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  • The Gospel of Ed Reform and the Power of the Principal

    David Morrill
    Feb 14, 2019
    Ed reform. Those two words are a lightning rod for people in education and policy. They can strike fear and uncertainty for some and hope and visions of equity for others. One thing is for certain, many of the reforms borne out of the Race to the Top grant era have drastically changed the reality of what it’s like to be a school principal.
  • AWSP Is Closed For Snow

    David Morrill
    Feb 11, 2019
    AWSP is closed for snow today (February 11), as are many districts across the state. FYI, we typically follow the Olympia School District for closures or late starts. Some of us are still checking email.
  • Retirement & Health Benefit Report for Feb. 8, 2019

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran
    Feb 08, 2019
    The session is still flowing toward cut off dates, when an observer can then more closely focus on what would appear to be potential ‘rocks’. Also, energies can be directed more specifically to advance critical bills that have survived the first cut. As a reminder, the cut off dates are: February 22 for policy bills and March 1 for fiscal bills.
  • What's the SEBB?

    David Morrill
    Feb 08, 2019
    Last session, the Legislature created the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB). The SEBB will help ensure K-12 employees get the affordable, high-quality benefits they deserve. Washington state public employees have long been the beneficiary of a great health benefits program through the PEBB, and it's great to see similar benefits coming to school employees across the state.
  • AWSP News for February 6, 2019

    David Morrill
    Feb 06, 2019
    Welcome to another episode of AWSP News, where we discuss delivering AWSP News to you through rain, sleet, or snow, African American History Month, our Future Educators Month and Future School Leaders Day workshop, revisit the Give 'Em Your Keys campaign, update you on what's happening with the Legislature, discuss our "Day on the Hill" and your advocacy, thank partners Capturing Kids' Hearts and Freshgrade, remind you to register for summer conference and a couple awards to nominate someone for, Ron's departure and hiring his replacement, and some contract negotiation resources for you on our website.
  • AWSP TV - Ep 5 - Scholastic Experts on Literacy

    David Morrill
    Feb 05, 2019
    Dr. Karen Burke (Vice President of Data and Academic Planning) and Pam Allyn (Senior Vice President, Innovation and Development), both from Scholastic, drop by our studio to talk about K-12 literacy and what principals can do to promote schoolwide literacy efforts. Lots of great advice and takeaways in this episode.
  • 2019 Advocacy "Day on the Hill"

    Roz Thompson
    Feb 05, 2019
    What happens when 40+ scarf-wearing principals visit the Capitol? Great stories, great data, and great impact. On Monday, January 28, our AWSP Advocacy Committee and members of our AWSP Board took to the Capitol to advocate for principals, the principalship, and each and every student. Watch the video to learn a little more.
  • The Natural Play Yard

    Marty Fortin
    Feb 05, 2019
    Recess in an outdoor natural environment is more restorative than recess in an outdoor built environment. Cognitive assessment results demonstrated better sustained and selective attention and children reported greater restorativeness in an outdoor natural environment than in an indoor built environment. This finding applied to both group playtime and individual free play.
  • Now Hiring Another Associate Director

    David Morrill
    Feb 04, 2019
    The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Director. The chosen candidate will work with the AWSP Executive Director and AWSP Board in fulfilling board policy and direction. This full-time position (230 days) will join the AWSP Executive Team in the support of K-12 principals and assistant principals, the principalship, and all students throughout the state.
  • AWSL Summer Camp Registrations Are Open

    Joe Fenbert
    Feb 02, 2019
    Student leaders are key players in a school's mission to create a culture, close the gap, ensure safety and engage the community. Guided by Washington principals for more than 60 years, the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) has provided the opportunity for student leadership training through summer camps. AWSL camps are held in three locations. Leadership camps for high school and middle level students are held at both of the two learning centers sponsored by the Association of Washington School Principals: Chewelah Peak and Cispus. CheerLeadership Camps are held at Central Washington University.

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