Legislative Conference

Legislative Conference

January 30, 2022 | 1-5 p.m. | Webinar

The 2022 Legislative Session is the second year of the 67th Biennial Legislature. Known as the “short” session (limited to 60 days), the action will be fast and furious. Even though this is considered a “non-budget” session, fiscal issues will be a major topic, especially for K–12 education—with ongoing enrollment declines, staffing shortages, and other pandemic-related complications. Of course, policy issues will also be plentiful, even though educators’ plates are already overflowing. 

With continuing budget concerns and an urgent need to put a “pause on policy,” it will be essential for education leaders to actively participate in the legislative process to ensure our needs are not forgotten. Additionally, it will be critical, perhaps more than ever before, for education leaders to speak with one voice.

The WASA • WSSDA • WASBO Legislative Conference is your opportunity to hear updates on our shared legislative priorities, the current education budget and policy landscape, and how to effectively advocate for our collective needs. We encourage you to join your colleagues for this important event!

Keynote Speaker

Shankar Vedantam–Host, Hidden Brain Podcast

Shankar Vedantam offers unique insights into how our unconscious biases―what he calls the “hidden brain”―affect the decisions we make as individuals, groups, and organizations. He bases these insights on scientific studies and empirical research, not on lay theories about the subconscious mind.  Shankar will apply his research and stories as it applies to advocating with our Washington State legislators.

Conference Program

The full conference program will be delivered via Zoom on Sunday, January 30. Program highlights include:

  • Keynote Shankar Vedantam
  • Advocacy Efforts: Our association presidents
  • Governor Jay Inslee (recorded)
  • State Superintendent Chris Reykdal
  • Student Voice and Their Advocacy Efforts
  • Current Priority (TBD as session nears)
  • Legislator Interviews (recorded)
  • Hot Topics

The full schedule will be posted as the conference nears and session is underway.

Regional Planning Meetings

January 18-22

Regional planning meetings will occur before the conference and will be organized by legislative district. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the conference’s “hot topics” and coordinate logistics for meetings with legislators. 

To find your specific meeting date and register, see our Regional Planning Meeting webpage.

If you have any question, please contact WSSDA at onthehill@wssda.org.

Week on the Hill

January 31-February 4, 2022

Our Week on the Hill meetings with legislators will be held via Zoom. Visit this page to see the meeting schedule and sign up.

If you have any question, please contact WSSDA at onthehill@wssda.org.

Register for Legislative Conference

Registration is $195 per person.

Please contact Lisa Gehman with registration questions. 

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Need more information?

Visit WASA’s 2022 Legislative Conference website for more information on:

  • Login information
  • Zoom access
  • Clock hours
  • Cancellations
  • And more!

OPMA & Legislative Conference

If a majority of your board is attending Legislative Conference, please view these considerations to ensure you are not in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).