Annual Conference

Offered in-person and virtually

This year, the conference will be offered as a hybrid – both in-person at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue or virtually from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere. In-person attendance is limited to 800 to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. Currently, that limit has been reached and in-person registration is paused until circumstances allow us to offer that option again.

In-person health and safety protocols

If you plan to attend conference in-person please take a few minutes to review the Health and Safety Protocols webpage. Reviewing the protocols before arriving at the conference will ensure a smooth check-in experience on the day of the event.

If you prefer not to follow the listed protocols, WSSDA welcomes you to attend the conference virtually, which will be live-streamed and allow interaction among virtual attendees.

You can also switch your in-person registration to virtual one by contacting the WSSDA registrar by October 15, 2021.

The value of this event

WSSDA’s annual conference is the premier annual event for school directors, student board representatives, and superintendents. As the largest gathering of education policymakers in the state, it creates a unique opportunity for school directors to spend several days learning from peers and other educational experts, and for board-superintendent teams to strengthen their own connections.

Conference theme: Transformation

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”

Ben Okri, Nigerian Poet & Novelist

As Ben Okri points out, we all have great potential. Annual Conference is your chance to connect with fellow board members and help each other realize that potential.

The theme for this year’s event is “Transform.” On a personal and systems level, the ability to transform is an essential ingredient for innovation and resilience. We all saw that as districts scrambled to reinvent their services while grappling with the pandemic.

But now, let’s have a little transformation on our own terms. Let’s use this moment to transform our education system into one that serves every student to reach their full potential. Let’s build on lessons learned in the past year and look ahead as we rejuvenate ourselves, our practices, and the systems we create.

Future Conference Dates

  • Nov. 16-19, 2022 (Wed.-Sat.) Spokane Convention Center and Davenport Grand
  • Nov. 16-19, 2023 (Thurs.-Sun.) Hyatt Regency Bellevue