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  • OSPI School Safety Tips for July

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Jun 26, 2020
    How about a fun, rewarding safety activity for students this summer? Washington Operation Lifesaver (WAOL) is a non-profit organization consisting of public and private entities whose purpose is to educate the public about safe practices at highway-rail grade crossings and other locations along railroad tracks.
  • AWSP News for June 26, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 26, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss one of the craziest school years ever and the impact of your incredible leadership, OSPI's weekly updates, our virtual Summer Conference, learning opportunities for all members, AWSL's Summer Leadership Days, our AWSL Fall Conference, our Learning Centers now open for business, our online change of status form, and nominating a fellow colleague for Principal and/or Assistant Principal of the Year.
  • AWSP News for June 19, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 19, 2020
    In this episode of episode of AWSP News, we discuss focusing on what is within the realm of your responsibilities, what school will look like next Fall, our AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP), TikTok and a number of enhancements to safety policies, AWSL bringing our leader development programs to your campus, our AWSL Fall Conference, Juneteenth and the significance of this date in history for african americans in our country, and your self-care as a top priority.
  • TikTok Tips for Online Safety

    Steve Gibbs, TikTok
    Jun 18, 2020
    One popular app, TikTok, recently launched a number of enhancements to safety policies, controls, and educational resources that will help keep kids safe. The National PTA -- along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Family Online Safety Institute and ConnectSafely -- are partnering with TikTok to help inform parents of the new parental controls, like its Family Pairing feature, which gives parents the ability to guide their child's online experience while also educating them about online safety and digital citizenship.
  • AWSP News for June 12, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 12, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss the OSPI Reopening Washington Schools 2020 Guidance, the University of Washington’s SMART Center “Hope and Cope” event, the Jostens Renaissance Virtual Conference, the AWSP/WASA Virtual Summer Conference, the AWSL camp staff coming to your campus this summer, resources for your equity journey, Microsoft US Education's incredible resources, our online change of status form, and a specific challenge issued by OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal.
  • Final Grades and Incompletes: A Resource for Doing No Harm

    Kurt Hatch, Associate Director, AWSP
    Jun 11, 2020
    As we proceed, let’s take a collective deep breath and ensure we do no harm in the present. Let’s avoid getting bogged down in the grading-during-a-pandemic question in order to create the bandwidth needed for everyone to focus on the future of school. Let’s ensure our decisions move past the problematic nature of pre-COVID grading. We have an opportunity to push the system towards evidence-based, student-centered, assessment practices, and creative ideas for returning to school in the fall.
  • There Must Be Space for Face-to-Face

    Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP
    Jun 05, 2020
    I’ve been “out of the building” now as a recovering high school principal for about seven years. My trips to the grocery store are still filled with high fives and hellos from kids and families. As a principal, I always prioritized relationships above all else, and the evidence of that can be found in any aisle of the grocery store to this day. There is no way those relationships would have happened with sixteen little video squares on a computer screen
  • AWSP News for June 5, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 05, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our statement on the tragic death of George Floyd and our continued commitment to lead an equitable and bright future, new guidance coming soon from the Department of Health and OSPI, the “Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Vaccinated” campaign, a statewide survey to collect student voice and perceptions about distance learning, a shout out to the Elementary GLLC, the 2020 AWSP/WASA Virtual Summer Conference and a message from Joe Sanfelippo, our Friday morning Coffee Chats, our online change of status form, and a Why Try Webinar.
  • Free Mentoring for Your Students From Ivy League College Students

    Kurt Hatch, Associate Director, AWSP
    Jun 04, 2020
    The COVID–19 shutdown unexpectedly sent thousands of university students home and left them disappointed and uncertain about their future. However, many of them knew they could rely on support networks to help them continue their coursework online. They also knew many K–12 students across the nation would struggle to maintain academic support networks and succeed with the limited supports being provided by their school district, so a group of Ivy Leaguers decided to create a free, online tutoring service. This is how CovEd was founded.
  • Virtual Graduation Questions? Microsoft Might Have Your Answers.

    David Morrill
    Jun 02, 2020
    With a little creativity and the right tools, there are ways to celebrate graduations safely this year and make positive memories for all. You're invited to join Microsoft live this Friday at 11 a.m. where they will share how you can create an engaging and rewarding virtual graduation experience for students, families, and educators alike. Use this link to access the conversation live via Microsoft Teams.

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