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  • OSPI School Safety Tips for September

    Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor, School Safety Center, OSPI
    Aug 30, 2021
    Remember HB 1216 (2019) which created requirements around an optional School Resource Officer (SRO) program? Well, 1216 has been replaced! ESHB 1214 (2021) expands and modifies that earlier legislation and impacts the work of not just SROs, but all K–12 public school safety and security classified staff or contractors.
  • Job Jar is Down

    Xenia Doualle, Digital Content Creator, AWSP
    Aug 23, 2021
    Our job jar is currently down. We apologize for the inconvenience. Our IT support company is working with the job jar vendor to restore functionality as quickly as possible, but we don't have an ETA at the moment.
  • AWSP News for August 20, 2021

    Xenia Doualle
    Aug 20, 2021
    In our kickoff episode for the 2021-22 school year, we discuss the recent mandate from the Governor about required vaccinations for K12 employees, Superintendent Reykdal comparing the fight against the delta variant to a chess match, reaching out to us in case of conflicts, a survey to develop a plan to fund outdoor school programs, an OSPI grant to help ASB funding impacted by HB 1660, a great new resource to share from Chad’s Legacy Project and the SMART Center on mental health instruction, the 2021 Healthy Youth Survey, our amazing ProLearning offerings, networks, networks, networks, and the “Triple A” for school leaders.
  • The Mental Health Literacy Library

    Todd & Laura Crooks, Founders, Chad's Legacy Project
    Aug 19, 2021
    Teachers and students alike recognize the importance of reducing the stigma of mental illness and the benefits of good mental health. Proven benefits include increased student productivity and, more importantly, reduced suicidal ideation. The stigma associated with mental illness has contributed to a well-documented eight to ten-year delay from onset of mental health issues and illnesses to delivered services, with many never even receiving care. While some students may now be receiving mental health education, systemic inequities also exist in terms of availability, delivery, and depth of content. Two obstacles largely contribute to this inequity.
  • Sen. Hunt Wins AWSP’s 2021 Torch of Leadership Award

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Aug 10, 2021
    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.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for August

    Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor, School Safety Center, OSPI
    Aug 02, 2021
    Looking ahead, ‘21-‘22 is going to be a busy year. As we begin to kick it off, COVID still plays a major part in our school safety preparation efforts. Masks. Distancing. Hand washing. And that’s just the starters. Over the course of this year’s blogs, I plan to address several other school safety topics as well: school mapping, HB 1214, HIB, drills, equity, threat assessment, behavioral health, data requirements, and more. If you have a topic you would like to see included, please let me know.
  • 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.

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