Pre-Conference Workshops

WSSDA’s annual conference kicks off on Wednesday, November 18 with three powerful PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS.

Law Conference

November 18 – 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Engage with experienced school law attorneys on the pressing legal issues facing public school districts as they work to reopen schools in the midst of pandemic and societal unrest. Learn about the developments, analysis, and insights informing the legal landscape of public education today. Speakers will help you identify pitfalls and minimize the risk of investigations and costly litigation in your district. This is a can’t-miss learning opportunity tailored specifically to K-12 leaders.

Board Boot Camp

November 18 – 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Being newly elected or appointed to the school board is both exciting and daunting. School directors have many responsibilities, and the first couple years of board service can bring a steep learning curve. Board Boot Camp is a great place to start. Hear from experienced school directors as they cover the basics of board service and answer questions. You’ll also connect with new board members from around the state. Superintendents and veteran school directors are encouraged to attend with their new board members for the best experience.

Leading for Equity

November 18 – 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Talking about equity is important, but actualizing it requires leading for it. School boards set a tone (and example) with an impact that ripples beyond school buildings to every corner of the community. Therefore, promoting and modeling diversity, equity and inclusion throughout a school district starts with school directors at the governance level. In this session, you’ll learn why having an equity policy is important from board members who have adopted one and understand the processes they used to create it. Understand how to attract, support and empower existing and future board members of color. Leave with samples of equity policies, as well as the tools, knowledge, and desire to bring them to your own districts.