WSPA Annual Conference - Presented by Region 5 

  • Pre-conference: Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Conference: February 26-28, 2018
  • Suquamish Clearwater Resort in beautiful Suquamish, Washington 

We encourage you to attend this valuable and meaningful conference. 
Each day provides relevant and useful sessions, the chance to meet with State partners and vendors, 
and most importantly -- the opportunity to make connections and build relationships with your colleagues. 

Please click here here for registration and event details
Interested in being a vendor at the Annual Conference? Please click here for more information

21st Century Bargaining Skills Workshop

  • January 11, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton at Southcenter

This one-day workshop will focus in detail on bargaining skills including bargaining law, engineering, psychology, bargaining math, mediation of disputes, union strategies, crisis bargaining district operations, and crisis bargaining communication. 

We are very pleased to offer two workshop tracks this year to best meet the needs of our attendees:

Track A will cover basic skills and knowledge every Washington public school bargainer should have in his or her toolbox for successful negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. 

Track B will provide deeper exploration of narrower topics and less common skills, philosophies, and scenarios faced by Washington public school bargainers in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. 

Please click here to register and for event details 

Randy Hathaway Fellowship Awards

The Randy Hathaway Fellowship Awards were established to commemorate the exemplary leadership of Randy Hathaway and his service to the field of human resources.
Mr. Hathaway served as a school administrator, Executive Director of Employee Relations and Negotiations Network (ERNN), and as the Executive Director of Washington School Personnel Association (WSPA).
Mr. Hathaway continues to be an advocate for education, the role of human resources, and of our organization.
It is with great pride that we offer this fellowship program to our members. 

2018 Fellowship Awards

WSPA  is pleased to offer twelve (12) HELP program tuition fellowships in the amount of $910 each.
WSPA will grant two (2) HELP fellowships per region. 

WSPA will also be offering twelve (12) tuition fellowships in the amount of $500 each.
These fellowships are to be used toward college tuition or college credits related to the study of human resources. 

You may apply for both the HELP and tuition fellowships, however only one will be awarded per person, per year.

Please click here for more information and application materials. The deadline for the 2018 Fellowship applications is January 12, 2018


Employee Misconduct and Investigations Workshop

  • 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 new 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: TBD
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! 

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