What to Expect in the Year Ahead from WSPRA

Greetings, WSPRA Members & Friends.

Tove Tupper This time of year usually affords us a chance to unplug from work for some much-earned rest and rejuvenation. For many of us, a break from work is not possible as we prepare for a school year that will be unlike anything we have experienced.

WSPRA will also be different in the year ahead. Change due to a reality outside our control is not always bad.

Sometimes, it is just what we need to be innovative and creative. And when we are forced to think outside the box, I believe we are led in directions that build a better and stronger organization.

Rather than hosting in-person workshops this fall and winter, WSPRA will offer seven virtual events to members. The best part? All webinars will be free for WSPRA members.

We know districts are facing budget deficits in the coming years. We also know professional development–and time for collaboration with peers–is essential for our work. That’s why WSPRA is committed to offering these events for free to our members this year. Our goal is to create a virtual program for our members that sustains long after the pandemic is over.

The virtual events are still in the planning stage, but I ask that you save these dates on your calendar. Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks and months for additional information on the virtual sessions and how to register.

Our goal is to host an in-person annual conference in Leavenworth on April 28–30, 2021. We are also working on a very special retreat for members in the summer of 2021.

In the next few weeks, you will begin to receive membership renewal notices. Please renew early in order to take advantage of our free virtual professional development sessions. You can also learn more about becoming a new member.

Take good care of yourself this summer. While time away from work may be difficult, I encourage you to find other, smaller ways to disconnect when you are able. Our schools and students are counting on us to be our best selves.

As always, if you have questions, concerns or ideas, please reach out.

Sincerely,

Tove Tupper
WSPRA President
Assistant Director, Communications
Highline Public Schools
tove.tupper@highlineschools.org