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  • AWSP News for March 21, 2018

    Mar 28, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss the student walkouts and empowering student voice, the Washington State Mental Health Summit, a great way to show staff appreciation shared with us by Jostens, the recent David Brooks Op-Ed in the New York Times about the integral role of the principal in strong schools, a meeting with Washington Roundtable and Challenge Seattle, the importance of a professional learning network (PLN), and one principal’s equity journey as a result of a strong PLN.
  • Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Meeting

    Mar 22, 2018
    The PEB Board held its monthly meeting March 21, 2018. A short summary follows. A briefing book offers more details. This report primarily focuses on issues related to retirees, both those who are pre-Medicare eligible and those that are Medicare eligible and choose PEBB insurance as their supplemental health policy.
  • School Employee Benefit Board (SEBB) Meeting

    Mar 19, 2018
    The SEBB held an all-day meeting on 3/15/18 that covered a great deal of information including preliminary impacts on the state and local school districts. The caveat is that David Iseminger, the Director of the Employee and Retiree Benefit Division (ERB) stated, “Because this change is new, we are not going to get everything right.” At this point, without enrollment figures, claims history, etc. ERB is involved in making educated guesses with assumptions that may come to be or not.
  • AWSP News for March 7, 2018

    David Morrill
    Mar 07, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss how to handle student walkouts in response to the Florida shooting, the 3rd annual Equity Conference on May 23rd, a great definition of cultural competence, OSPI’s ESSA Implementation 101 webinars and new approach to school improvement, participating in the Washington State Leadership Academy, the Coble Scholarship for under-represented educational leaders, WASA’s new executive director, how to showcase your leadership in your evaluation, how Thrive Washington suports kids and families from birth to five, and our 3rd annual principal appreciation night with the Tacoma Rainiers.
  • What Steals Your Focus?

    Jan 04, 2018
    Do you know how to spot the time thieves in your life? Shane Parrish over at Farnam Street has a great series on focus. His latest installment discusses the Eisehnhower Matrix, a four-part filter you can use to determine what tasks keep you on target.
  • Leading for Systems Change

    Nov 01, 2017

    The University of Washington’s College of Education wrote a great story about our Deputy Executive Director, Scott Seaman. Scott is in the last year of his Leadership for Learning (EdD) program at the UW. He’ll become our next Executive Director in September 2018 when our beloved Gary Kipp retires. The article provides some great background about Scott’s journey.

  • Why are Adults the Worst Learners?

    Scott Seaman
    Sep 22, 2017
    We’ve all been there. We’ve all sat in professional learning settings where the audience is completely disengaged, clearing emails and/or surfing the web. In fact, we’ve all developed coping and exit strategies for painful adult learning settings. And, you can’t tell me you haven’t faked an important phone call and walked out of some sort of profession learning setting.
  • Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum Training

    Caroline Brumfield
    Sep 15, 2017
    Ensure your social studies curriculum includes tribal experiences and perspectives of Native American students with this OSPI-sponsored one-day workshop.
  • Beyond the Bake Sale: Storing Boosters Money in the School Safe

    Sep 15, 2017
    Q. Can we temporarily store money that belongs to the Boosters in the school safe?
  • South Colby Elementary's Tunnel of Hope

    Sep 15, 2017

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