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  • Don't Let New Discipline Rules Get You In Trouble

    Scott Friedman
    Aug 24, 2018
    I’m in trouble...I’m not in I in trouble? Confused? After two years of writing and revising, OSPI finally adopted new state rules (WACs) for student discipline. The rules describe how school administrators discipline students, communicate with parents, and provide guidance and due process expectations for suspended or expelled students.
  • What the Heck is Juuling?

    David Morrill
    Jul 27, 2018
    I've heard of vaping, but "juuling" is new to me. If you're now sure what "juuling" is, it's basically a form of vaping often difficult to detect. We've heard from principals about the many challenges vaping presents in schools, one of the main ones being, you have no clue what's being vaporized and ingested.
  • TVW Interviews Our Middle Level Principal of the Year with Mandy Manning

    David Morrill
    Jun 29, 2018
    For the third year in a row, TVW's Inside Olympia interviewed Washington's Teacher of the Year and one of our Principals of the Year. This year, the teacher also happened to be the National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning. Our Middle Level Principal of the Year, Marc Gallaway, represented principals.
  • Dear Principals: A Letter From the Washington Library Association

    Craig Seasholes & Marianne Costello
    Jun 21, 2018
    Dear Principals, This year’s Basic Education Funding Bill has given your school an unprecedented opportunity to update a significant capital resource: your library. Substitute Senate Bill 6362designated for library materials in the Basic Education Funding bill created a $20/FTE line item for libraries.
  • AWSP News for June 21, 2018

    David Morrill
    Jun 21, 2018
    Welcome to our last AWSP News for the 2017-18 school year, where we discuss feedback for the AWSP Leadership Framework rubric language, examining your cultural competence and racial identity to become the best leader you can be, updates from OSPI, the State Board of Education, and bills from this last session, mental health first responders, more high five goodness, updating your info with us, and Scott says thanks.
  • Border Separation Policy Statements

    Kurt Hatch
    Jun 20, 2018
    Our mission is to support principals and the principalship in the education of all students. Part of supporting the education of all students is our core responsibility as educators to fearlessly shield children from traumatic events, ensure their safety and advocate for the health and well-being of all children, particularly those most vulnerable. The statements below from the national associations were all issued before President Trump signed an executive order ending the forcible separation. Here's a good explainer from CNN on what the order actually does from CNN.
  • Summer Healthcare and Pensions Update

    Roz Thompson
    Jun 13, 2018
    Fred Yancey, a retired principal and superintendent, represents AWSP on issues related to health care and retirement. Check out his summer conference update linked here with updates about the School Employee Benefit Board (SEBB), the Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB), and pensions. Fred can be reached at if you have questions.
  • How to Search For Jobs on

    David Morrill
    Jun 06, 2018
    There are two ways to view jobs on AWSP now. If you’re a member, you have to log in. If you know your password, everything should be simple and straightforward. Sadly, our programmers are still trying to sort out some issues with our web platform and our member management database. More on this in a minute. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for one year of free access to view our job postings.
  • AWSP News for June 6, 2018

    David Morrill
    Jun 06, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our new website, the Healthy Youth Survey, joining a Networked Improvement Community with a clip from Jason Smith, the Gender Odyssey Conference, cultural items for tribal students during graduation, a tip from Dr. Roz, UW's Leadership for Learning program, and high five and hug data.
  • AWSP News for May 23, 2018

    David Morrill
    May 31, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we're coming to you from our remodeled studio to discuss Principal Appreciation Night with the Tacoma Rainiers, two great new additions expanding our reach across the state, the Retreat at the Peak Summit at Chewelah Peak, the latest Golden Apple Moment from PEMCO, increasing student voice, our coaching and mentoring efforts, and the PESB's grants for micro credentialing.

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