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  • We are Listening, but Do We Hear Them?

    James Layman, Director of Student Programs, AWSL
    Oct 23, 2020
    For many of our students, the realities are that many adults listen to them but do not hear them. Their perspectives, words, hopes, fears, and concerns often get chalked up as "kids being kids." As adults and people with positional power, we can foster and create spaces where students can be heard. It begins with the belief that their perspectives and stories matter. It's about moving beyond performative student engagement, where we ask questions but disregard their responses. It is about us as adults sitting in potential discomfort and recognizing students' agency and value speaking up and out.
  • AWSP News for October 23, 2020

    David Morrill
    Oct 23, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our “How To Be “ALL IN” As an Inclusive Leader" webinar series, AWSL's Fall Conference where over 4000 students and school leaders have already registered, creating a Principal’s Advisory Council to build relationships with kids, our Cispus Forever Campaign, our former Learning Center Director Marty Fortin and his recognition by National FFA, Dr. Michelle Fox recognized for the 2020 Bell National Outstanding School Leadership Award, engaging with us in sharing the reality of your work in our weekly Principals Month Question challenge on Facebook, and a special message.
  • Six-Foot Relationships

    Dr. Scott Seaman, AWSP Executive Director
    Oct 16, 2020
    Rolling up in front of Liberty High School in Spangle, Washington was not like the traditional experience of which I was accustomed. For decades, if you pulled into any typical high school parking lot, you’d find cars parked everywhere and a busy scene filled with students moving about socializing in small groups. Not today. It was eerily quiet. Instead I found a half-full parking lot, void of typical activity. What I knew however was that Liberty High School opened in a hybrid model and that students were definitely on campus, but only half of them. I also knew that Principal Aaron Fletcher, a 12 year veteran principal (22 years in district), was somewhere inside principaling. What I didn’t know exactly was what “principaling” meant in our current COVID reality.
  • "I've Never Been Called Exceptional Before."

    James Layman, Director of Student Programs, AWSL
    Oct 15, 2020
    Every now and then, a conversation with a student becomes profound and life-changing. A conversation where you leave the conversation a different person than when you entered. Where students teach you a lesson that you never knew you needed to hear. That sums up a conversation I had with a student this week.
  • Difficult Decisions and a Call to Action in These Challenging Times

    Dr. Scott Seaman, AWSP Executive Director
    Oct 14, 2020
    We are clearly in some of the most challenging times of our careers. And, quite frankly, you probably never envisioned leading your school in and through these circumstances. We hear you. AWSP has been supporting school leaders since 1972 and continues to make the necessary changes to provide the relevant, timely, and personalized support you need. Just as COVID has impacted members like you, COVID has impacted AWSP in many ways. At our recent annual September AWSP and Foundation Board meeting, the board made a difficult decision to terminate our Chewelah Peak Learning Center contract with the Department of Natural Resources and ESD 101. This was by no means an easy decision. Word is spreading quickly about both the action related to Chewelah Peak and the precarious position of our Cispus Learning Center because we officially launched our “Cispus Forever” Campaign this week. This state (and national) campaign is focused on both the short-term survivability of Cispus (in response to COVID) and the establishment of an endowment to forever secure the future of Cispus. We have to start somewhere while we work to build an endowment that will help us weather future storms like COVID.
  • WEBINAR: How To Be "ALL IN" as an Inclusive Leader

    Chris Espeland
    Oct 12, 2020
    Our Principals Month celebration continues with a special surprise: We’re offering a brand-new workshop on inclusion absolutely FREE to AWSP members. How to be 'ALL IN' as an Inclusive Leader is a 5-part series with international film-maker Dan Habib.
  • "We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat." AWSL Virtual Fall Conference is on track to break records!

    James Layman
    Oct 09, 2020
    Every fall, the Association of Washington Student Leaders holds a Fall Leadership Conference. With obvious travel restrictions and complexities at the beginning of the school year, we decided to shift our conference course.
  • Outside Is In: Grow Outside

    Chase Buffington | Cispus Learning Center Director
    Oct 09, 2020
    Picture it: The buses roll into the learning center and kids begin to pile out of the buses with luggage in hand. Surrounded by trees and fresh air, each student knows they are about to take on the outdoors. They're in a place where no one has an advantage, only a fresh start to explore what everyone has to offer. Accelerated learning is about to take place.
  • AWSP News for October 9, 2020

    Scott Seaman
    Oct 09, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss National Principals Month, a brand-new workshop on inclusion absolutely FREE to AWSP members, our “Lead Out Loud” series for Assistant Principals, our WELL Summit (Women Leading and Learning), our Stay Smart Network, AWSL’s Fall Conference, a message from former Governor Christine Gregoire, our brand new AWSP Leadership Framework Version 3.0, OSPI’s Safety Guidance for updates on leading during COVID, our Cispus Forever campaign, and our Principals Month prompts.
  • How Principals & Teacher Librarians Can Strategically Collaborate

    Roz Thompson | Director of Government Relations and Advocacy
    Oct 02, 2020
    Check out this new resource, share it with your teacher-librarian, and begin a conversation about how you can work as a team to impact student learning: Let's Talk: A Conversation Starter to Help Future Ready Librarians Build Collaborative Relationships.

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