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  • What If All White Leaders Thought Like Jeff?

    Kurt Hatch
    Jan 10, 2019
    I had a surprising encounter recently while facilitating leadership training for approximately fifty early career principals and assistant principals. During a break, one of the attendees - let’s call him “Jeff” - approached me to engage in a conversation. To be honest, Jeff did all the talking. I listened, a bit uncertain how to respond in the moment.
  • AWSP News for January 9, 2019

    David Morrill
    Jan 08, 2019
    Welcome to our first episode of AWSP News for 2019, where we discuss the upcoming legislative session, our next episode of AWSP TV with resources for tobacco use and vaping, the important role our PAC plays in supporting principals, the Building Hope Together workshop with WEA and Kids at Hope, our Principal Leadership Academy happening soon in ESD 123, our partnership with PEMCO and VEBA, the Future School Leaders Day workshop we’re putting on, a possible 24-credit graduation requirement summit, and an opening for students on AWSL’s Executive Committee and the State Board of Education.
  • The Power of the Principal

    Scott Seaman
    Jan 08, 2019
    At AWSP, we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of teachers, but also feel just as strongly in calling attention to one of the most under-recognized and overworked group of educators in the system, school principals. Effective principals are foundational and essential components of a successful educational system. Simply stated, principals matter.
  • Outdoor Education for All

    Marty Fortin
    Jan 03, 2019
    While we welcome the thousands of students and staff who visit our facilities, it is the dream of all of us involved in Outdoor Environmental and Science Education to have a component in each school year. Here is an exemplary approach:
  • Black and Brown Faces in America's Wild Places

    Marty Fortin
    Dec 23, 2018
    Dudley Edmondson, an African American wildlife photographer, believes it is critical for people of color to get involved in nature conservation. He sought out 20 other African Americans with deep connections to nature and asked them about their personal experiences, how they came to value nature and why African Americans seem under-represented in our parks and conservation efforts.
  • The Changing Face of the Outdoors

    Marty Fortin
    Dec 19, 2018
    A thoughtful piece about accessing outdoors for all. James Edward Mills writes, "Gear catalogs, advertising campaigns, films, and articles in magazines like Outside typically presented the outdoors as a place for white people, most of them men. At the turn of the millennium, I decided to do something about this, pivoting from sales to journalism...."
  • AWSP News for December 19, 2018

    David Morrill
    Dec 19, 2018
    Welcome to another episode of AWSP News, where we discuss our 2019 plans, upcoming workshops from Kids at Hope, our workshops in early January at ESD 123, the National Association of Elementary School Principals annual conference in Spokane this summer, key business partners like Capturing Kids Hearts and the Gates Foundation, the Governor's proposed budget, a possible innovation summit around the 24 credit graduation requirement, using student leaders to create a strong culture and foundation, and preview our partnership with world-renowned speaker Kevin Carroll.
  • Winter Closure

    David Morrill
    Dec 19, 2018
    AWSP is closed for the holidays. We hope you're able to rest, recharge, and recuperate too. If you need to reach us, we'll be periodically checking email at our webmaster account. We'll reopen on January 3rd. In the meantime, happy holidays.
  • AWSP's Legislative Platform and Gov. Inslee's Proposed 2019 Budget

    Roz Thompson
    Dec 17, 2018
    Last week, Governor Inslee presented his budget for the next legislative session. We’re happy to see lots of support for education in the budget. Unfortunately, even though revenues are up, we don’t have enough to pay for the projected costs of current programs. We need additional revenue to pay for new programs we know our education system needs – like special education funding, additional nurses and counselors, and additional mental health supports. The Governor proposes an increase in several different taxes to pay for issues like education, mental health, and clean energy. Taxes and/or tax reform will be a hot topic in 2019.
  • AWSP News for December 5, 2018

    David Morrill
    Dec 05, 2018
    Welcome to another episode of AWSP News, where we discuss sharing your daily realities, recognizing a deserving principal for Principal of the Year, the important role our PAC plays in supporting principals, the 2019–20 principal intern grant application, Kaiser Permanente’s $3,500 “Thriving Schools” grant, the benefits of a blood drive through Bloodworks Northwest, a national award for our own Marty Fortin, ASB and Booster Club video workshops by Marty and Greg Barker, and some cool ways to take your staff into break.

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