Association of Washington School Principals
Volume 3 – 2020-21
News Briefs
Congratulations to Chris Espeland and Kurt Hatch on their Doctorates!
Congratulations are in order to new graduates Dr. Chris Espeland and Dr. Kurt Hatch. Both recently graduated from the University of Washington’s Leadership for Learning program. We are so proud and excited for them.
Dr. Kurt Hatch Accepts Role of Educational Administration Program Director and Professor of Practice at UW Tacoma
Getting his doctorate isn’t the only change for Kurt. Starting June 1st, Dr. Kurt Hatch will be the Educational Administration Program Director and professor of practice at the University of Washington Tacoma. Although a direct loss for AWSP, it is an indirect win as Kurt will be shaping and preparing the next generation of school leaders at UWT. Kurt made AWSP better. He made us stronger as leaders. He left a long-lasting impact and legacy with us and across the state and country. We are better leaders thanks to Kurt’s time at AWSP. Future leaders enrolling in UW-T’s principal prep program will be in good hands. Learn more about Kurt's impact on AWSP and across the state in our blog post.
Welcome Layla and Billy to AWSL and Cispus!
Meet Layla (She/Her): “Hey y’all! I am originally from a small town in Kentucky. I attended Georgetown College where I got my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Sustainable Community Development and minors in Psychology and Spanish. I served as an Americorps member in my hometown working with people experiencing homelessness. I then moved to Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia where I taught high school English and elementary after-school programs. After teaching, I continued to work with youth and families to provide mental health supports and other resources. I received my Master of Social Work at the University of Missouri and began working in higher education designing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion programs and curriculum for faculty, staff and students. I have a passion for serving others, hearing their stories and working to make spaces and systems more equitable for all. In my free time, you can find me dancing somewhere! Otherwise, I’m hiking and foraging for tiny treasures in the forest to make jewelry and other art.” Meet Billy (He/Him): “Howdy y’all! My name’s Billy Hager-DeMyer! About three years ago I moved to Washington from Texas with my husband, Alex (we got married just before the pandemic, so I feel we can take on anything), and two pups, Harley and Mav, for a change of pace, new opportunities, and to further our education. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Conditioning, and minors in Coaching and Sociology. Since then, I have been a challenge course facilitator (on and off) for nearly a decade and specialized in leadership and training development through my master's program. When I’m not working I enjoy video games (right now I'm hooked on Dead by Daylight - I’m a bit of a horror fanatic), hiking, soccer, crossfit, DIYing, and playing with my two pups.” Layla started with AWSL in May, and Billy will begin at Cispus in July! We are excited to have them both as part of the team!
Cindy Sholtys-Cromwell is Named One of NASSP’s 2021 Digital Principals of the Year
Kelso Virtual Academy Principal Cindy Sholtys-Cromwell was one of NASSP’s 2021 Digital Principal of the Year (DPOY) Award recipients. The award recognizes extraordinary, tech-savvy school leaders from around the country, and recipients are honored for integrating digital media in their efforts to improve instruction, student achievement, and their own leadership.
Here is what the NASSP website says about Cindy: “In the spring of 2020, Principal Cindy Sholtys-Cromwell was hired to lead Kelso Virtual Academy. To meet the needs of the community during the pandemic, she was immediately tasked with expanding it to a K–12 school. By August, enrollment went from 30 students to over 1,000. With this growth, Sholtys-Cromwell and her team had to quickly design a plan to meet the vast learning needs of its students, particularly for those with IEPs. She worked directly with special education staff and intervention specialists on professional development to ensure access to and modification of the online curriculum.”
Cindy is a longtime member of our Communications Advisory Council, contributes to the AWSP blog with her monthly school celebration newsletters, and is a frequent presenter at AWSP professional learning workshops. Congrats, Cindy!!
