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  • Legislative Update for February 12, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Feb 12, 2021
    We’ve had a great advocacy week thanks to so many of our AWSP members reaching out to meet with their legislators. I have enjoyed the Zoom meetings and email exchanges as principals have been getting prepped for these important conversations and I’ve been able to Zoom into several regional meetings to share a legislative update. Our voice is always needed across the state to help those creating policy ensure that the right decisions are being made for students. If you have specific questions or want to get involved with advocacy, let me know.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Feb. 12 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Feb 12, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 12, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Feb 12, 2021
    “What campaigns are for is weeding out the people who, for one way or another, weren’t making it for the long haul.” ~ Calvin Trilling. Substitute the word “bills” for “people” and the current legislative process is summarized. As cut-offs happen, bills ‘die’ (with the caveat that any bill can be resurrected at the legislature’s will). They don’t make it for the long haul. Lobbying, (campaigning) is the primary vehicle for either ‘killing’ a bill or keeping it alive. That is why contact with legislators throughout the session is so critical.
  • Legislative Update for February 5, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Feb 05, 2021
    Each week of this session has brought a slew of new bills, ideas, and conversation related to education funding and policy. In addition, there is an incredible amount of new information each week related to health and safety practices for reopening schools released by OSPI, the Department of Health, and the Governor’s Office. Hang in there and know that you are not alone with this onslaught of information. Reach out if you have questions or need clarification on anything.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 5, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Feb 05, 2021
    Legislators propose policies and budget dollars. Sessions, also, often focus on main themes. This year’s focus issues are Budget, Covid–19, Equity (Racial and Police-related) and Climate issues. “Education” is woven throughout most of these, and often acts in one area have consequences in another. Thus, it’s tricky.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Feb. 5 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Feb 05, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • I'm Not "Fine"

    Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP
    Feb 04, 2021
    2020 was rough. Pretty sure I’m pointing out the obvious, but it feels good to acknowledge out loud and quite publicly that it was a tough year. What makes a year like 2020 even harder is when we find ourselves in leadership positions. As leaders, we are called to be strong, resilient, stoic, positive, and hopeful through all the peaks and valleys of leadership. During my time as a principal, I quickly learned that my physical, emotional, and spiritual health took a backseat to everyone else. I spent most of my days (and nights) monitoring, nurturing, and encouraging all those within my purview. I had no idea about the amount of mental health counseling I would be doing as a principal on a daily basis. Despite a super long learning curve about human behavior, I did quickly become an expert at internalizing all of my emotions, struggles, stresses, and anxiety in order to attempt to be a smiling, joyful, and positive face for everyone else. Well, guess what? That’s not healthy and is not realistic.
  • 5 Moore Minutes: The Importance of Presuming Competence

    Feb 02, 2021
    The first of five in the “P” series, this video targets one of the biggest barriers to inclusive education - mindset. This video will encourage you to reflect on your own assumptions about disability and start to take action to disrupt the ableist structures in education by taking a very important first step... presuming competence in all students.
  • Adventure Backpack Drop-Offs

    Chase Buffington, Cispus Learning Center Director, AWSP/WSPEF
    Feb 01, 2021
    Teachers and principals were happy to hear from Cispus, AWSL, and AWSP the last couple weeks. Our team delivered adventure backpacks to the teachers and principals pictured above: Dan Garry, teacher at Washington Elementary; Kira Duncan, teacher, and Shannon Richards, principal, at Oakville Elementary; and Amy Dunnagan, principal at Mossyrock Elementary. Other recipients include Wade Iseminger, teacher in Ocosta SD, and Todd Graves, principal in Ridgefield SD.
  • AWSP News for January 29, 2021

    David Morrill
    Jan 29, 2021
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss some terrific professional development from world class inclusionary practices experts, tons of great free classes and resources for you to check out our Learning Management System, AWSL’s “I Am, We Are” Martin Luther King Day assembly, our Advocacy efforts and our Legislative Update newsletter, the 2021-22 Intern Grant Application, and a new collaborative workshop, “Turn Up The Volume On Student Voice.”

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