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  • Retirement & Health Benefit Report for January 24, 2020

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Jan 24, 2020
    Hearings and any resulting actions moving bills out of committees have begun as both houses move toward the first cut-off date. This is only a summary of bills that have had some degree of action to date or have been recently introduced. Last week’s report covered all the bills that been introduced to date.
  • Retirement & Health Benefit Report for January 17, 2020

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Jan 17, 2020
    In the beginning, there were close to 300 bills pre-filed even before the Legislature convened. And then, once started, new bills continue to be introduced. Included among those are a number of bills affecting pensions, health, and job benefits.
  • Ridgeview Elementary's Calm Room

    David Morrill
    Jan 16, 2020
    As part of a PBIS initiative, Ridgeview Elementary in the Yakima School District created a space called the "Calm Room" to help students with social-emotional learning. The Calm Room is a place where students and staff members can come and relax when needed.
  • AWSP News for January 12, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jan 12, 2020
    In this first episode of AWSP News for 2020, we discuss another great monthly school safety newsletter, AWSP's third annual Future School Leaders Day, a Capturing Kids’ Hearts workshop, the AWSP Advocacy Advisory Council, a message from Roz Thompson, a call for presenters at this May’s Annual Equity Conference, some new Fact or Fiction videos for you about the new Graduation Pathways, the Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO) at the Cispus Learning Center, an opportunity to serve a two-year term on the AWSL Student Voice & Advocacy Board, and a reminder about the powerful and impactful role you have as a school leader.
  • Resources for Combatting Domestic Violence

    David Morrill
    Jan 10, 2020
    According to data from the US Center for Disease Control, one in four women (and one in 10 men) have been victims of domestic violence. One in three teens have experienced dating violence. Help and resources are out there. Check out this great list of resources provided by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and while you're at it, make sure you know how to find your local support center.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for January

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Jan 09, 2020
    No doubt there will be a lot of new technology coming into homes over the holidays. Check out and share the Connect Safely Guides. You’ll find both one-page Quick Guides and longer Parent Guides to help all adults understand many of the apps, sites, and technologies which they may be seeing or hearing about.
  • AWSP TV - Ep. 20 - Choose 180 with Sean Goode

    David Morrill
    Jan 06, 2020
    Dr. Scott Seaman sits down with Sean Goode, CEO of Choose 180, to talk about hope for kids.
  • AWSP TV - Ep. 18 - Justyn Poulos

    David Morrill
    Dec 28, 2019
    Kurt Hatch sits down with OSPI Director of MTSS Justyn Poulos to discuss MTSS.
  • Fact or Fiction? Classroom Exclusions #4

    David Morrill
    Dec 28, 2019
    Fact or Fiction? A student is directed to leave the classroom in order to have a conversation with the teacher in the hallway. This action needs to be documented as a Classroom Exclusion.
  • AWSP News for December 22, 2019

    Dec 22, 2019
    In this final episode of AWSP News for 2019, we discuss our annual principal workload and compensation survey, our 2020 Legislative Platform, a Capturing Kids’ Hearts workshop, our 3rd annual Future School Leaders Day, next year's Annual Equity Conference, the 2020 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, Richard Sherman, new faces at AWSP, the 2020 Census, our AWSL Student Voice and Advocacy Board and some professional advice for you during your Winter Break.

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