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  • New! Washington Schools on the Rise Award!

    James Layman, Director, AWSL
    Apr 11, 2024
    Introducing the "Washington Schools on the Rise" award by AWSL/AWSP! This award celebrates schools where students and adults collaborate to improve culture and amplify student voice. AWSP and its Foundation support these schools with resources and opportunities. These schools foster inclusive and equitable environments. Know a school on the rise? Nominate them today and honor their commitment to excellence in education!
  • Retirement & Health Benefits | 2024 Session Summary

    Fred Yancey, The Nexus Group LLC
    Apr 03, 2024
    Session has concluded and the Governor has acted. Here is brief summary of pension, health care, and other legislation that will impact school districts, present staff, and future retirees. The work to implement the changes continues.
  • HearMeWA Tip Responder Training: April

    Monserrat Jauregui, Youth Outreach Lead, Washington State Office of the Attorney General
    Apr 02, 2024
    HearMeWA is on schedule to soft launch on April 30, 2024. At that time, the program will go live. The website will include information on how youth can submit tips via app, text, chat, web-form, and phone call. We will be piloting a best practices toolkit and developing a marketing toolkit during this time.
  • And the Greatest of These is Love: Partnering with Parents

    Deborah Henderson, Assistant Principal, Frank Wagner Elementary, Monroe SD
    Apr 01, 2024
    The walkie crackled, “Sky’s mother is in the office.” I pushed the button, “Copy. I’ll be right down.” I signaled to the teacher I would be back. She continued to watch Sky as he was starting to right the chairs he had thrown. As I walked, I repeated my mantra for hard family meetings: “be credible, be a partner, show love.”
  • Cultivating Hope: It's Never Too Late

    Dr. Dana Stiner, Principal, Pine Tree Elementary, Kent SD
    Apr 01, 2024
    Elementary School was extremely challenging for me. I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole and it wasn’t working. When I think about those early years, I felt tremendous embarrassment that I would be “found out.” I struggled in all basic education skills. I couldn’t read or spell basic words, math was impossible and don’t get me started on science. I was a latchkey kid from a broken home in a small rural town. I was different, and I felt it.
  • Hopes and Dreams: A Story of Belonging

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal, Spanaway Middle School, Bethel SD
    Apr 01, 2024
    When someone holds onto their hopes and dreams, they possess powerful encouragement that can help them overcome any obstacle in their way. Having a clear vision of what they want to achieve can provide a person with a sense of purpose to fuel determination and inspire perseverance. George Washington Carver once said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” This highlights the importance of having a clear goal or dream, as it can provide a person with direction and motivation to push through tough obstacles. With hopes and dreams, individuals can transform their lives and reach the unreachable heights they may have once thought impossible. This is a story of a girl who had such dreams.
  • Tapping Into Hidden Potential — A Book Summary From The Main Idea

    Jenn David-Lang, Founder, The Main Idea
    Mar 25, 2024
    Are we truly tapping into each student’s fullest potential? We know that every single student has potential for growth and achievement, but it’s not always so clear how to unleash that potential in schools. Adam Grant’s latest book, Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, has some great ideas for us. Adam is an organizational psychologist but I chose to summarize this book because his research and ideas have important implications for us in education. What does Grant suggest we do to bring out the best in students? He has a multi-level approach (and I love that each starts with an S!)
  • School Celebration Newsletter | April 2024

    Cindy Sholtys-Cromwell, Principal, Loowit High School and Kelso Virtual Academy (K-12), Kelso School District
    Mar 25, 2024
    I love APRIL. Springtime brings crazy schedules for the Cromwell family. However, I am determined to enjoy these precious moments with my family along with the later sunsets, the blooming flowers, the birds chirping in the morning, and evenings on the back deck. All of these beautiful signs of spring make me smile. This month of April you need not to feel guilty about shutting down your phone for an evening or weekend. Go for a walk, turn the music up a bit louder on your drive to and from work, get a massage, AND treat yourself to some me time. April is when we are starting to see the finish line for this school year, so fill YOUR bucket. I know you will find this edition of the School Celebration Newsletter helpful to bring laughter, joy, and appreciation to your work
  • Elementary Leaders, NAESP Needs Your Vote

    Tamera Marcoe, Assistant Principal, Hunt Elementary School, Puyallup SD
    Mar 19, 2024
    Last week, I had the honor of representing our state and AWSP members at the NAESP National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. While there, I was able to hear from both candidates running for NAESP Vice-President. Both candidates were able to answer the questions put before them, though Ann-Marie Gleason articulated her thoughts and personalized her stories. Whoever wins the election will be representing our voice through discussions with leaders and legislators across our states and in our country’s capital
  • The Greatness Guide: Leaders Make Tough Choices

    Lisa M. Upton, Principal, Kiona-Benton City Elementary School, Kiona-Benton School District
    Mar 15, 2024
    I’ve realized that in the world of leadership, the path less traveled is often paved with tough decisions and unwavering values. It's not about being everyone's favorite, and being kind doesn’t make you weak. Leadership is about making decisions that, while they may not please everyone, are in the best interest of students, staff, community, and the mission at hand.

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