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  • AWSP's Racial Equity Statement

    Jun 02, 2020
    Some might say we’ve come a long way as educational organizations, stakeholder groups, schools, districts, and higher education spent the last few years talking about and addressing systems of inequity. That progress is only the tip of the iceberg. We will never be able to rest on this pursuit until access, opportunities, expectations, and outcomes can no longer be predicted by the color of one’s skin. We can’t rest until we’ve equipped new generations and addressed the biases of older generations so there is never another horrific example like George Floyd.
  • AWSP Coffee Chat

    David Morrill
    May 29, 2020
    Come join us for our virtual coffee chat. Every Friday, at least for the foreseeable future, we'll be hanging out in Zoom. We'll start by providing new updates, we'll answer questions, and then we'll turn it over to you to share stories, successes, challenges, and learn from each other. We hope to see you there.
  • Creating Schedules at Home

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    May 29, 2020
    During this “Stay Home, Stay Safe” period of time, we can all benefit from a little structure. At our recent spring AWSP board meeting, we discussed providing additional resources for families. Here is a resource the principals at the Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA) shared with us to help students in grades K-12 and their families create schedules to manage their time.
  • AWSP News for May 29, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 29, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss what school might look like in the fall, a brand new resource called the Principal Contract Guide, your own evaluation and some tools and resources to help you, our Virtual Summer Conference, the pre-conference registration deadline, the Association of Washington Student Leaders summer programs, new guidance from the Department of Health, Friday 7am coffee chats, and sharing with us the amazing leadership moves you are making every day.
  • A Message to the Class of 2020 from Gov. Inslee, Russell Wilson, and More Familiar Faces

    David Morrill
    May 27, 2020
    Congratulations, 2020 grads! Alaska Airlines and their friends, Russell Wilson, Ciara, Governor Inslee, and more, have a special message for you. Watch it the video and keep soaring! #SeniorsTakeFlight
  • AWSP News for May 22, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 22, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss what school will look like in the fall, our Grade-Level Leadership Committees, the hashtag #createhope as you share the cool ways you are leading your school community, our Virtual Summer Conference, our pre-conference sessions, the spring 2020 issue of Washington Principal magazine, ways to spice up some of your staffulty or team virtual meetings, two principals who blended humor, relationships and accountability to keep their students engaged, a special video salute from the Governor’s Office and a shout out to the AWSP Team.
  • Principal Stress at an All-time High

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    May 21, 2020
    If you think principaling was tough before COVID19, what about now? If we kill the will of our principals by not addressing the workload, stress and increasing demands, then our kids and schools will suffer the consequences through a constant turnover of school leaders. LPI's research highlights the obvious, principals are fighting to survive. But their research also recommends some action we can all take to breathe hope into the system for one of our most precious resources - principals and assistant principals.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for June

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    May 21, 2020
    We are coming to the close of what will go down as perhaps the most challenging school year in history. Part of the ongoing challenge, as well, is uncertainty about the coming school year. Where we will be, and how and when we will move forward all remain to be seen. We have guidance. We can predict measures we will have to take. We can anticipate that, as we proceed, the future will look and feel different. Let’s take a look at some safety-related actions we can take now to carry us into that future. These suggestions are made with district, school, classroom and home activities in mind.
  • Don't Have a Mentor? Get One!

    Kelli DeMonte | Jefferson-Lincoln Elementary Principal, Centralia School District
    May 18, 2020
    AWSP mentees find the mentoring program vital to their success. Read what one principal has to say about the power of mentoring, and as a bonus, check out her amazing morning mindfulness video.
  • AWSP News for May 15, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 15, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our annual Summer Conference, Principal Kirsten Rue from Chinook Middle School, a survey initiated by the State Auditor’s Office, another AWSP survey about inclusionary practices within your school communities, graduation guidance from the Department of Health, planning a virtual ceremony with resources from Jostens, a report from NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute, and a conversation about hope and relationships with Kids at Hope.

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