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  • Legislative Update for January 15, 2021

    Roz Thompson | Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Jan 15, 2021
    A very unusual session started this week, beginning with more somber opening day House and Senate sessions in which both houses voted on remote rules. Members who traveled to Olympia for the first day had to navigate terrible rain and tightened security measures to enter the Capitol. Committee hearings began on Tuesday and continued all week
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for January 15, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Jan 15, 2021
    As the vaccines continue to make their presence felt to all, we still live in a COVID–19 world. The pandemic may well be on its way out, but until that time, the Washington State Legislature is operating in a “Zoom” world. This not only impacts how AWSP operates but also affects employers and present and future school retirees.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Jan. 15 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Jan 15, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • AWSP Principals Focus on Relationships, Leadership and Partnerships

    Dr. Randy L. Russell, Superintendent, Freeman School District
    Jan 13, 2021
    As a superintendent, and former assistant principal and principal, I admire and respect our AWSP principals and assistant principals. Why? Principals and assistant principals are committed to the students they serve! Principals and assistant principals are advocates for their staff members! Principals and assistant principals are tireless workers committed to making things better for their school community! These are just a few of the many reasons why our principals and assistant principals are so admired and respected.
  • Legislative Update - Jan. 8, 2021

    Roz Thompson
    Jan 08, 2021
    The 2021 legislative session kicks off on Monday, January 11th and both the House and the Senate will convene for opening day and swearing-in ceremonies.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Jan. 8 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Jan 08, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • Critical Conversation Resources for Schools

    James Layman - Director of Student Programs, AWSL
    Jan 08, 2021
    Where do we even begin? How do I have these conversations with my staff and students? These questions come to mind, anytime there is turbulence in our greater world, especially when societal issues make their way into our schools.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Dec. 17 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Jan 07, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • School Celebration Newsletter | January Edition

    Cindy Cromwell, Alternative Learning Education Administrator for the Kelso School District
    Jan 04, 2021
    This past year is one that provided me a variety of opportunities to learn, grow and become a better person and principal. As we turn the page on 2020 I want to encourage you to reflect on the positive memories of the year. It is important to honor the incredible work you have done to support your staff, students, and families you serve through this unforgettable school year. Even when exhausted you continue to inspire and motivate your staff. If no one has told you lately I want you to know you are doing a phenomenal job. I hope you find this month's newsletter full of simple ideas to help bring laughter and joy to your work. Feel free to reach out to me if I can do anything to support your work or be a sounding board as you maneuver through these unchartered waters. Cheers to 2021 and this fantastic world of principaling.
  • OSPI January 2020 School Safety Blog

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Jan 01, 2021
    For those of you who have known me for a while, you may know that I was an English teacher for years – both English Language Arts and English As a Second Language. I have taught every grade level from K thru graduate level courses. Mainly in secondary classrooms in different places around the country – the world, even. So what? How does that apply to school safety?

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