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  • School Celebration Newsletter | August Edition

    Cindy Cromwell, Alternative Learning Education Administrator for the Kelso School District
    Jul 31, 2020
    Here are some fun days in August and ways to use them with your students, staff, and families.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for August

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Jul 31, 2020
    The 5th Annual School Safety Summit was held on June 12 of this year. Annual Summits are designed to be participatory. Over the years, we have had targeted presentations on specific funding issues, safety topics, and studies mandated by the legislature. Some excellent recommendations have come out of the Summits, and some notable legislation has been proposed – and passed.
  • UPCOMING WEBINAR | Planning for the Next Normal at School

    David Morrill
    Jul 20, 2020
    To assist school and district leaders with specific, evidence-informed guidance and operating procedures for keeping school communities healthy during school reopenings, a number of nationally recognized and trusted school health organizations have come together to develop a playbook for school reopening — “Planning for the Next Normal at School: Keeping students, staff, and families safe and healthy.”
  • Office Closure for July 1 to July 7

    David Morrill | Communications & Technology Director
    Jul 01, 2020
    After a crazy sprint to wrap up the school year amidst all the change due to COVID-19, including putting on our first-ever virtual conference, we're going to shut our doors for a few days to relax, recharge, and rest up. Some of us will still be checking email periodically, but we'll be officially closed until Wednesday, July 8th. In the meantime, you can email each of us or our webmaster account and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for July

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Jun 26, 2020
    How about a fun, rewarding safety activity for students this summer? Washington Operation Lifesaver (WAOL) is a non-profit organization consisting of public and private entities whose purpose is to educate the public about safe practices at highway-rail grade crossings and other locations along railroad tracks.
  • AWSP News for June 26, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 26, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss one of the craziest school years ever and the impact of your incredible leadership, OSPI's weekly updates, our virtual Summer Conference, learning opportunities for all members, AWSL's Summer Leadership Days, our AWSL Fall Conference, our Learning Centers now open for business, our online change of status form, and nominating a fellow colleague for Principal and/or Assistant Principal of the Year.
  • AWSP News for June 19, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 19, 2020
    In this episode of episode of AWSP News, we discuss focusing on what is within the realm of your responsibilities, what school will look like next Fall, our AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP), TikTok and a number of enhancements to safety policies, AWSL bringing our leader development programs to your campus, our AWSL Fall Conference, Juneteenth and the significance of this date in history for african americans in our country, and your self-care as a top priority.
  • TikTok Tips for Online Safety

    Steve Gibbs, TikTok
    Jun 18, 2020
    One popular app, TikTok, recently launched a number of enhancements to safety policies, controls, and educational resources that will help keep kids safe. The National PTA -- along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Family Online Safety Institute and ConnectSafely -- are partnering with TikTok to help inform parents of the new parental controls, like its Family Pairing feature, which gives parents the ability to guide their child's online experience while also educating them about online safety and digital citizenship.
  • AWSP News for June 12, 2020

    David Morrill
    Jun 12, 2020
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss the OSPI Reopening Washington Schools 2020 Guidance, the University of Washington’s SMART Center “Hope and Cope” event, the Jostens Renaissance Virtual Conference, the AWSP/WASA Virtual Summer Conference, the AWSL camp staff coming to your campus this summer, resources for your equity journey, Microsoft US Education's incredible resources, our online change of status form, and a specific challenge issued by OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal.
  • Final Grades and Incompletes: A Resource for Doing No Harm

    Kurt Hatch, Associate Director, AWSP
    Jun 11, 2020
    As we proceed, let’s take a collective deep breath and ensure we do no harm in the present. Let’s avoid getting bogged down in the grading-during-a-pandemic question in order to create the bandwidth needed for everyone to focus on the future of school. Let’s ensure our decisions move past the problematic nature of pre-COVID grading. We have an opportunity to push the system towards evidence-based, student-centered, assessment practices, and creative ideas for returning to school in the fall.

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