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  • AWSP TV - Episode 6 - Sue Anderson

    David Morrill
    Apr 24, 2019
    In our sixth episode of AWSP TV, OSPI's Sue Anderson (Director of Educator Effectiveness) talks to our Ron Sisson about putting the G (growth) in TPEP, as well as a few more topics around evaluation, coaching, mentoring, and induction.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for April 19, 2019

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Apr 19, 2019
    After this last deadline, attention now moves to both chamber floors. Action will primarily consist of both chambers debating and voting on bills that have passed either chamber. I’ve earlier explained the concurrence, dispute, and/or conference committee avenues of resolution. Simultaneously, meetings often held in backrooms away from public and member scrutiny, are being held as issues like the budget and revenue enhancements are bargained.
  • AWSP News for April 17, 2019

    David Morrill
    Apr 17, 2019
    In this episode of AWSP News we discuss your district’s principal contracts, some of the strategies a few districts are using to boost principal salaries, a new report from Wallace Foundation, National Assistant Principals Week, our “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” campaign winners, School Library Month and a handful of book recommendations from Scholastic, our sponsor City university, the Native American Leadership Camp and Administrative Professionals Week and Day.
  • Trying to Make Sense of the Budget? Here Are Some Resources That Will Help.

    Roz Thompson
    Apr 16, 2019
    Here are some recent articles that might interest you if you are trying to keep track of budget discussions. This article is by DJ Wilson of the Washington State Wire and it explains how the budget process actually works. The Washington Research Council published this comparison chart of the House and Senate budgets. And, OSPI has budget tools for the 2019-20 school year on its webpage. Click on the Multi-Year Budget Comparison Tool to see how your district fares in the Governor’s budget, the House budget and the Senate budget.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for April 12, 2019

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Apr 12, 2019
    Following marathon hearings by the fiscal committees in both houses, the chambers are now publicly engaged in floor action where numerous bills are debated and voted upon. As is generally the norm, for every nine bills brought to either floor and approved by the body, the tenth bill becomes hotly contested. That’s when the theatrics occur. One example, is after passing a number of bills fairly easily, a bill dealing with union dues, SHB 1575 brought things to a halt as the Republicans demanded the bill be read in its totality, a very rare occurrence.
  • Spatial Autonomy Can Promote Children’s Sense of Self

    Marty Fortin
    Apr 10, 2019
    This research used child-led tours to investigate how young children’s spatial autonomy is enacted in two contrasting environments: their home and a forest setting. Spatial autonomy, by inviting children to form a relationship with their environment, can promote agency, a sense of self, self-confidence, and a healthy relationship with their environment.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for April 5, 2019

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Apr 05, 2019
    “No! No! No!” was the constant refrain heard as the committees and floor debated numerous amendments to the budget proposals. Requests for spending totaled more than the amount either house was willing to spend or to make a priority. Concurrently, policy committees continued to hear and then move bills. All of which have been reported previously in greater detail.
  • AWSP News for April 3, 2019

    David Morrill
    Apr 03, 2019
    Welcome to another episode of AWSP News, where we discuss this year’s National Assistant Principals Week, how Vicki Puckett and the Mercer Island School District empower and use student voice, how the Association of Washington Student Leaders can help you harness student voice, and a great example from Bob Walters on how to use our pay gap video with your district administration.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for March 29, 2019

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Mar 29, 2019
    The big news was the release of the House Budget. Released at noon, Tuesday, public hearing on same day at 3:30, passed out of committee the next day and to be voted out of the chamber Friday. Wham! Bam! Done deal. The Senate will release it's budget Friday, March 29th. The public hearing will be Monday, April Fools’ Day, so at least there is some time to review prior to that time.
  • April is the Month of the Military Child

    Teleah Bell-Davis | Tacoma Public Schools
    Mar 28, 2019
    Did you know that the average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career? That's an average of three times more frequently than non-military families. The Department of Defense sponsors the Month of the Military Child to honor military children and their families who make daily sacrifices for our country.

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