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  • OSPI School Safety Tips for May

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Apr 30, 2020
    These are not normal times. This is not our new normal. We hear that expression used frequently these days about these days. However, rather than thinking of the current situation as ‘normal’, I prefer to see it as a challenge to the comfortable normal of not too long ago. Within that context, we need to remember that we did not plan for this. We should have, but we didn’t. However, we have been flexible and agile. We have been creative and adaptable. We cannot forget that this did really happen. (Just give it 6 months or so after schools reopen!) Because of COVID-19, we have experienced and learned much. So, as we approach the end of the current academic year, and as we look forward to what a new normal will hold, let’s begin reflecting on this experience and planning for the future.
  • Planning Post-Secondary Access? WSAC Can Help.

    David Morrill
    Apr 29, 2020
    How do you bridge the K-12 world with the world of higher education? Yokiko Hayashi-Saguil from the Washington Student Achievement Council joins Dr. Scott Seaman to discuss how WSAC programs, tools, and resources can get more students college-bound students and what their financial aid options are. A must watch for high school principals and counselors. And for a follow-up, WSAC Executive Director Michael Meotti joins our Scott Friedman to talk more about all the programs, tools, and resources the Student Achievement Council provides, as well as what college applications look like in the age of COVID-19.
  • Change For the Better

    Kim Marquette
    Apr 29, 2020
    Change is normal and while it's normal to question and wonder how the world will change, I believe the bigger and more important question to ask is, "How will I improve and grow from the change?"
  • Why Wouldn't You? Finding a Silver Lining in School Shutdowns

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    Apr 28, 2020
    One unforeseen consequence of a statewide closure has been the massive forced push for all of us to engage in the virtual meeting space. We might have dabbled before in Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams, but now we are all exceeding standard. AWSP is offering weekly Office Hours for members to engage with with the AWSP Executive Team and K-12 principals from all over the state. This is a wide open session of give and take, but more importantly, to hear our members (principals, assistant principals and other school leaders) share challenges, successes, and barriers they are facing as newly assigned digital leaders. It is so incredible to watch these natural and organic conversations take off each week that I find myself thinking, "Why didn't we do this sooner?"
  • Mentoring is Not Just for Teachers

    Gina Yonts
    Apr 27, 2020
    I had always been appreciative of the love and support of other caring teaching mentors and leaders in my system. They looked out for me, mentored my blossoming teacher leadership skills, and encouraged me to pursue school leadership and my passion for supporting students and families in my community. This support and encouragement put me on a path to school leadership and eventually, an AWSP-trained principal mentor in my district.
  • AWSP News for April 24, 2020

    David Morrill
    Apr 24, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss establishing some new boundaries around your time, accessibility, priorities, and work-life balance, some great icebreakers and team builders for virtual meetings from AWSL, planning and preparing for virtual senior year-end events, innovative ways to educate each and every student, guidance from OSPI about grading, subscribing to our blog, the 2020 NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year, Ready WA’s hashtag PlanYourPathWa student voice video contest, and a feel-good story.
  • More Thoughts on Grading

    Scott Seaman
    Apr 24, 2020
    AWSP supports OSPI’s and their workgroup’s guidance for grading. The guidelines are the right thing at the right time. They give districts a clear framework while maintaining the flexibility for districts to find the right solution for their students and community. The guidance was developed with input from a huge array of stakeholders, including our own Associate Directors Kurt Hatch, Gina Yonts, and Scott Friedman. The key message from OSPI and the guiding workgroup: do no harm.
  • Webinar: Jostens High School Graduation and Other Activities Discussion

    Scott Friedman
    Apr 24, 2020
    Seniors across the state of Washington have been left without the opportunity to participate in many traditional celebrations including graduation. Our time during this webinar will focus on how we can collectively create create celebrations that students and families will remember.
  • "I Am More Than a Test Score"

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    Apr 22, 2020
    My daughter was a 4.0 high school student with an impressive resume of accomplishments during her high school career. She went on to the University of Washington where she graduated with a 3.9 and two degrees in three years. While in high school, she tore herself apart studying and preparing for the SAT. As the testing date approached and her anxiety grew exponentially, I had to continually remind her that it's just one test, one indicator, one factor that colleges use for admissions, but certainly not the only indicator. That didn't matter. To her, because of such strong social pressures among her peers, the test was either the beginning of or the end of the world. "I'm forever labeled because of that score," she once said.
  • How Do We Grade During the Shutdown? “Do No Harm” is the Answer.

    Kurt Hatch
    Apr 17, 2020
    Our educational system struggles to avoid layering privilege upon privilege, often measuring punctuality and compliance rather than discernment, critical analysis and habits of mind.

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