AWSP Receives Membership Awards from NAESP
In March, AWSP received several awards from the National Association of Elementary Principals for our membership numbers and support of the principalship. Awards included:
  • Highest Percent of Market Share Award
  • Highest Membership Count Award
  • Highest Membership in Zone 9 Award
We are proud of these awards and particular kudos go to our Membership Coordinator, Annalee Braley, who has been keeping records up-to-date and helping members stay connected to AWSP for over 30 years.
Nominate Today for 2021 Principal of the Year
Every year, AWSP selects a Washington State Principal of the Year. In the past, we’ve selected three state winners; one from elementary, one from middle level, and one from high school. This year, we’ve got one for secondary and one for elementary. Beginning this year, we’re revamping our Principal of the Year selection process. We will select one winner per ESD, regardless of level, and select one state winner from the nine ESD/Regional winners. This aligns with the classified, teacher, and superintendent of the year award programs.
The nomination window is now open! Anyone can nominate. Nominations must be submitted by July 31, 2021. Learn more.
Summer Leadership Series: Coming This Summer from AWSL
We are excited to introduce our ‘Summer Leadership Series’ presented AWSL and our AWSL Summer Camps! Coming to you, this summer!
The Summer Leadership Series will include:
  • Four live masterclasses for secondary school teams
  • Three idea share sessions for high school teams
  • Two idea share sessions for middle-level school teams
  • Asynchronous (on-demand) sessions provided by AWSL Summer Camp Staff
  • Adviser training
The Summer Leadership Series will focus on:
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • AWSP Leadership Framework
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Preparation for the 2021–2022 School Year
More information will be announced soon! Stay informed by visiting our website.
21-22 AWSP Leadership Framework Training Dates
The AWSP Leadership Framework Training is required by the state for anyone who is ‘new’ to supervising a principal or assistant principal. These trainings will be facilitated by AWSP’s Scott Friedman and Jack Arend. All trainings will be virtual. Various ESDs will ‘host’ these sessions and provide pdEnroller information for registration.
July Day #1 | Monday, July 26 Day #2 | Tuesday, July 27
August Day #1 | Thursday, August 19 Day #2 | Friday, August 20
September Day #1 | Friday, September 24 Day #2 | Monday, September 27
October Day #1 | Friday, October 22 Day #2 | Friday, October 29
December Day #1 | Thursday, December 9 Day #2 | Friday, December 10
February 2022 Day #1 | Tuesday, February 22 Day #2 | Monday, February 28
Registration info is coming soon. For more information, check out our website or contact Jack Arend.
All Systems Go: Taking Control of Your Fall Launch | Aug. 4-5
AWSP is excited to announce two brand-new professional learning workshops to help start the 2021-22 school year off on the right foot.
All Systems Go: Taking Control of Your Fall Launch | Aug. 4-5
We’re bringing you an all-new virtual kick-off workshop August 4-5 that will help you launch the 2021-22 school year. Whether you’ll be a brand-new leader or just want some fresh ideas around restarting after the pandemic year, this workshop will have content to help you take control and get ready to go back to school.
  • Date: August 4-5
  • Time: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. (both days)
  • Location: VIRTUAL (Zoom)
  • Two-Day Price: $175
  • Audience: School leaders (principals, assistant principals, administrative interns, deans, counselors)
  • Clock hours: 6 clock hours included with registration
  • Team Discount: Register 20 or more from your district to receive a 50% discount!
Learn more on the AWSP website.
Leading + Learning Together: Designing a Strong Principal and Administrative Professional Partnership | Aug. 19
Your partnership with your administrative professional is critical. Your roles complement each other’s leadership and make your school successful. Join us August 19 for a brand-new workshop that will help you and your administrative professional establish the blueprint for your partnership, unite around your “why" and have fun together.
  • Date: August 19
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: VIRTUAL (Zoom)
  • Price: $225 per team of two
  • Audience: Principal, or assistant principal, and administrative professional team
  • Clock Hours: 2 clock hours included with registration
Learn more on the AWSP website.
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