Publications

The Washington State School Directors’ Association offers these guidebooks, manuals and publications. If you don’t see the materials you are looking for, please contact the WSSDA office at 360.493.9231 or mail@wssda.org. For information on subscription services, see Policy Services and On Call.  

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest: A Guide for School Board Members and Superintendents, rev. 2016

Avoiding Conflicts of InterestReviews basic conflict of interest issues, with emphasis on structuring district policies and board practices to comply with state law when board members or superintendents have an ongoing personal financial interest in their district’s operations.

Staff Contact:

Abigail Westbrook
Policy and Legal Services Director
800.562.8927 or 360.252.3017

Available in PDF

The Basics of School Law: A Guide for School Board Members, rev. 2010

The Basics of School LawProvides an introduction and overview of some of the legal issues school directors may encounter in their board service. Topics covered include Legal Requirements for School Board Meetings, Policy Adoption and the Law, Financial Conflict of Interest, Personnel, School Districts and Collective Bargaining, and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Staff Contact:

Abigail Westbrook
Policy and Legal Services Director
800.562.8927 or 360.252.3017

Available in PDF

budgeting and bargaining manual

WSSDA Budgeting and Bargaining Manual

A resource for school directors as they navigate their roles and responsibilities related to school district budgeting and collective bargaining. Production of this publication was informed by unprecedented participation levels in feedback sessions throughout Washington at WSSDA Regional Meetings following the 2018 collective bargaining season.

Available in PDF

Educational Acronyms and Terminology 2016

This guide is a handy reference listing the acronyms school directors are most likely to hear.

Available in PDF

Effective Advocacy for School Directors

Effective Advocacy for School Directors in Washington stateAdvocacy is one of the primary responsibilities of a school board member. This 62-page manual covers the fundamentals of advocacy in the community and with state and federal legislators/policymakers. Includes tips on organizing advocacy programs and working with the news media.

Available in PDF

Get on Board: Information flyer for school board candidates

Get on board!This short, two-page flyer explains what a school board does, what characteristics make for a great school board member, how to file to run for the local school board and dates for upcoming candidate workshops.

The 2019 filing period was May 13-17. 

Available in PDF

Open Public Meetings: A Guide for School Board Members and Superintendents, rev. 2016

Open Public MeetingsFocuses on provisions of the State Open Public Meetings Act, and addresses other legal requirements and nonlegal issues surrounding effective and responsible public meetings.

Staff Contact:

Abigail Westbrook
Policy and Legal Services Director
800.562.8927 or 360.252.3017

Available in PDF

Serving on Your Local School Board: A Guide to Effective Leadership

Serving on your local school board: A guide to effective leadershipFor new and prospective school board members. Topics include the governance role of school boards, the board-superintendent relationship, leadership techniques, ethics, employee relations, legal requirements, and education reform.

Available in PDF

Washington School Board Standards

Washington school board standardsStandards for School Boards and School Directors, developed by the WSSDA Board Standards Task Force. 

Available in PDF

WSSDA Annual Reports

WSSDA's 2018 Annual ReportA brief report with accomplishments, highlights, and financials for the most recent year. See the most recent.

Available in PDF