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  • AWSP News for November 7, 2018

    David Morrill
    Nov 07, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our recent AWSP TV episode with former Governor Christine Gregoire about leadership and the role of the principal, how our Political Action Committee supports the candidates who support you and your students, our upcoming professional learning opportunities and Title II funding, a workshop to help you improve your public speaking, American Education Week, some great resources on the ASCD website, Ballard High School principal Keven Wynkoop’s Principal of the Year Award from the Washington Library Association, a student leadership question from Ryan Block for our #AskAWSP segment, the US Senate Youth Scholarship and how to get your students eligible, and a great podcast for some health and nutrition tips.
  • AWSP News for October 17, 2018

    David Morrill
    Oct 17, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our principal pay survey, our board structure and upcoming meeting, our advocacy committee and PAC, our upcoming advocacy platform, our Clear Risk Solutions and Seattle Pacific University sponsorships, more great feedback from Principals Month, AWSL's Starting in the Middle publication and how it can help your middle school leadership programs, and preview our new studio and first talk show with Dr. Caprice Hollins and Jack Arend.
  • Principal Partners for Legislators

    Roz Thompson
    Oct 10, 2018
    Become a Principal Partner for Legislators to connect more regularly with a legislator you already have a relationship with or with whom you are interested in developing a better relationship. It’s easy!
  • Help for Mental Health

    Roz Thompson
    Oct 10, 2018
    When talking to family, friends and students, and interact with coworkers, we know that lots of people around us are dealing with mental health issues. So what can we do? When does a situation become an illness or a crisis? How can we help until professionals can take over? The City of Auburn developed a one hour mental health training so that anyone can be a first responder to mental health needs.
  • AWSP News for October 3, 2018

    David Morrill
    Oct 03, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, Kurt Hatch fills in for Scott Seaman and we discuss the challenges and rewards of the principals job, National and State Principals Month, our Facebook contest to celebrate the month, how much the average principal is working, Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year nominations, Cameron Grow's Fast Five Video for Creating a Positive Staff Culture, proposals for presenting at the Pave the Way Conference put on by the Washington Student Achievement Council, two OSPI webinars related to student discipline, getting eligible students to vote, Prudentials 24th annual Spirit of Community Awards, and CSTPs 15th birthday.
  • Cameron Grow's Five Tips for Creating a Positive Staff Culture

    David Morrill
    Oct 01, 2018
    Cameron Grow, principal at Lincoln Middle School in the Pullman School District, gives five great tips (and a bonus) for creating a great staff culture.
  • Senator Lisa Wellman Wins AWSP’s 2018 Torch of Leadership Award

    David Morrill
    Sep 21, 2018
    Senator Lisa Wellman is the winner of AWSP’s 2018 Torch of Leadership Award. Senator Wellman is a Democrat representing the 41st Legislative District which serves Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle and parts of Issaquah.
  • AWSP News for September 19, 2018

    David Morrill
    Sep 18, 2018
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss post-strike and post-bargaining focus on culture, the closing gap between teacher and principal pay and what we're doing about it, including our recent survey, participating with us and our #AskAWSP segment, Robert Hand, our new state Teacher of the Year, nominating a great colleague for Principal of the Year, Senator Wellman, our 2018 Torch of Leadership winner, great resources for you to communicate with parents on the GearUp website, taking the lead on learning in your building, and using student voice to keep students engaged and motivated.
  • Strikes, Pay, and Workload: We're Here for You

    Roz Thompson
    Sep 11, 2018
    We know many of you are in unchartered territory. The start of the school year always brings excitement and stress, but the changes the Legislature made to the way we fund schools have also brought confusion, chaos, anger, frustration, and uncertainty. It's not been a good summer for bargaining, and we know many of you across the state are still dealing with the anxiety and challenges created by a work stoppage, or the very real threat of one.
  • AWSP News for September 5, 2018

    David Morrill
    Sep 05, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss teacher strikes across the state, the shrinking gap between principal and teacher pay, some great ideas for starting the year off right, our interview with Washington comedian and actor Joel McHale, some safety and vaping resources from OSPI, another OSPI budget survey, your goals for the year, our goals for the year and two new staff to support the east side of the state, our new #AskAWSP segment, and a great quote about principal leadership from former Governor Christine Gregoire.

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