Leadership WSSDA is a program for school directors seeking to improve their expertise and leadership capacity within the educational system. The benefits of this program will positively impact participants’ professional and personal lives.
Many education leaders have graduated from this program including nine WSSDA presidents, numerous WSSDA board and committee members, state board members and a number of legislators.
The Leadership WSSDA program provides the time and framework to examine today’s most important education issues with other experienced leaders. There is very little “lecture” time. Participants will be up and moving, engaged with each other, working in group activities, and actively learning. The curriculum may also include reading articles and books between classes to promote discussion around current education and leadership topics.
The program occurs every other year and includes visits by expert speakers and several field trips to facilitate in-depth learning. Participants will meet five times throughout the year. This rigorous program is designed to fit the busy schedules of school directors with Friday afternoon to Saturday class sessions. Friday sessions generally run from noon to 8 p.m., resuming on Saturday from 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon.
Applications for 2022 Leadership WSSDA will open in November 2021. Dates and locations of the five 2-day sessions will be provided at that time. Participants will need to commit to all five sessions to be accepted into the program. The sessions are usually held in February, April, July and September with the final session and graduation at Annual Conference in November.
Below is the schedule for the 2019 Leadership WSSDA program to get a sense of the topics and locations.
Tuition of $1,000 includes the cost to run the program plus meals and snacks during the sessions. Tuition does not include the cost of travel and lodging. Half of tuition (50%) is refundable following the first session and prior to the second session. After the second session, no refunds will be given.