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.  

Achieving Small School Success in Washington State

Achieving Small School Success in Washington StateIdentifies challenges and strengths of educating students in small districts; also outlines background information and makes recommendations for the future of education reform in Washington state in several key areas, including equity of funding, program support, staffing, flexibility/adaptability, and facilities. Includes case studies in three small districts: Index, Klickitat and Steilacoom Historical.

Available in PDF

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

Cultural Diversity in School: A Guide for School Board Members and School Administrators

Award Winner – National School Public Relations Association

By Gregory Eliyu Guldin, Ph.D., WSSDA Diversity Consultant.  A comprehensive guide to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all children. Contains an orientation to diversity, background information on multicultural education, language minorities, and ethnicity/disproportionality, and recommendations on making positive changes.

 $25 each or $20 each for orders of five or more.  For ordering information, contact mail@wssda.org.  

Data Dashboards for School Directors: Using Data for Accountability and Student Achievement, rev. 2008

Data Dashboards for School Directors: Using Data for Accountability and Student Achievement, 2008Developed by WSSDA’s Student Achievement Task Force, this publication is designed to help school boards strengthen their skills in using data to make decisions related to improving student achievement.

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

The Role of School Boards in Improving Student Achievement

Improving Student AchievementIn this era of education reform and increased accountability, it’s essential that everyone involved in public education understand and recognize the vital role of school boards in improving student achievement — especially school directors themselves. That’s why WSSDA has produced a position paper detailing the unique responsibilities of school boards and their pivotal role in sustaining continuous improvement in student learning.

Available in PDF

School Directors Brainstorm Ideas on Improving Key Transition Points in the P-20 Education System

School directors brainstorm ideas on improving key transition points in the P-20 education systemThis report synthesizes a number of suggestions that were developed during school director “brainstorm” sessions held to develop ideas on smoothing the transition points in Washington’s education system, from early learning to K-12 to higher education.

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

STEM Work Group: Recommendations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, 2010

STEM Work Group: Recommendations for STEM education, 2010Report to Governor Chris Gregoire and the Washington Legislature. Outlines a comprehensive plan to improve policies and practices to ensure that a pathway is established for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, postsecondary degree programs, and careers in the areas of STEM.

Available in PDF

Targeting Student Learning: The School Board’s Role as Policymaker

Targeting student learning: the school board's role as policymakerExplore key components to effective school board policymaking and policy topics targeted on student learning.

For prices and ordering information, contact mail@wssda.org.

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

Washington School Bond Manual

Washington School Board ManualThe result of a partnership between WSSDA and Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation. Provides critical information to those involved in financing education in the state of Washington. A helpful resource for districts in maneuvering the essential process of planning for bond measures.

Hard copy: $15.00 + Tax and shipping costs

10 percent discount on orders of 25 manuals or more. For ordering information, contact mail@wssda.org.

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