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  • AWSP News for November 6, 2019

    David Morrill
    Nov 06, 2019
    In this episode of AWSP News we discuss principal superheroes and superpowers, our October Principal Leadership Weekend, the principal or assistant principal of the year award, AWSL’s Advisor of the Year, Representative Laurie Dolan, our 2019 Torch of Leadership Award winner, Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Highline Public Schools, the inaugural winner of the Systems Changemaker award from Teach for America (TFA) Washington, the 2020 Summer Conference, and a new survey.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for November

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Nov 01, 2019
    November is a month of thanks. As we head toward the holiday season, a big thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s National Bullying Prevention month. Also, thank you to all who dropped, covered and held on for the Great ShakeOut on October 17th. Each of these activities help ensure that all our students and staff are safer at school.
  • We're Changing our Principal of the Year Process. Here's Why.

    David Morrill
    Oct 17, 2019
    AWSP is redesigning our Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year program. In the past, we selected a Principal of the Year (POY) for elementary, middle, and high schools. We would either select one Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY), or recently, one for elementary and one for secondary. We’d love to explain all the reasons why we’re changing our (A)POY, but it might be faster for you to read War and Peace. You think we’re kidding…
  • AWSP TV: Thriving Schools with Kaiser Permanente WA

    David Morrill
    Oct 16, 2019
    Our Roz Thompson sits down with Jill Patnode, Thriving Schools Program Manager for Kaiser Permanente of Washington, to talk about all the programs and resources KP provides to support schools and the people in them.
  • AWSP News for October 16, 2019

    David Morrill
    Oct 16, 2019
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss the most trusted professional in all the country, our Facebook giveaway and this week's winners, your Principal’s Advisory Council, enrollment for the School Employee Benefits Board, our first-ever WELL Summit, a part-time position opening up at AWSP, our Washington Principal Magazine and nominating next year's Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year.
  • AWSP News for October 2, 2019

    Oct 02, 2019
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss National Principals Month, a special message from Governor Jay Inslee, our favorite contest of the year and the chance of winning a $25 Amazon gift card, using social media to tell the story of your school, our Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Award, AWSP, WASA and ESD sponsored School Leader Paradigm and Leadership Framework trainings, and resources provided by OSPI’s Safety Center.
  • Immigrant Students: WSSDA Model Policies and SB 5497

    Debbi Hardy and Gayle Mar Chun | Strengthening Sanctuary, Olympia
    Sep 26, 2019
    “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.”
  • Feeling the Impact: The Toll of Immigration in Schools

    Debbi Hardy and Gayle Mar Chun | Strengthening Sanctuary, Olympia
    Sep 26, 2019
    In the last couple of years, a number of policies and proposals have been implemented on a wide range of immigration enforcement issues such as border security, interior enforcement, tighter vetting on asylum hearings, exclusionary visas to certain groups of people, restricting temporary protected status/DACA, travel bans of certain countries, expansion of family separations, penalties for accessing public assistance, and most recently, proposed family detention centers without time limits. These policies can potentially impact 23 million non-citizens who live in the United States, as well as 12 million children who are predominantly U.S.-born.
  • Bring the Best Enrichment to Every Child

    Dr. Helen Wang, 6crickets Inc.
    Sep 25, 2019
    Most of our school-aged children have parents that work. These schedules can make it challenging for parents to find quality before/after school care for their children. They often look to schools to provide quality programs. In the attached article by Dr. Helen Wang, read how some of our Washington State Elementary schools are providing unique experiences for their students.
  • October's Safety High Five

    Mike Donlin | Program Supervisor, OSPI School Safety Center
    Sep 23, 2019
    Check out five great school safety tips courtesy of OSPI's Mike Donlin and their School Safety Center.

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