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  • Negative Space: Art (And Leadership) Lessons for the Pandemic

    Caroline Brumfield, AWSP Graphic Designer
    May 12, 2020
    In the art and graphic design world, there is a concept known as negative space. Negative space is the area around an image or design – the edges, the background, the “white” of the paper. How does this relate to principals? As we navigate through these weeks where our lives have essentially been turned inside out, we have been given an opportunity to see the “negative space” in our home lives, in our careers, and in our leadership. Negative space that may not have been there previously is now suddenly there, as our usual routines, thought processes, and expectations have fallen by the wayside.
  • AWSP News for May 8, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 08, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss Governor Inslee's 4 phase plan to slowly re-open our state, this year's Summer Conference and some new possibilities, grading issues, end of year celebrations, an Opening of School Year Task Force, and a question from AWSP President Cameron Grow.
  • Important Summer Conference Message from AWSP/WASA Executive Directors

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    May 05, 2020
    AWSP and WASA can’t wait to gather together in person, but this year we need to prioritize the health and safety of our members and their loved ones. Therefore, both of our Associations, along with the 2020 Summer Conference Planning Committee, have made the difficult decision to convert to a virtual conference.
  • Perspectives in a COVID World

    Greg Barker
    May 05, 2020
    We can only know our own experiences and must be open to learning the stories of others. But learning from others as we are socially distant is difficult. We are always on a journey of learning and discovery. To better support our students and families, we need to hear (and hopefully understand) how this current reality is impacting them.
  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

    Greg Barker
    May 04, 2020
    Social distancing can make it tough to show staff how much you care, but there are still plenty of options. From e-cards or thank-you videos to classroom goodies or decorations, we’ve compiled a list of many ways you can celebrate Staff Appreciation Week at a distance, plus some other links to help in the process.
  • Relationships Matter Even More Now

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    May 04, 2020
    As I look to the future of our education system, I challenge all the thought leaders, policy makers, and educational leaders to think differently as we redesign our new approach to serving kids. Whether we are still operating under a distance learning model, blended model, or back to some version of brick and mortar, can we prioritize relationships above all else? Can we build everything around creating time for students and adults to find, build, and sustain meaningful relationships that create hope for everyone involved?
  • Learning From Our Online Principals at the Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA)

    Roz Thompson
    May 03, 2020
    In our massive shift to remote learning, and in the spirit of being a continuous learner, I’ve been trying to learn more about online learning. What are effective ways to teach students online? How do we structure communication (including instruction and feedback) to students via computers or phones? And what are some strategies that AWSP can share with principals as they shift to becoming digital principals who are responsible for managing their culture, systems, and learning in their (now) remote buildings.
  • AWSP News for May 1, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 01, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss a shoutout to the OSPI team, the incredible school leadership stories of connecting with students, staffulty, and your school community, making it a daily habit to check our website for updates, announcements, and resources, virtual graduation celebrations, the Washington Student Achievement Council and their fantastic resources, self-care and work-life balance with a new activity from our wellness partner, Kaiser Permanente, and the 2020 Census.
  • Senior Activities and Graduation Ideas

    Greg Barker
    Apr 30, 2020
    AWSL is constantly updating lists of resources and ideas for schools who are searching. Check out AWSLeaders.org/2020Resources for daily updates on senior activities and graduation ideas.
  • The Self Care Wheel, A Team Building Activity

    Roz Thompson
    Apr 30, 2020
    Here is another great activity called a Self-Care Wheel. Use it individually or with your whole staff. It’s brought to us by our fantastic wellness partners from Kaiser Permanente.

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