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  • Breakfast After the Bell: Collaborate to Overcome Challenges

    Mikhail (Misha) Cherniske, OSPI
    Aug 23, 2022
    Join educators across Washington state to learn about Breakfast After the Bell’s positive outcomes for students and schools as well as how to overcome common challenges. This webinar will focus on how teachers, principals, and building staff can collaborate with food services to create and sustain successful Breakfast After the Bell programs. Attend either September 1 or September 22 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Chase Buffington Wins AWSP’s 2022 President’s Award

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Aug 12, 2022
    Each year, the AWSP Board President has the opportunity to select an individual or group who demonstrates support of principals and the principalship in the education of each and every student. The Association of Washington School Principals is thrilled to announce that our 2022 President’s Award has been awarded to Chase Buffington, Director of the Cispus Learning Center.
  • Jim Eisenhardt is the Recipient of AWSP’s First-Annual Annalee Braley Membership Award for 2022

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Aug 12, 2022
    The Association of Washington School Principals is honored to present longtime AWSP member and friend Jim Eisenhardt with the first-annual Annalee Braley Membership Award. The award was officially presented to Jim during our annual luncheon at the AWSP/WASA Summer Conference in Spokane at the end of June.
  • Rep. Alicia Rule Wins AWSP’s 2022 Torch of Leadership Award

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Aug 09, 2022
    Each year, AWSP’s Advocacy Advisory Council has the opportunity to select a state-level public servant who has demonstrated support of principals and the principalship in the education of all students. For 2021, the Council selected Senator Sam Hunt as AWSP’s 2021 Torch of Leadership Award winner. Senator Hunt is a Democrat representing the 22nd legislative district, which includes Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and the surrounding areas.
  • School Counseling Survey for SSB 5030. OSPI Needs Your Voice

    Brittni Thompson, M.Ed, Program Supervisor, Secondary School Counseling, OSPI
    Aug 01, 2022
    In partnership with AWSP, OSPI would like to hear directly from building administrators about how to best support you and your colleagues with beginning the implementation of your district’s SSB 5030/Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CSCP) plan this coming year. Your feedback will inform our collaborative work with AWSP to develop resources, tools and training that can help you to feel inspired, hopeful, and ready to leverage SSB 5030 to support improved student outcomes through the CSCP.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for August 2022

    Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor, School Safety Center, OSPI
    Aug 01, 2022
    Last year was quite a year, to put it mildly. I suspect that we are all hoping to return to a bit more normalcy in 22–23. We know, though, that there will be a lot of change moving forward. Here are some school safety thoughts to help navigate the changes and find a new normal. Comprehensive school safety plans, sometimes referred to as Emergency Operations Plans or EOPs), are required by law (RCW 28A.320.125). This is not new. What is new, though, is the fact that now, for the 1st time, we have some required data around those plans. We will be collecting more this school year, as well.
  • School Celebration Newsletter | August 2022 Edition

    Cindy Sholtys-Cromwell, Principal, Loowit High School and Kelso Virtual Academy (K-12), Kelso School District
    Aug 01, 2022
    How in the world did it get to June? We are almost halfway through 2022 and I am not sure how that happened. I learned a long time ago the days can go by so slowly, BUT the years, they fly by. This seems more true now than ever. I know many of you have already completed your 2021 | 2022 school year, however, a few of us (myself included) still have a couple of weeks of celebration and milestones to push through. The finish line is in sight, so remember to find joy in the work EVERY single day. You are amazing and YOU are making a difference in the lives of so many. Be well and remember to drop me a line if you need any support. Happy June, Cindy.
  • WANTED: Amazing Mentors for New School Leaders

    Gina Yonts, Associate Director, AWSP
    Jul 21, 2022
    AWSP is recruiting principals with 5+ years of school leadership experience to participate in the AWSP Mentor Program. If you’d like to give back, apply to serve as a mentor as part of our mentoring cadre. Are you a new principal or AP? Apply for a mentor!
  • Early Bird Registration - Disability Roadmap Webinar/Podcast Series

    Dr. Chris Espeland, Inclusion Director, AWSP
    Jul 21, 2022
    Sign up to reserve your spot in the 2022-2023 school year My Disability Roadmap Webinar/Podcast Series featuring Samuel Habib, Dan Habib, and the groundbreaking adults with disabilities featured in their new film.  Register to join some or all of these nine rich discussions on inclusive education, postsecondary transition, and disability rights.
  • The Power and Importance of Student Voice

    James Layman, Director, Association of Washington Student Leaders
    Jul 11, 2022
    I always ask, “Have you asked your students yet?” This question opens the door to possibilities and discoveries. Students are the experts at being students. I will say that again so that it can truly marinate… students, are the experts at being students. Adults are no longer the experts; they are. We get to use our lived experiences and positionality to support students achieve academic and social success.

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