Association of Washington School Principals
Volume 3 – 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!)
No U-Turns: Moving Forward Beyond the Pandemic James Layman, AWSL Director | May 13, 2021
As we get ready to close the doors on the 2020- 2021 school year, the big questions and musings are starting to rumble beneath the surface. “I can’t wait until we can ______________, again.” “Remember when we use to _________________? I cannot wait until we can do that again.” Now is an extraordinary time to assess these ponderings and begin to examine what “needs” to come back in our post-covid era and what is best for students as we continue to move through these times of “what’s next?” This week I got to work with middle school students, and I asked the question, "What have been some positives of the past year?" Their answers were riveting, powerful, profound, and revealing!
Resisting “Back to Normal” Brett Wille, Principal, Monroe High School | May 03, 2021
Over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all heard this sentiment over and over: “I can’t wait to get back to normal!” As leaders, likely we’ve uttered that very statement many times in moments of exhaustion. Yet as we think about equity and inclusive practices that move us towards meeting the needs of all children, do we really want to go “back to normal?" If we are honest with ourselves, going back to normal is the last thing we should be trying to do.
Want Some Ideas? Ask a Principal
Dr. Scott Seaman, AWSP Executive Director | Apr 29, 2021
The research continues to be very clear about the important role principals play in the system. Leaders of culture, systems, and learning. Creators of hope. This became even more clear as I watched our amazing principals lead during COVID. Their leadership during the last year has been nothing short of extraordinary. Now, let’s not overlook their leadership, persistence, commitment, and experience as districts begin developing those plans. Who has the best glimpse into what each individual school needs? Principals. So, let’s make sure we ask them.
Thoughts on the Chauvin Verdict
AWSP | Apr 23, 2021
This past Tuesday, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death. This poignant and pivotal moment represents another chapter in our country's dialog on policing and race relations. As educators, we should use it to elevate our conversations on race, on justice and accountability, and on the future of our communities.
Partnership With a Purpose: Cispus Learning Center and the Nisqually Indian Tribe
Chase Buffington, Director, Cispus Learning Center | Apr 1, 2021
On March 18, 2021, the Nisqually Indian Tribe and the Cispus Learning Center came together in the mountains of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to partner and build for the future. We believe knowledge is power and when you build emotion into a hands-on experience, it will stay with you forever. We hope to pass down the message that we are more than people, but also caretakers of the land.
Education in the Time of COVID: A LEV Webinar
David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP | Mar 10, 2021
As we approach the final quarter of this historic and challenging school year, principals across Washington are navigating remote, hybrid, and modified in-person learning environments for students, educators, and families. We’ve helped assemble a panel of principals to join the League of Education Voters for one of their lunchtime “LEVinars.”
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