HELP Fall Writing Workshop

Registration is now open for the HELP Fall Session  - Writing Skills for Human Resources.  This workshop is open to all WSPA members. You do not need to be a HELP participant to attend.
This workshop provides three sessions to choose from:

  • Session I - Basic Human Resources Writing 
  • Session II - Human Resources Legal Writing
  • Session III - How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation and Document your Findings

HELP Fall Session  - Writing Skills for Human Resources

  • Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Puget Sound Educational Service District
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

WSPA Members: $150
Your registration includes lunch, refreshments, clock hours, and course materials. 

HELP Participants: This event is included in your HELP tuition. There is no additional fee to attend and you do not need to complete a registration form. Please let Jane Rausch know if you will NOT be attending.

Please click here to register for the HELP Fall Writing Workshop

Employee Misconduct and Investigations Workshop

  • November 3, 2017 - TUKWILA
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton at Southcenter
  • 9:00 am - 2:30pm
  • November 20, 2017 - SPOKANE
  • NEW ESD 101
  • 9:00 am - 2:30pm
Registration is now open to attend our Employee Misconduct and Investigations Workshops in Tukwila and Spokane.
This workshop will cover the basics of employee discipline and misconduct investigations. This session includes discussion from sample cases, hypothetical and real-life examples,
along with practical tips and guidance for dealing with a range of discipline and conduct issues. 
  • Employee discipline, ranging from letters of direction to termination
  • Determining the appropriate level of employee discipline. Discipline that sticks
  • Handling an employee discipline case from start, to finish
  • Practical tips and guidance for conducting employee investigations
  • Knowing when to place an employee on administrative leave
  • Defining Weinegarten rights
  • Conducting Loudermill hearings
  • Preparing for termination hearings
  • Principles of just cause

Please click here to register and for full event details


WSPA Membership

The WSPA membership year runs from September 1st through August 31st of of each year. Membership for the 2017-2018 year is now open.

Membership benefits include reduced registration fees to events, free webinars, legislative updates, a shared electronic database of resources,  a 10% discount on all degree and certificate programs through City University, member requests, and the opportunity for invaluable collaboration and networking.  Please let us know if there is a service, product, or training that would be of benefit to you and your district. We greatly appreciate your feedback and will continue to do our best to meet the growing needs of our members. 

We offer several levels of membership to meet the needs of our community: 

Individual Active Membership: $125
An active membership is a Washington State public school individual with responsibilities or interest in personnel administrative and related functions in public, private, or post-secondary school systems, including but not limited to employee relations, data processing, employee benefits, salary administration, staff selection, or substitute operations.

Please click here to register as a new active individual member. 
Please click here to renew your active individual membership

District Membership: $1,100
A district membership includes all of the benefits of an active membership, however is for those districts who would like to have up to 10 employees receive all WSPA communications. In addition all district employees are eligible for the reduced membership rate for all WSPA events.

Please click here to register a new district membership
Please click here to renew your district membership 

Associate or Retiree Membership: $50
An associate membership is for those individuals serving in the capacity of building administrator such as a principal, or serving in an interim or consultant position, and others with a focus on HR/personnel functions
A retiree membership is available to members who have been active in the association and are now retired.  If you have been a WSPA member for at least five years your dues will be waived for the first year following retirement.

Please click here to register as a new associate member.
Please click here to renew your associate membership.

Please click here to register as a new retiree member.
Please click here to renew your retiree membership. 

We sincerely hope you will chose to join us for the new year. Thank you. 

Benefits of Membership

The Washington School Personnel Association is a vibrant community of human resources professionals dedicated to the school community. Your WSPA membership includes free webinars, an electronic copy of the Personnel Operations Guide (POG), discounted registration to all of our conferences, workshop, and events, legislative updates, member requests, discounted tuition through City University, and many other benefits designed to support human resources professionals and their districts.

The WSPA membership year runs from September 1st through August 31st of each year. More information may be found at our member page.

If you are already a member, please click on the following link for member profile, website navigation tips and how-to's:  WSPA Website Member Navigation



Meet our Board and Region Representatives

Kurt Schonberg, WSPA President
Shaun Carey, President-Elect
Debby Carter, Immediate Past President
Lisa Turner, Treasurer
Janet Hodson, Secretary

Region 1 Co-Representatives: Jane Rausch and Kim Harmon
Region 2 North: Heather Crail
Region 2 South: Toni Neidhold
Region 3: Marilyn Boerke
Region 4 Co-Representatives: Cathi Brinck Price and Dawn Long
Region 5 Co-Representatives: Denise Kennedy and Chelle Lente
Region 6 Co-Representatives: Connie Sheridan and Jason Thompson

Did you know that each region offers training, support, and great networking opportunities? Visit our Region Information page for schedules (coming soon!), contact information, and ways to get involved and connected! 

View the Event Calendar