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  • AWSP News for June 12, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 12, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss the OSPI Reopening Washington Schools 2020 Guidance, the University of Washington’s SMART Center “Hope and Cope” event, the Jostens Renaissance Virtual Conference, the AWSP/WASA Virtual Summer Conference, the AWSL camp staff coming to your campus this summer, resources for your equity journey, Microsoft US Education's incredible resources, our online change of status form, and a specific challenge issued by OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal.
  • Final Grades and Incompletes: A Resource for Doing No Harm

    Kurt Hatch, Associate Director, AWSP
    Jun 11, 2020
    As we proceed, let’s take a collective deep breath and ensure we do no harm in the present. Let’s avoid getting bogged down in the grading-during-a-pandemic question in order to create the bandwidth needed for everyone to focus on the future of school. Let’s ensure our decisions move past the problematic nature of pre-COVID grading. We have an opportunity to push the system towards evidence-based, student-centered, assessment practices, and creative ideas for returning to school in the fall.
  • There Must Be Space for Face-to-Face

    Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP
    Jun 05, 2020
    I’ve been “out of the building” now as a recovering high school principal for about seven years. My trips to the grocery store are still filled with high fives and hellos from kids and families. As a principal, I always prioritized relationships above all else, and the evidence of that can be found in any aisle of the grocery store to this day. There is no way those relationships would have happened with sixteen little video squares on a computer screen
  • AWSP News for June 5, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 05, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our statement on the tragic death of George Floyd and our continued commitment to lead an equitable and bright future, new guidance coming soon from the Department of Health and OSPI, the “Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Vaccinated” campaign, a statewide survey to collect student voice and perceptions about distance learning, a shout out to the Elementary GLLC, the 2020 AWSP/WASA Virtual Summer Conference and a message from Joe Sanfelippo, our Friday morning Coffee Chats, our online change of status form, and a Why Try Webinar.
  • Free Mentoring for Your Students From Ivy League College Students

    Kurt Hatch, Associate Director, AWSP
    Jun 04, 2020
    The COVID–19 shutdown unexpectedly sent thousands of university students home and left them disappointed and uncertain about their future. However, many of them knew they could rely on support networks to help them continue their coursework online. They also knew many K–12 students across the nation would struggle to maintain academic support networks and succeed with the limited supports being provided by their school district, so a group of Ivy Leaguers decided to create a free, online tutoring service. This is how CovEd was founded.
  • Virtual Graduation Questions? Microsoft Might Have Your Answers.

    David Morrill
    Jun 02, 2020
    With a little creativity and the right tools, there are ways to celebrate graduations safely this year and make positive memories for all. You're invited to join Microsoft live this Friday at 11 a.m. where they will share how you can create an engaging and rewarding virtual graduation experience for students, families, and educators alike. Use this link to access the conversation live via Microsoft Teams.
  • AWSP's Racial Equity Statement

    Jun 02, 2020
    Some might say we’ve come a long way as educational organizations, stakeholder groups, schools, districts, and higher education spent the last few years talking about and addressing systems of inequity. That progress is only the tip of the iceberg. We will never be able to rest on this pursuit until access, opportunities, expectations, and outcomes can no longer be predicted by the color of one’s skin. We can’t rest until we’ve equipped new generations and addressed the biases of older generations so there is never another horrific example like George Floyd.
  • AWSP Coffee Chat

    David Morrill
    May 29, 2020
    Come join us for our virtual coffee chat. 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.
  • Creating Schedules at Home

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    May 29, 2020
    During this “Stay Home, Stay Safe” period of time, we can all benefit from a little structure. At our recent spring AWSP board meeting, we discussed providing additional resources for families. Here is a resource the principals at the Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA) shared with us to help students in grades K-12 and their families create schedules to manage their time.
  • AWSP News for May 29, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 29, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss what school might look like in the fall, a brand new resource called the Principal Contract Guide, your own evaluation and some tools and resources to help you, our Virtual Summer Conference, the pre-conference registration deadline, the Association of Washington Student Leaders summer programs, new guidance from the Department of Health, Friday 7am coffee chats, and sharing with us the amazing leadership moves you are making every day.

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