The responsibility of leadership is not to come up with all the ideas. The responsibility of leadership is to create an environment in which great ideas can thrive.

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Simon Sinek
Notes to Inspire

As we develop relationships with legislative staff, we become sounding boards and contacts for our schools. Our representatives and their staff should depend upon us to provide insight on how legislation impacts our students, staff, and schools.

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Dwight Cooper
Principal, NAESP National Rep

Sharing our students’ realities, joys, and challenges with legislators is a responsibility we principals do not take lightly. Our students need advocacy, and AWSP facilitates strong partnerships between the Legislature and our schools.

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Kris Janati
Principal, Advocacy Committee Chair

Inside AWSP

AWSP exists to support principals and the principalship in the education of all students. We believe strong leaders create strong schools and strong students. Founded in 1972, AWSP has been a leading voice in education for decades, representing principals, assistant principals, and principal interns. We support our members and their students by:

  • Advocating for our members and each and every student across the state.
  • Offering fun and engaging professional learning with best practices in adult learning across all career stages.
  • Supporting our members with coaching, mentoring, our leadership framework, support through your internship, legal guidance when needed, and so much more.
  • Promoting diversity and equity through everything we do.
  • Creating strong student leaders across the state with the Association of Washington Student Leaders.
  • Providing two unique learning centers for all kinds of educational and leadership programs.
  • Communicating news, updates, and information so every principal can be informed, engaged, and connected.

Boards & Committees

We have to know you to serve you. We keep our finger on the pulse of the principalship with the help of our boards and committees, which represent our state’s broad geographic and cultural diversity. 

Association Boards

Amazing principals from all across the state serve on our boards and guide our work. AWSP is made up of two separate entities, our membership organization and our 501(c)3 Washington School Principals’ Education Foundation. Both boards meet together to ensure our association is healthy, striving, and focused on the right work.

 

Grade Level Boards

Sometimes, a principal is a principal. Other times, each level faces unique challenges with different initiatives and legislation. Our grade level (or component boards) help us sort that all out and ensure principals from each level and every corner of the state have a voice and representation.

Committees

While our boards focus on broad issues across our whole association, committees provide more focused feedback and planning for our different work areas. We think of our committees as great focus groups and our critical friends.


Get Involved

Help shape the future of AWSP and make career-long connections by joining one of our boards or committees. You can find contact information on each board and committee's webpage, or reach out to us for more information. 

Strategic Plan

AWSP's Strategic Plan has three overarching goals, seven teams, and several strategies and initiatives to support those teams. The list of initiatives is currently in progress. Our goals at the highest level:
  1. Equity
  2. Principal Support
  3. Organizational Health

AWSP Strategic plan

Principals Of The Year

Award-Winning Educators Make a Difference

Every year, AWSP recognizes three outstanding principals and one assistant principal for their leadership. These leaders are closing gaps, improving graduation rates, and creating great school cultures where everyone feels included. The middle and high school winners are eligible to compete at the national level.

2018 Principals Of The Year

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Assistant Principal

Tami Skillingstad
Westwood Middle School
Cheney School District

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Elementary Principal

Gina Naccarato-Keele
Linwood Elementary
Spokane Public Schools

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Middle Level Principal

Marc Gallaway
Selah Middle School
Selah School District

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High School Principal

John Gummel
Kelso High School
Kelso School District

Other AWSP Awards

Torch of Leadership Award

Established in 2009, the Torch of Leadership Award honors state government officials demonstrating outstanding support for principals, the principalship, and all students. Winners are nominated and selected by the AWSP Legislation Committee.

Awards

President's Award

Selected by the AWSP Board, this award goes to someone outside of the principalship who has advocated for and made an impact for principals and students across the state. Every now and then, we’ll have multiple winners or a group winner in a given year.