Association of Washington School Principals
Volume 2 – 2020-21
Best of the AWSP Blog
Are you subscribed yet to the AWSP blog? If not, you may have missed some of the great content we published this quarter. Here are a handful of the highlights. (And, go subscribe right now!)
I’m Not “Fine” Feb. 4, 2021 | Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP
2020 was rough. Pretty sure I’m pointing out the obvious, but it feels good to acknowledge out loud and quite publicly that it was a tough year. What makes a year like 2020 even harder is when we find ourselves in leadership positions. As leaders, we are called to be strong, resilient, stoic, positive, and hopeful through all the peaks and valleys of leadership. During my time as a principal, I quickly learned that my physical, emotional, and spiritual health took a backseat to everyone else. I spent most of my days (and nights) monitoring, nurturing, and encouraging all those within my purview. I had no idea about the amount of mental health counseling I would be doing as a principal on a daily basis. Despite a super long learning curve about human behavior, I did quickly become an expert at internalizing all of my emotions, struggles, stresses, and anxiety in order to attempt to be a smiling, joyful, and positive face for everyone else. Well, guess what? That’s not healthy and is not realistic. Read more from Dr. Seaman.
Break the Stigma: Student Mental Heath Jan. 28, 2021 | Sarnika Ali, Junior, Auburn Riverside High School
I think something every adult needs to hear right now is that students are struggling. Just as teachers are most definitely overwhelmed with the new virtual learning process, Covid-19 has taken a toll on students as well. As a band kid, I can personally say that not getting to play in different music ensembles and concerts this year has been a huge bummer and gotten me down several times. I got so bored and lonely without music that I went as far as creating my blog, "MusicandMentality," to educate others, even if it is from my desk at home. The same goes for just about most students with any activity. This all goes back to the importance of mental health. Covid-19 affects youth mental health and how schools and administrations should start thinking about putting in systems and plans to help all students within a community stigmatize mental health. Read more from Sarnika.
Beware of Learning Loss! Jan. 27, 2021 | Kurt Hatch, Associate Director, AWSP
As the pandemic continues pressure-testing the system, many people are expressing concern about the possibility of a “lost generation.” The notion of learning loss has gained traction as a problem to be solved via new policies, procedures, and practices. Research firms are publishing reports citing precise calculations of learning loss. It’s become a central educational feature of the pandemic. Read more from Kurt.
Brilliance from Within Jan. 21, 2021 | James Layman, Director of Student Programs, AWSL
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, we witnessed the inauguration of a new president. Speeches, pageantry, fireworks, oaths, and traditions were on display as the symbolic exercise of welcoming a new president was on full display. Of the noteworthy dignitaries and celebrities that were a part of the inauguration, maybe the most discussed was 22-year old Amanda Gorman. Amanda was the inauguration poet and read her poem, "The Hill We Climb." She was the youngest inauguration poet in our nation's poet. With poise, grace, power, and emotion, she captivated the country and the world as she invited us in to think, reflect, and look forward to what is possible. Read more from James.
AWSP Principals Focus on Relationships, Leadership and Partnerships
Jan. 13, 2021 | Dr. Randy L. Russell, Superintendent, Freeman SD
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. Read more from Dr. Russell.
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