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  • 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.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | May 7 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    May 07, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • Resisting "Back to Normal"

    Brett Wille, Principal, Monroe High School
    May 03, 2021
    Over the last year during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we’ve all heard this sentiment over and over: “I can’t wait to get back to normal!” As leaders, likely we’ve uttered that very statement many times in moments of exhaustion. Yet as we think about equity and inclusive practices that move us towards meeting the needs of all children, do we really want to go “back to normal?" If we are honest with ourselves, going back to normal is the last thing we should be trying to do.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | April 30 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    Apr 30, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for April

    Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor, School Safety Center, OSPI
    Apr 29, 2021
    On April 22, 2021, SHB 1484 was sent to the Governor for his signature. SHB 1484 is an act relating to the statewide first responder building mapping information system, commonly referred to as the ‘school mapping system.’ By way of history, following the Columbine High School mass shooting in 1999 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, a lot of national attention focused on school safety. Within the state of Washington, two parallel sets of requirements were soon put into law. In 2002, the Legislature passed SSB 5543 (RCW28A.320.125) requiring districts and schools to develop comprehensive school safety plans. In 2003, RCW 36.28A.060 called for the development of a statewide first responder mapping system for all state and local government buildings.
  • School Celebration Newsletter | May Edition

    Cindy Cromwell, Alternative Learning Education Administrator for the Kelso School District
    Apr 29, 2021
    I love the later sunsets, the blooming flowers (even though it brings out my husband's allergies), the birds in the morning, smell of fresh bark, and evenings on my deck. All of those signs of the changing season make me smile. However, April brings with it a new level of exhaustion for educators. Sprinkle in the constant changes due to the pandemic this year and well its a constant game of real life "FLOOR IS LAVA". I know you are fatigued and I want to recognize the FACT you are awesome.
  • Want Some Ideas? Ask a Principal.

    Dr. Scott Seaman, AWSP Executive Director
    Apr 29, 2021
    The research continues to be very clear about the important role principals play in the system. Leaders of culture, systems, and learning. Creators of hope. This became even more clear as I watched our amazing principals lead during COVID. Their leadership during the last year has been nothing short of extraordinary. Now, let’s not overlook their leadership, persistence, commitment, and experience as districts begin developing those plans. Who has the best glimpse into what each individual school needs? Principals. So, let’s make sure we ask them.
  • Thoughts on the Chauvin Verdict

    Apr 23, 2021
    This past Tuesday, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death. This poignant and pivotal moment represents another chapter in our country's dialog on policing and race relations. As educators, we should use it to elevate our conversations on race, on justice and accountability, and on the future of our communities.
  • AWSP News for April 23, 2021

    David Morrill
    Apr 23, 2021
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss National Assistant Principals Week, NAESP recognizing AWSP for the highest membership count and percentage in the country, the Washington State Legislature considering a budget request for Outdoor School, Roz's legislative update, AWSL's Summer Leadership Series, a chance to help a rock star AP Capstone student and a Phd Student, and the 2021 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference.

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