Pre-Conference Workshops

WSSDA’s annual conference kicks off on Thursday, November 18, with three powerful PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS – In-person attendance only

The Power of Student Voice

November 18, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
What does “authentic student engagement” really mean? Inspiring keynote speakers Erin Jones and James Layman will lead this lively, honest and insightful session featuring students at the center. You’ll learn strategies to ensure your board is hearing a multitude of voices and perspectives, not just those that are easiest to access. Panels of school board members and student board representatives will share why you should have student reps on your board, how to provide space for them to meaningfully engage, and how to shift to student-driven decision making. At the end of this session, you’ll leave with best practices and tools, plus plenty of inspiration to hear from your own students. 

Board Boot Camp

November 18, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Being a school director has never been more challenging and important. It can also feel both exciting and daunting if you are newly elected or appointed to the school board. 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.

Law Conference

November 18, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Engage with experienced school law attorneys on the pressing legal issues facing public school districts in the 2021-2022 school year. Learn about today’s legal landscape, including newly developing concerns and issues on the horizon. Speakers will help you identify pitfalls and minimize the risk of investigations and costly litigation in your district. The content of Law Conference changes according to the hot topics that emerge each year. This is a can’t-miss learning opportunity tailored specifically to K-12 leaders.

Open Government Training

November 18, 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Open Government Training covers the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Public Records Act (PRA) and is facilitated by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. School directors are required to take this free training within 90 days of being sworn into office and every four years thereafter. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Those attending the conference virtually or anyone who prefers to access this training online can do so here through the Washington State Office of the Attorney General’s website: Open Government Training | Washington State

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.

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