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  • AWSP News For May 15, 2019

    David Morrill
    May 15, 2019
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss a visit from Kaiser Permanente Susan Mullaney, principal Jason Smith from John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup and his national recognition, our state principals of the year, the Washington College Grant, registration for AWSP’s Launching Principal Leadership Network AND Building Effective Leadership Network, a Ph.D. candidate wanting to learn more about principals as transformational and instructional leaders, a survey on Washington’s STEM educator pipeline, the winter/spring issue of our Washington Principal magazine, and our business partners VEBA and PEMCO.
  • Searching for Transformation and Instructional Leaders

    David Morrill
    May 15, 2019
    AWSP is helping recruit participants for a doctoral research study titled, “An Exploration of Methods for Promoting Student Performance Used by Transformational Leaders and Instructional Leaders.” The research will explore the methods of principals, who self-identify as transformational leaders and/or instructional leaders, used to promote high student achievement.
  • AWSP News for May 1, 2019

    David Morrill
    May 01, 2019
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss the end of session, our Spring Board meetings, AWSL and the student representatives to the State Board of Education, the 2019 Native American Leadership Camp, a cool way to motivate and support your kids during testing, the Professional Educators Standards Board, this year's Summer Conference, changing your status with us if you change jobs, our business partner Clear Risk, and introduce Jack Arend (our newest Associate Director).
  • Fact or Fiction: Schools Are No Longer Allowed to Use Exclusion or Suspensions?!

    Kurt Hatch
    Apr 26, 2019
    While not completely accurate, this headline reflects the feeling of many principals Washington grappling with changes to state laws for suspensions and expulsion. To be clear, schools can still use exclusion as a tool, but the new discipline rules put a significant squeeze on when and how it is applied.
  • Retirement & Health Benefit Report for April 26, 2019

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Apr 26, 2019
    The great mystery is the upcoming release of the agreed upon 2019–21 budget. It is to be released Saturday, the 27th. While budget negotiations were occurring behind closed doors, both chambers passed a number of bills. A few pertain to this report.
  • 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.

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