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  • OSPI School Safety Tips for June

    Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor, School Safety Center, OSPI
    May 25, 2021
    It is wonderful to know that schools will be fully open in the fall! It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication on everyone’s part to make it through the pandemic. None of us has come through unscathed, but hopefully, we have come through stronger.
  • Eatonville Students Dig Gardening

    Carl Hehemann, ELA and Hands-on-Health Teacher, Eatonville School District
    May 24, 2021
    To students and staff at Columbia Crest, their garden is not a way to get out of the classroom, it is a way to bring the classroom outside; or, perhaps, to bring the outside into the classroom.  Between helping a community save money and gain access to fresh produce, to helping students engage and apply their more traditional lessons, the Columbia Crest gardening program is helping to grow a healthier and happier community…and the kids really dig it.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | May 21 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    May 21, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • AWSP News for May 21, 2021

    David Morrill
    May 21, 2021
    In this this special edition of AWSP News, we discuss our role in the Inclusionary Practices Project, common language on what inclusion looks, feels, and acts like within a school context, the difference between inclusion, exclusion, integration, and segregation, what we learned along the way, and some incredible content, tool boxes, webinars, podcasts and more for school leaders and school teams to learn from and implement in their buildings.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for May 21, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    May 20, 2021
    The legislative session has concluded, the Governor has acted, and now as the show goes on, districts have to adjust. Clearly, the COVID virus, and Federal and state efforts to lessen the financial impacts on states, businesses, and individuals, came into play during this session.
  • Federal Funds for Students Experiencing Homelessness

    Katara Jordan, Building Changes
    May 20, 2021
    Building Changes is an organization whose mission is to “advance equitable responses to homelessness in Washington State, with a focus on children, youth, and families and the systems that serve them.” They recently shared an important planning document for school districts to use as they develop their Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plans.  In addition to significant amounts of federal funding coming to school districts to help with learning recovery and supports for students, there are federal funds coming to districts that are specifically designed to “identify, provide wraparound services to, and assist students experiencing homelessness in attending schools and participating fully in school activities.”
  • Survey for the Return to Learn COVID-19 Testing Program

    Sarah Sutton, MPH, Director of School Programs, Health Commons Project
    May 19, 2021
    The Learn to Return COVID-19 testing program is a FREE and voluntary service to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools. Over 100 school districts are currently taking part and testing their staff, students and community members. To better understand the reasons the remaining schools have not yet enrolled and to help overcome barriers to enrollment, we are asking school administrators and staff to answer a few questions. If you or someone you know would be willing to share your thoughts, please take the short, 5-minute survey. Your responses are completely anonymous. Thank you in advance for your time and attention!
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | May 14 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    May 14, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • No U-Turns: Moving Forward Beyond the Pandemic

    James Layman, Director, AWSL
    May 13, 2021
    As we get ready to close the doors on the 2020-2021 school year, the big questions and musings are starting to rumble beneath the surface. "I can't wait until we can ______________ again." "Remember when we use to _________________? I cannot wait until we can do that again." Now is an extraordinary time to assess these ponderings and begin to examine what "needs" to come back in our post-COVID era and what is best for students as we continue to move through these times of "what's next?" This week I got to work with middle school students, and I asked the question, "What have been some positives of the past year?" Their answers were riveting, powerful, profound, and revealing!
  • Legislative Update for May 7, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    May 07, 2021
    This year’s legislative session ended on time after 105 days. It’s been described as unique, historic, surprising, and consequential. Despite economic concerns about our state revenue last summer and fall, and uncertainty about how the Legislature would run its process to hear and pass bills in a mostly virtual manner, some significant bills passed and the final budgets boosted spending on many different programs.

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