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  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | September 10 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    Sep 10, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • AWSP News for September 10, 2021

    Xenia Doualle
    Sep 10, 2021
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss AWSL's Reimagining Recess, Washington Principal article contributions, professional learning opportunities, our all-new “Level-Up Your Leadership” series, our new upcoming series: Becoming a Culturally-Competent School Leader NOW, WASA's new Aspiring Central Office Leadership Academy, the United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, and sad news regarding our family here at AWSP.
  • Establishing Foster Care Points of Contact

    Peggy Carlson, Foster Care Program Supervisor, OSPI
    Sep 02, 2021
    Students in foster care often face academic and social/emotional/behavioral challenges beyond those experienced by their non-foster care peers. When students are connected with a caring adult, are attending school regularly, and have the supports they need, they are more likely to be successful in school and in life. Establishing a building point of contact will support coordination of resources and facilitate compliance with state and federal laws related to students in foster care.
  • Outdoor Education Opportunities

    Brianna Berkson, Data Consultant, Center for Economic and Business Research, WWU
    Aug 31, 2021
    As Washington State considers future funding for outdoor education, there is no better time to have your voice be heard!  The Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) is working on behalf of the Washington State Legislature to learn more about the outdoor education opportunities currently being offered to students (if any), as well as your desires for the future.
  • 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.

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