Board Boot Camp

Being newly elected or appointed to the school board is both exciting and daunting. School directors have many responsibilities, and the first couple of years of board service can bring a steep learning curve. Board Boot Camp is a great place to start.

In-person Board Boot Camp

Board Boot Camp is offered at WSSDA’s Annual Conference every November and regionally throughout the year.

You’ll hear from trainers with school board experience as they cover the basics of board service and answer questions. You’ll also connect with new board members from around the state while exploring scenarios you’re likely to encounter as a school director. The superintendent panel “What your superintendent would love to tell you… but probably won’t” is a favorite of many attendees. Superintendents and veteran school directors are encouraged to attend with their new board members for the best experience.

Board Boot Camp at WSSDA’s 2021 Annual Conference in Bellevue is on Thursday, November 18.

Virtual Board Boot Camp

Learn at your own pace with WSSDA’s virtual Board Boot Camp. The seven-part course curriculum includes:

  • Part 1: Welcome to Virtual Board Boot Camp
  • Part 2: School Board Governance & the Governance Team
  • Part 3: Roles & Responsibilities
  • Part 4: Educational Equity and Working with Data
  • Part 5: Open Public Meetings and Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  • Part 6: Superintendent Panel
  • Part 7: Live Interactive Sessions – Q&A + Scenarios*

Live, interactive sessions

In the live sessions you’ll practice scenarios, ask questions, and network with other attendees. After you register for Boot Camp, you’ll be asked to select a session:

  • Wednesday, April 21 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Monday, May 10 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 26 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 1 from 5-6 p.m.

*NOTE: Board Boot Camp’s live, interactive sessions are offered through Zoom. For instructions on how to use Zoom, please see our How to use Zoom guide.