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  • Profile of a Graduate Feedback for the State Board of Education

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Jul 22, 2021
    The State Board of Education wants to hear from you about graduation and how students show they are prepared with the skills needed to thrive in life after high school. Learn more about this work and get an opportunity to provide feedback during a listening session.
  • What's Kraken? AWSP Interviews a Trailblazer

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Jul 21, 2021
    As part of our celebrity Summer Conference news interview series, Dr. Scott Seaman and Communications & Technology Director David Morrill joined Kraken broadcaster Everett Fitzhugh to talk about his path to the NHL as the first black play-by-play hockey announcer. He has a unique story about culture and belonging and shares how the Kraken is breaking down barriers and creating a diverse, inclusive staff in a sport where that's the exception and not the norm. Everett has great stories, insight, lessons, and plenty of humor. You'll want to watch all the way to the end for this one.
  • Pencils Down: The Year Pre-College Tests Went Away

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Jul 20, 2021
    Not too long ago, our Executive Director Dr. Scott Seaman wrote his "I Am More Than a Test Score" blog. Along those same lines, AWSL Director James Layman has a couple of quotes in this piece from Knowable Magazine.
  • As We Go Back, We Need to Go Out(side)

    Shelley Barker, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, Outdoor Schools WA
    Jul 13, 2021
    There’s nothing like more than a year of pandemic learning to make us examine past practices and consider better and healthier ways! One change your school might consider is making a purposeful effort to take learning outside. In the report “Back to School: Back Outside” (Kevin J. Coyle, National Wildlife Federation, 2010), research shows how a “green hour” built into classroom routines has a positive impact on students’ focus, attitude toward work, behavior, connections with others, and even standardized test scores.
  • And the President's Award Goes to...

    Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP
    Jul 12, 2021
    Some dream about winning an Emmy, Grammy or Golden Globe Award. Others fantasize about walking to the stage to accept an Academy Award. Some dream of ticker tape, fireworks, and packed stadiums while being crowned a Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, WNBA or World Series Champ. Others dream about stepping up on the Olympic podium as a new world record holder gold medalist. While others place their life’s work into winning a Nobel Peace Prize. And, finally, of course, above all recognition, the world waits with bated breath for the annual AWSP President’s Award.
  • Join Us For Our End of the Year Celebration & Annual Luncheon

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Jun 28, 2021
    Come join us free, end-of-year celebration and annual luncheon. Well, not totally do have to supply your own lunch. Connect with us and principals and assistant principals across the state, find out who we interviewed for our "who's your favorite principal" celebrity surprise, and see if you win any prizes. We can’t wait to see you there!
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | June 25 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    Jun 25, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • AWSP News for June 17, 2021

    David Morrill
    Jun 17, 2021
    In this final episode of AWSP News for this year, we discuss sharing any updates to guide how we might be opening our schools in the fall, this year’s virtual Summer Conference and the annual AWSP Summer Conference lunch program, the incredible programs and networks that your AWSP ProLearning Team has put together, making outdoor education accessible to all kids and an Outdoor School survey, programs and opportunities for developing your student leaders, how an AWSL “School” Membership supports your school, and our annual reminder to reach out to us as you head into your final evaluation with your supervisor.
  • Office Closure (6/18) for Juneteenth

    Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP
    Jun 15, 2021
    AWSP will close this Friday June 18th, in recognition of Juneteenth (June 19th). Starting in 2022, Washington state will recognize June 19th as an official state holiday. Although this recognition as a state holiday is over 150 years overdue, AWSP is going to start this year.
  • Ideas for Summer Reading

    Roz Thompson, Government Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Jun 15, 2021
    When you’re ready to jump into some professional reading, check out this list of books that Jack Arend and I created based on some of the books that we are reading or that we hear others mention. We also provide some tips for engaging your staff in a book study, if that is something that you are considering.

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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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David Morrill | Communications & Technology Director | (800) 562-6100

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