WASA active member services include access to extensive professional
development opportunities throughout the year, liability insurance, and
legal services for due process, contract, and other related professional
In addition, WASA provides individual assistance for members with
questions and concerns regarding employment information,
administrative situations, and problem solving. WASA members have
extensive opportunities for ongoing networking, including peer idea
exchanges in job-alike component groups, as well as more expansive
WASA member benefits include regular informational mailings, electronic
information sharing, and critical information focus documents included
in our communications services. Active members enjoy a sense of
professional commitment and active engagement in making a difference in
the lives of students and student learning.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
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Attracting, developing, and retaining competent, visionary leaders is
essential to the success of our educational system. WASA provides career
assistance through the following services:
Connection - This online professional listing service
publicizes administrative positions available within Washington and
Career Counseling - This service is available to
members contemplating position changes. Contract design and
interpretation, responses to legal and technical questions, back-up data
for negotiations and on-the-scene support in the event of a district
emergency or individual problem are also part of the services available
to all WASA members. Contact John
Dekker for additional information.
Superintendent Mentor Program - This program assists
new or current administrators to become more proficient in their jobs.
Pairs are matched from the same region and special informative meetings
also may be scheduled. Contact
John Dekker for additional information.
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WASA maintains an active governmental relations program. Legislative
Developing and analyzing legislation.
Providing and coordinating testimony at hearings.
Preparing education impact statements and special reports.
Acting as liaison with legislators and staff.
Organizing legislative strategies with members and coordinating
efforts with other agencies and associations.
Polling membership through "faxback" surveys for use with
the media and the legislature.
Coordinating the legislative agendas and strategies for the Alliance
of Education Associations and the Association of Educational Service
Communicating weekly during session to members through WASA's This
Week in Olympia (TWIO) newsletter.
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WASA is committed to supporting and improving leadership through a
variety of professional development programs and events. More than 20
conferences and workshops are sponsored or cosponsored by WASA each
year. WASA members receive a discounted member rate for all workshops
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WASA consultants are experienced school administrators who are
available to provide advice and information on a variety of subjects
based on their own experiences and knowledge. Contract services
Management & Operational Reviews
School Construction Planning
Washington State EduPortal®
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WASA places a high priority on supporting its members 24 hours a day.
The executive staff are experienced, professional colleagues who are
available to advise members on personal and professional matters in all
situations related to their roles a education leaders.
Advice and Counsel - WASA will provide the counsel
of qualified, experienced administrators to any member who faces a
problem or potential problem related to his or her professional
assignment. WASA’s executive director will arrange for
Legal Services - WASA members have a $250,000
Educators Professional Liability Policy to protect them in the legal
situations they face daily. Sponsored by WASA, the policy is available
at no additional cost to members.Members also are eligible for legal
assistance with due process, contract rights and other issues related to
their professional assignment. WASA’s contribution for legal
assistance is up to $2,500.
Ethics Assistance - In 1999, the WASA Board of
Directors adopted a Code of Ethics to provide guidance to WASA members.
The WASA administrative team is available to provide advice and counsel
for members on ethical issues they may encounter as a result of their
district or professional responsibilities.
Problem Solving - WASA provides the networking
capability within the organization or in concert with other agencies to
assist school districts or members in problem resolution.
Conflict Intervention - Conflict intervention among
parties within school districts is sometimes needed. Teams composed of
representatives from WASA, the Washington State School Directors’
Association and the Association of Washington School Principals are
available to assist in diffusing conflicts between board/superintendent,
board/staff or board member/board member and to recommend positive
Contract Review - Whether negotiating a new
employment contract or updating an existing one, WASA provides contract
evaluation and recommendations to support members in a variety of
Mentorship - WASA provides peer mentors for all new
superintendents. Mentors for any new or experienced WASA members will be
appointed upon request.
Career Counseling - Confidential and professional
support is available for all members with assistance in their career
paths, employment opportunities, and contract development.
Retirement Counseling - WASA staff members can
assist WASA members in preparing for retirement.
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The WASA Hotline is the association's monthly newsletter
(except July). It includes summaries of board action, planned region and
statewide events, news articles about colleagues, articles on timely
issues, plus abstracts of current developments affecting members.
Special materials distributed throughout the year include:
Education reform documents.
Annual publications include pictorial directories by region
(distributed to WASA active members) and annual reports.
WASA's Honorary Awards - WASA annually honors and
recognizes outstanding educational administrators and individuals in
other professions who have made extraordinary contributions to K-12
PEMCO Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Awards
- Established in 2002, these awards (presented annually to
based on three district-size categories) seek to recognize outstanding
Washington public school administrators.
AASA National Superintendent of the Year Program
- WASA assists in the coordination of this program. More
information is available at www.aasa.org.
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Through the School
Information and Research Service, Inc., a WASA-managed enterprise,
school districts and WASA members can receive research findings on
current educational issues.