo (above center), a current member of the Issaquah school board and past president of WSSDA, has been elected to the board of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). One of three school directors representing the pacific region, Director Maraldo’s presence will allow…

COVID-19 Graduation Toolkit

See the new model polices here.

WSSDA creates Graduation Policy Toolkit

Graduates of the Washington Youth Academy

WSSDA has produced several new model policies to support school boards in responding to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19. Those policies, plus joint guidance created in partnership with the State Board of Education (SBE), are available on this graduation toolkit page. The toolkit…

Call for Presenters

WSSDA is now accepting breakout session presentation proposals for the 2020 WSSDA Annual Conference through 5 p.m. on May 29. While proposals are welcomed from educational organizations and others, presentation proposals by school directors are greatly encouraged, and given priority in the selection process….