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  • More Thoughts on Grading

    Scott Seaman
    Apr 24, 2020
    AWSP supports OSPI’s and their workgroup’s guidance for grading. The guidelines are the right thing at the right time. They give districts a clear framework while maintaining the flexibility for districts to find the right solution for their students and community. The guidance was developed with input from a huge array of stakeholders, including our own Associate Directors Kurt Hatch, Gina Yonts, and Scott Friedman. The key message from OSPI and the guiding workgroup: do no harm.
  • Webinar: Jostens High School Graduation and Other Activities Discussion

    Scott Friedman
    Apr 24, 2020
    Seniors across the state of Washington have been left without the opportunity to participate in many traditional celebrations including graduation. Our time during this webinar will focus on how we can collectively create create celebrations that students and families will remember.
  • "I Am More Than a Test Score"

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    Apr 22, 2020
    My daughter was a 4.0 high school student with an impressive resume of accomplishments during her high school career. She went on to the University of Washington where she graduated with a 3.9 and two degrees in three years. While in high school, she tore herself apart studying and preparing for the SAT. As the testing date approached and her anxiety grew exponentially, I had to continually remind her that it's just one test, one indicator, one factor that colleges use for admissions, but certainly not the only indicator. That didn't matter. To her, because of such strong social pressures among her peers, the test was either the beginning of or the end of the world. "I'm forever labeled because of that score," she once said.
  • How Do We Grade During the Shutdown? “Do No Harm” is the Answer.

    Kurt Hatch
    Apr 17, 2020
    Our educational system struggles to avoid layering privilege upon privilege, often measuring punctuality and compliance rather than discernment, critical analysis and habits of mind.
  • Kaiser Permanente's Self-Care Bingo

    Roz Thompson
    Apr 17, 2020
    We all know that self-care during this pandemic is important. Our wellness partner, Kaiser Permanente, has lots of great resources to help with this.
  • AWSP News for April 17, 2020

    David Morrill
    Apr 17, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our grade-level specific Office Hours, Our Networked Improvement Community grants, Kaiser Permanente's resources for self-care, the “Equity through Master Scheduling: Creating College Ready Transcripts Workshop” offered by OSPI, the “Labor and Management: Coming Together to Further Outcomes for All Students” workshop sponsored by CSTP, weekly discussions about the Science and Culture of Hope with Rick Miller, a Zoom discussion with educators about preparing other ideas to support the Class of 2020, and a fundraising campaign to help us bounce along until we can reopen our Learning Centers.
  • The Principal Sandwich

    Scott Seaman
    Apr 16, 2020
    Principaling has always been difficult, but now the role building leaders play in our system has grown exponentially, even though they are not leading a physical building. Principals sit in the middle of policy (state and district) and practice (what happens in the classroom) and are expected to answer to both sides of the sandwich. If being in the middle was a challenge before, what's it feel like to be a digital principal in the sandwich now?
  • WEBINAR: Jostens High School Graduation and Other Activities Discussion

    Scott Friedman
    Apr 15, 2020
    Seniors across the state of Washington have been left without the opportunity to participate in many traditional celebrations including graduation. Our time during this webinar will focus on how we can collectively create create celebrations that students and families will remember.
  • Virtual Educator Overnight

    Mrs. Allison Shew, Principal, Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy
    Apr 15, 2020
    The weekend leading up to the closure, all of our schools in the district were buzzing with teachers feverishly putting together work packs for students. Copy machines were running at full steam and teachers were bundling materials to keep learning alive amidst a Governor Proclamation that all schools in the state were to be closed by March 17th, 2020. Everyone has gone above and beyond to implement this new normal. Principals and district office staff have converted space in their home as their new office and teachers have transformed a space in their home as their new classroom.
  • COVID-19 Student Reflections

    James Layman
    Apr 14, 2020
    Throughout these challenging times the voice of the students should be at the core. The AWSL Student Voice and Advisory Council took time to share their thoughts, questions and perspectives on how Covid-19 is affecting their academic, social, and personal livelihoods.

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