Students at Conference

Students attending Annual Conference

Students are the reason you serve as an education leader, and we encourage you to bring them with you to conference. Student registration rates are low to encourage their attendance. There are a variety of opportunities for them to learn, teach and inspire.

Bring your student board representatives

Student voice is increasingly recognized as an important part of school governance, and sessions that include students as participants are among the highest-rated. Here are some of the ways you can include that student perspective:

  1. Encourage them to attend a pre-conference workshop, and go with them if possible. Board Boot Camp and The Power of Student Voice are two pre-cons that are perfect for student reps to learn more about the role of the board and how to have a meaningful role in bring student voice to the forefront.
  2. Include them in your breakout presentation to share their unique perspective as students and give them great experience as a presenter.
  3. Look through the breakout session options when available and pick out some to attend together. Then talk about what takeaways you both had afterwards.

Recommend student performers

One of the highlights of conference is the wide variety of talented students showcasing their passions. Student performances help us celebrate the value of the arts in our schools as well as the skills and potential of young people. Student groups and individual students have graced the Annual conference stage with vocal and instrumental music, spoken word poetry, dance, visual arts, performing arts and more.

If you have any suggestions for students to showcase at conference, please email Christine Najarro at c.najrro@wssda.org