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  • It Was Good Enough for You, Why Not Your Children?

    Chase Buffington, Cispus Learning Center Director
    Nov 24, 2020
    Outdoor school, the big camping trip - those 6th graders are going to embark on a weeklong adventure in the outdoors. Each student, no matter what social standing, is headed to the great equalizer: the wilderness. Yet, this is not happening for all. As a matter of fact, it is not happening - yet. A lot of talk has been placed on the social emotional learning of a child and the equity platform in education. While wonderful programs are being created and the buzz is in the air, we have to stop and consider something. The picture cannot be painted if you don’t have a canvas to lay down the work. What did our leaders receive that made them the wonderful people they are today? What canvas in the late 90’s and before were priority then and not today? The truth is, some things in education we had right and turned away from - one of which was the camp experience.
  • Looking Back: Reflections and Realizations

    James Layman, Director of Student Programs, AWSL
    Nov 23, 2020
    How are you going to speak about the year 2020? There has been so much that has occurred this year. It can be challenging to synthesize how to articulate our feelings, thoughts, and moments from this year. As I begin to reflect, I wanted to recontextualize the year and provide some opportunities for us to talk a moment to reflect and dig into our realizations. If we speak our realizations, we can learn and grow from them.
  • School Celebration Newsletter | December Edition

    Cindy Cromwell, Alternative Learning Education Administrator for the Kelso School District
    Nov 23, 2020
    Here are some fun days in December and ways to use them with your students, staff, and families.
  • AWSP News for December 4, 2020

    David Morrill
    Nov 20, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss: Work-life balance for school leaders, joining a group of new/newly assigned Digital/Virtual On-line School Leaders, connecting with a network of colleagues during this time of distance-leading, our “How to be All In as an Inclusive Leader” series with Dan Habib, a successful strategy implemented to address high failure rates in Yelm, a special MLK Day Presentation for your school, and La Chispa, an engaging and dynamic bilingual (English-Spanish) program for secondary Latinx students.
  • AWSP News for November 20, 2020

    David Morrill
    Nov 20, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss the Washington State Principals of the Year, reaching out to the AWSP team about the realities of principaling right now, the new COVID restrictions, incredible professional learning for you and your admin teams, the alarming failure rates happening across the state and at all levels, the AWSL Adviser of the Year, our popular ASB Finance workshop, the National Conference on Student Activities, Giving Tuesday (Dec 1), helping us save Cispus, and a great leadership example.
  • You Cannot Be What You Cannot See

    James Layman, Director of Student Programs, AWSL
    Nov 09, 2020
    The 2020 AWSL Virtual Fall Conference was a smashing success with over 5,000 attendees. Yes, we can celebrate the number of participants, but the success of this conference lies in who was able to attend. With the need to switch to a virtual format, we invited and encouraged schools to bring as many students as they wanted. Focusing on equity, becoming while doing, and the belief that all students can lead, we hoped that students who had never attended a conference of any kind, especially a 'leadership' conference who could learn, grow, connect, and see the leadership abilities within them.
  • School Celebration Newsletter | November Edition

    Cindy Cromwell, Alternative Learning Education Administrator for the Kelso School District
    Nov 01, 2020
    Here are some fun days in November and ways to use them with your students, staff, and families.
  • OSPI November 2020 School Safety Blog

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Oct 31, 2020
    November! We have crossed another threshold. Moving into November, we made it through our first ever COVID Great ShakeOut, and Halloween, had a blue moon, fell back to standard time, and are anxiously (nervously?) awaiting the results of the Presidential election. We will close out the month with a well-deserved long Thanksgiving weekend. So much is happening!
  • Apply for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

    Roz Thompson, Government Relations and Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Oct 30, 2020
    The 59th anniversary of the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) will take place in March of 2021. For the past 59 years, two students per state have been selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship and attend a weeklong program in Washington D.C., funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. To apply for consideration in our state this year, a student must be a junior or senior and must hold an elected position in student council or school government. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • WELL Summit: Empowering Women in Education

    Roz Thompson, Government Relations and Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Oct 29, 2020
    AWSP is thrilled to offer its second annual Women in Education Leading and Learning (WELL) Summit. Our WELL Summit for the 2020-21 school year will be a series that is offered in the fall and the spring. Our goals for the summit are to create professional networks for female leaders in education, increase our knowledge of successful leadership qualities and experiences, discuss ways to remove barriers to leadership, and focus on self-care.

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