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  • Two Washington Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

    Roz Thompson
    Feb 13, 2020
    The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Ms. Dana S. Ahmed and Mr. Andre James Ramsey will join Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell in representing Washington in the nation’s capital during the 58th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 7 — 14, 2020. Dana Ahmed of Kennewick and Andre Ramsey of Spokane were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
  • January 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Meeting Summary

    AWSP Staff
    Feb 07, 2020
    Our AWSP and Foundation Board met January 25–26, our Grade Level Leadership Committees met on the 26th and 27th, and on the 28th, members of each joined our Advocacy Advisory Council for our annual Day on the Hill. We want to thank all the principals and assistant principals, plus special guests, who sacrificed time away from friends, family, and school to advocate for school leaders and students across the state.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 7, 2020

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Feb 07, 2020
    Legislative actions continue. As this is being written, the deadline for policy bills to leave committees has arrived. The next cut-off is February 11 for all bills that have a fiscal or monetary impact – either positive or negative. The Legislature’s fiscal committees, Senate Ways and Means and House Finance and Appropriations will be very busy – possibly working this weekend (House Appropriations) and late into the evenings trying to hear all of the bills dropped into them by the policy committees.
  • AWSP News for February 9, 2020

    David Morrill
    Feb 06, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss February as Future Educators Month, our “Give ‘Em Your Keys Campaign”, AWSP's third annual Future School Leaders Day, our Networked Community Improvement grant, Black History Month, our January Leadership and Advocacy weekend, the AWSP Day on the Hill, Senate Bill 6615, AWSL’s Middle-Level Regionals,  Summer Conference and a way to help fund your participation, and a reminder to nominate someone for Principal of the Year or Assistant Principal of the Year.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for February

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Feb 03, 2020
    Groundhog Day.  We look for a sign: winter coming to a close or continuing for 6 more weeks!  Valentine’s Day. We share signs of love and appreciation. Presidents Day. We recognize our presidents, a sign of our democracy. And robins. Sure signs of spring. Let’s hope we see some soon!
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for January 31, 2020

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Jan 31, 2020
    The big push has begun as bills will be moving out of their house of origin in order to clear the policy and fiscal deadlines and move toward adoption by the chambers. Some bills have yet, if ever, to be scheduled, and are not reported here yet, they may not be dead. Remember that bills dealing with dollars, (think COLA or SEBB), will stay ‘alive’ until SINE DIE as they fall into the ‘necessary to implement the budget’ category. These have been mentioned in previous reports. All of that and a SEBB meeting update.
  • Thinking About Retirement?

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Jan 31, 2020
    Since covering pension/retirement/health insurance issues on behalf of WASA and AWSP, there are a few important points we have learned. This is just a brief summary of selected retirement related topics. However, the importance of advance planning cannot be overstated. These are not issues to put off until the last month of either one’s impending retirement or approaching Medicare eligible age.
  • Health & Retirement Benefits for January 31, 2020

    Fred Yancey | Nexus Group
    Jan 30, 2020
  • AWSP News for January 26, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jan 28, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our January Advocacy Weekend, our annual Day on the Hill, the changes to our governance structure, AWSP's third annual Future School Leaders Day, a Networked Community Improvement grant, MTSS Fest, our “A Matter of Principals” podcast, our survey about the pay gap and your workload, a Seattle Times report on mental health and schools, and our Calm Room video.
  • 5 Things You Should Know About AWSP - Winter 2020 Edition

    David Morrill
    Jan 25, 2020
    Hi there. It’s your friendly state principals association reaching out to say hello. Be honest…how many of you just opened this blog post by accident? You might have meant to click on an update about Harry and Meghan and landed here instead. Either way, welcome…we’re glad you’re here.  A lot of you know us well already, but some of you are still getting to know us, and for those of you in that camp, you might not even know why you’re getting emails from AWSP*. Either way, let's all start here and check out this list of five things you need to know about AWSP.

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