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  • Zoom High School Graduation Discussion

    Scott Friedman
    Mar 31, 2020
    We are quickly approaching the release of the State Board of Education (SBE) draft rules around the waiver process and potential graduation credit adjustments. According to the SBE timeline the draft is to be released on Wednesday, April 1st with the comment period ending Friday, April 3rd. This is a very quick turnaround and we want to make sure our collective voice is heard around the draft rules.
  • AWSP Office Hours

    David Morrill
    Mar 31, 2020
    Come join us for our virtual office hours. 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.
  • Outside Is In: 5 Ways to Enjoy Nature in Your Own Backyard

    Chase Buffington
    Mar 31, 2020
    A long gaze outside and the certainty that normalcy is not soon. AWSP learning centers suggest you take a walk to your backyard. Time to get comfortable with what you see and explore the great potential.
  • A Message From State Superintendent Chris Reykdal

    David Morrill
    Mar 30, 2020
    Message from Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal to educators, parents, students, & seniors.
  • The Harbor: Social and Emotional Wellbeing Resources from Jostens Renaissance

    David Morrill
    Mar 27, 2020
    The team at Jostens went through the Harbor library and pulled the best 9 episodes addressing social and emotional wellbeing that are applicable to middle and high school. They actually screened these with some upper elementary students and believe they are applicable for that age group as well.
  • AWSP News for March 27, 2020

    David Morrill
    Mar 27, 2020
    In this unique edition of AWSP News, we discuss some of the impacts COVID-19 is having on AWSP, an opportunity to work on your professional learning, and what is NOT being cancelled.
  • What Does Strong Leadership Look Like During a Pandemic?

    Heidi Maurer, Kentlake HS Principal, KPA President-Elect
    Mar 25, 2020
    Our KPA Executive board got together last night to reflect on what strong leadership looks like in a pandemic. In times of crisis, it is even more important to think reflectively about our practice and how we are using our systems intelligence, personal intelligence, and social intelligence as we navigate the contexts around us. Below are some “leadership moves” that you might consider as we move forward.
  • Special Board Meeting regarding rulemaking, graduation requirements

    Stephanie Davidsmeyer, SBE
    Mar 23, 2020
    The State Legislature passed a new law (EHB 2965) supporting the state's response to the novel coronavirus. This law includes a provision (see Section 10) that allows the State Board of Education to grant an emergency waiver to local education agencies (e.g., school districts, etc.) and private schools.
  • Remote Work Tips and Tools & How AWSP Continues to Support You From Home

    David Morrill
    Mar 20, 2020
    In 2019, 16% of companies exclusively hired remote remote workers. In 2020, nobody could foresee the huge numbers of employees forced into working from home. Remote work has some clear benefits, but how do you adjust and adapt when your job is running a school full of adults and students? We’ve got more than just some bad puns for you. See if you can envision any of these tools or resources help bring your team together.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for April

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Mar 18, 2020
    When the requirement for comprehensive school and district safety plans was first written into law nearly 20 years ago, the legislature had some very insightful comments on the need for such plans.

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We're always looking for guest contributions. If you have a passion to write and things to share, email David about a guest post or a role as a recurring guest blogger. 

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