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  • Border Separation Policy Statements

    Kurt Hatch
    Jun 20, 2018
    Our mission is to support principals and the principalship in the education of all students. Part of supporting the education of all students is our core responsibility as educators to fearlessly shield children from traumatic events, ensure their safety and advocate for the health and well-being of all children, particularly those most vulnerable. The statements below from the national associations were all issued before President Trump signed an executive order ending the forcible separation. Here's a good explainer from CNN on what the order actually does from CNN.
  • Summer Healthcare and Pensions Update

    Roz Thompson
    Jun 13, 2018
    Fred Yancey, a retired principal and superintendent, represents AWSP on issues related to health care and retirement. Check out his summer conference update linked here with updates about the School Employee Benefit Board (SEBB), the Public Employee Benefit Board (PEBB), and pensions. Fred can be reached at fyancey@comcast.net if you have questions.
  • How to Search For Jobs on AWSP.org

    David Morrill
    Jun 06, 2018
    There are two ways to view jobs on AWSP now. If you’re a member, you have to log in. If you know your password, everything should be simple and straightforward. Sadly, our programmers are still trying to sort out some issues with our web platform and our member management database. More on this in a minute. If you’re not a member, you can sign up for one year of free access to view our job postings.
  • AWSP News for June 6, 2018

    David Morrill
    Jun 06, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss our new website, the Healthy Youth Survey, joining a Networked Improvement Community with a clip from Jason Smith, the Gender Odyssey Conference, cultural items for tribal students during graduation, a tip from Dr. Roz, UW's Leadership for Learning program, and high five and hug data.
  • AWSP News for May 23, 2018

    David Morrill
    May 31, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we're coming to you from our remodeled studio to discuss Principal Appreciation Night with the Tacoma Rainiers, two great new additions expanding our reach across the state, the Retreat at the Peak Summit at Chewelah Peak, the latest Golden Apple Moment from PEMCO, increasing student voice, our coaching and mentoring efforts, and the PESB's grants for micro credentialing.
  • Making the Most of the New Website

    David Morrill
    May 31, 2018
    We've done more than just slap a fresh coat of paint on our website; we've torn it down to the studs and built from the ground up. One of the easiest ways to make the most of the new site is to log in and fill out your profile. When you do that, you'll start to see blog posts and events on the homepage tailored just for you.
  • Why Every Bellingham HS Changed Their Schedule

    David Morrill
    Apr 13, 2018
    In an effort to provide all Bellingham School District high school students with opportunities for remediation, exploration, and acceleration within the school day, the district drastically changed the high school schedule for each comprehensive high school across the entire district. They even moved start times back based on current research. With students, teachers, and building- and district-level administrators all working together, they came up with a system they believe will provide a better experience for all their students.
  • AWSP News for April 11, 2018

    Apr 11, 2018
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss National Assistant Principals Week, FINAO's Educator Advisory Board, the Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards, a pair of equity conferences, the NASSP Digital Principal of the Year nominations, some tips from "Dr. Roz," and two great and inspirational ideas (one of them will make your eyes water from our favorite episode ever).
  • Retirement & Health Benefits: 2018 Session Review

    Fred Yancey
    Apr 06, 2018
    At the risk of repetition, the legislative session and Governor’s actions have concluded. This was a session that was akin to a sprint to the finish line with the Democrat majorities in both houses pushing many pieces of legislation that had stalled in previous sessions. There were 1,425 new bills introduced and 310 passed during this 60-day session. In 2017, for comparison, for the 193 days of regular and special sessions, 377 bills passed. So, what happened regarding pensions, health care, financials and other issues?
  • 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.

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