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  • What Does Strong Leadership Look Like During a Pandemic?

    Heidi Maurer, Kentlake HS Principal, KPA President-Elect
    Mar 25, 2020
    Our KPA Executive board got together last night to reflect on what strong leadership looks like in a pandemic. In times of crisis, it is even more important to think reflectively about our practice and how we are using our systems intelligence, personal intelligence, and social intelligence as we navigate the contexts around us. Below are some “leadership moves” that you might consider as we move forward.
  • Special Board Meeting regarding rulemaking, graduation requirements

    Stephanie Davidsmeyer, SBE
    Mar 23, 2020
    The State Legislature passed a new law (EHB 2965) supporting the state's response to the novel coronavirus. This law includes a provision (see Section 10) that allows the State Board of Education to grant an emergency waiver to local education agencies (e.g., school districts, etc.) and private schools.
  • Remote Work Tips and Tools & How AWSP Continues to Support You From Home

    David Morrill
    Mar 20, 2020
    In 2019, 16% of companies exclusively hired remote remote workers. In 2020, nobody could foresee the huge numbers of employees forced into working from home. Remote work has some clear benefits, but how do you adjust and adapt when your job is running a school full of adults and students? We’ve got more than just some bad puns for you. See if you can envision any of these tools or resources help bring your team together.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for April

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Mar 18, 2020
    When the requirement for comprehensive school and district safety plans was first written into law nearly 20 years ago, the legislature had some very insightful comments on the need for such plans.
  • AWSP News for March 18, 2020

    David Morrill
    Mar 18, 2020
    In this unique edition of AWSP News, we discuss some of the impacts COVID-19 is having on AWSP, an opportunity to work on your professional learning, and what is NOT being cancelled.
  • AWSP Statement & Update on COVID-19

    Scott Seaman
    Mar 13, 2020
    With the spread of the Coronavirus and the tremendous impact it’s having across our state, we know you have a ton of questions. First, what does the Coronavirus COVID-19 mean for AWSP? Just because all our districts are closing doesn’t mean all your troubles go away too. AWSP staff has always been a phone call or email away when you are in need, and this closure will not change our response time to you. Our office will continue to operate on your behalf. Some of us will continue to come into the office, some of us will be working from home, but all of us will still be available to serve you.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for March 13, 2020

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Mar 13, 2020
    Sine Die occurred and the 66th Legislature has concluded. The last act is the Governor’s responses to the various legislative proposals that have delivered to his office. Once his ‘singing’ is done, attention will shift to the upcoming national and local election. There will be a more complete ‘End of Session’ summary to follow, but this is just an update on some selected bills.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for March 6, 2020

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Mar 06, 2020
    The session is moving toward Sine Die and there’s a great deal of unknowns still to come. It’s the part of the session where bills need to be voted out of their opposite house. Some bills will make it; others will die as the clock runs down. Each chamber has lengthy lists of other bills eligible for debate and votes. Many won’t make it. There are at least four main areas yet to be dealt with, any of which will take a great deal of floor time as bills addressing these are debated. These are bills that seek to establish a low carbon fuel standard, a clean air rule, guidelines protecting data privacy and those that deal with the repeal of the Boeing tax break. Additionally, time can be consumed by virtue of debating proposed amendments attached to these or any remaining bills.
  • AWSP News for March 8, 2020

    David Morrill
    Mar 05, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss some coronavirus resources, the new immunization rules,  our last episode of AWSP TV Highline Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield, Omak’s 3F Club,  the annual Equity Conference, the AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, the NASSP Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, the NAESP Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, a new survey and winning a $15 Amazon Gift Card, and a last chance to nominate a Principal of the Year or Assistant Principal of the Year.
  • What’s the T on the Inclusionary Practices Professional Development Project?

    Cris Sippel
    Mar 05, 2020
    AWSP is excited to be one of many organizations involved with the IPPDP cadre as an external partner navigating the implementation of better inclusionary practices for Washington state educators; our focus being, of course, YOU, the building learning leaders. Since November 2019, AWSP has embarked on a “fact-finding” crusade to measure the understanding of what inclusion and inclusionary practices are from our members’ perspective and evaluate what the immediate needs are in order to embed targeted inclusionary practices within all of or professional learning opportunities.

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