Informed Principal


  • Principal Stress at an All-time High

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    May 21, 2020
    If you think principaling was tough before COVID19, what about now? If we kill the will of our principals by not addressing the workload, stress and increasing demands, then our kids and schools will suffer the consequences through a constant turnover of school leaders. LPI's research highlights the obvious, principals are fighting to survive. But their research also recommends some action we can all take to breathe hope into the system for one of our most precious resources - principals and assistant principals.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for June

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    May 21, 2020
    We are coming to the close of what will go down as perhaps the most challenging school year in history. Part of the ongoing challenge, as well, is uncertainty about the coming school year. Where we will be, and how and when we will move forward all remain to be seen. We have guidance. We can predict measures we will have to take. We can anticipate that, as we proceed, the future will look and feel different. Let’s take a look at some safety-related actions we can take now to carry us into that future. These suggestions are made with district, school, classroom and home activities in mind.
  • Don't Have a Mentor? Get One!

    Kelli DeMonte | Jefferson-Lincoln Elementary Principal, Centralia School District
    May 18, 2020
    AWSP mentees find the mentoring program vital to their success. Read what one principal has to say about the power of mentoring, and as a bonus, check out her amazing morning mindfulness video.
  • AWSP News for May 15, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 15, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our annual Summer Conference, Principal Kirsten Rue from Chinook Middle School, a survey initiated by the State Auditor’s Office, another AWSP survey about inclusionary practices within your school communities, graduation guidance from the Department of Health, planning a virtual ceremony with resources from Jostens, a report from NASSP and the Learning Policy Institute, and a conversation about hope and relationships with Kids at Hope.
  • Negative Space: Art (And Leadership) Lessons for the Pandemic

    Caroline Brumfield, AWSP Graphic Designer
    May 12, 2020
    In the art and graphic design world, there is a concept known as negative space. Negative space is the area around an image or design – the edges, the background, the “white” of the paper. How does this relate to principals? As we navigate through these weeks where our lives have essentially been turned inside out, we have been given an opportunity to see the “negative space” in our home lives, in our careers, and in our leadership. Negative space that may not have been there previously is now suddenly there, as our usual routines, thought processes, and expectations have fallen by the wayside.
  • AWSP News for May 8, 2020

    David Morrill
    May 08, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss Governor Inslee's 4 phase plan to slowly re-open our state, this year's Summer Conference and some new possibilities, grading issues, end of year celebrations, an Opening of School Year Task Force, and a question from AWSP President Cameron Grow.
  • Important Summer Conference Message from AWSP/WASA Executive Directors

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    May 05, 2020
    AWSP and WASA can’t wait to gather together in person, but this year we need to prioritize the health and safety of our members and their loved ones. Therefore, both of our Associations, along with the 2020 Summer Conference Planning Committee, have made the difficult decision to convert to a virtual conference.
  • Perspectives in a COVID World

    Greg Barker
    May 05, 2020
    We can only know our own experiences and must be open to learning the stories of others. But learning from others as we are socially distant is difficult. We are always on a journey of learning and discovery. To better support our students and families, we need to hear (and hopefully understand) how this current reality is impacting them.
  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

    Greg Barker
    May 04, 2020
    Social distancing can make it tough to show staff how much you care, but there are still plenty of options. From e-cards or thank-you videos to classroom goodies or decorations, we’ve compiled a list of many ways you can celebrate Staff Appreciation Week at a distance, plus some other links to help in the process.
  • Relationships Matter Even More Now

    Dr. Scott Seaman
    May 04, 2020
    As I look to the future of our education system, I challenge all the thought leaders, policy makers, and educational leaders to think differently as we redesign our new approach to serving kids. Whether we are still operating under a distance learning model, blended model, or back to some version of brick and mortar, can we prioritize relationships above all else? Can we build everything around creating time for students and adults to find, build, and sustain meaningful relationships that create hope for everyone involved?

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