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Association of Washington School Principals
Washington Principal | Volume 2– 2022-23
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!)
A Letter from WASA & AWSP Joel Aune, Executive Director, WASA and Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP (May 09, 2023)
The Executive Teams from AWSP and WASA met on April 25th for a discussion to begin exploring opportunities for collaboration as related to the health and future sustainability of the principalship here in Washington state. This interest is not only shared by our respective associations, but also by principals and superintendents alike. We know that superintendents view the principal as a key member of the district leadership team, and more importantly an essential element in the creation of superior schools and sustaining that level of excellence over time.
Just One Moment
Patrick Vincent, Principal, Union Gap School, Union Gap School District (May 01, 2023)
Mr. Regalado died 9 years ago. Thousands of students, like me, who spent time in the darkroom at his side with our negatives and prints, asking about exposure, composition, and what made a good photograph good, mourned when we heard the news. He was one of those teachers that zealously approached his subject, mastered the command of his ship (à la his classroom), and built a community of learners at the tables in his room. From his class, I remember learning about Henri Cartier-Bresson, AKA "The Father of the Decisive Moment."
You Have Five Jobs
Brent Osborn, 2022-23 AWSP President & Principal, Lakeside High School, Nine Mile Falls School District (Apr 12, 2023)
A great mentor of mine told me once that I have five jobs in life, and only five. My mentor would say if you do these five jobs, what kind of teacher will you be? If you do these five jobs, what kind of school leader will you be?
Principal Raquel Martinez of Pasco is Named First Latina President of NASSP
Julie Woods, Member Services Specialist, AWSP (Feb 13, 2023)
AWSP’s very own Raquel Martinez, principal of Isaac Stevens Middle School in Pasco, has been named the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) new president-elect. Martinez has been serving on the NASSP Board of Directors as part of the Advocacy and Governance Committees. She is the first Latina president of NASSP.
SB 5085 and SB 5175. Why These Bills? Why Now?
Dr. Scott Seaman, Executive Director, AWSP (Feb 23, 2023)
For 51 years, AWSP has supported principals and assistant principals (the individuals) and the principalship (the profession) in the education of each and every student. We exist to support principals as a means to the same goal we all have in K-12 education: for all of our students to have hope. Today, we find ourselves in one of the most challenging spots in the history of our association, specifically regarding the two “principal bills,” Senate Bills 5085 and 5175.
Introducing the AWSP Learning Lab
David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP (Mar 30, 2023)
Welcome to the AWSP Learning Lab. Formerly known as Path, the Learning Lab is the place for you to learn whenever, wherever, and on any device. Whether you're looking for an on-demand course or a live webinar, we've got something for you.
Quick Inclusion Takeaway and Member Spotlight
Ashley Barker, Inclusion Director, AWSP (Jan 23, 2023)
This week, we would like to spotlight Hazen High School in Renton, WA. Principal Ashley Landes created this auto-reply email in collaboration with her counseling team and shared it with her staff at their meeting before the break to help staff understand the additional community resources to support students while school wasn’t in session. Knowing that their students had access to support beyond school allowed many staff to disengage from email and enjoy their time off. At Hazen, this auto-reply was added to staff email over the holiday; however, a similar message could be used after school hours and on weekends to ensure access to available resources. Thank you, Team Hazen, for this great idea and powerful inclusionary practice, which allows students with diverse needs to access community resources. This template was adapted from their resource list so our members can add their local resources.