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Welcome to AWSA's bi-weekly newsletter! Below you will find our most recent edition of the AWSA Update Bulletin. Located on the side you will find current and past articles, current events and sponsor information.  

November 30th Edition 

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State Supports for Schools Responding to Critical Incidents: What Every Leader Should Know

Having watched my first principal mentor respond to a multi-fatality car accident early in my teaching career, I knew there were some things which school leaders COULD handle, but that they could handle better if they had some help. I have strongly believed ever since, that Wisconsin needs a robust support system for school leaders responding to critical incidents, preferably with that support coming from outside the  the impacted school community. Read more here.

Misa Sato Named Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year

On November 10th Misa Sato, Associate Principal, Milwaukee Reagan High School was named Wisconsin’s Associate Principal of the Year.  The announcement was made during a surprise ceremony at Reagan. Sato, who has served as assistant principal of Reagan for the past six years, has focused on fostering a school culture based on respect and high expectations. Read more here.

Leading Collaborative Teams that Impact Achievement and Engagement

We have long known that collaboration and collective efficacy can transform outcomes for kids.  The state of Wisconsin, our school districts, have sent thousands of teams to institutes and professional learning opportunities focused on collaborative teams.  Yet, collaborative teams often get stuck in unit planning or sorting students based on assessment results and never get to the heart of the primary role of the PLC.  Read more here.

AWSA Recognizes John Forester’s Service

AWSA presented John Forester with its Outstanding Service Award at the Elementary Principals’ Convention in October.  John is retiring this December after leading the School Administrators Alliance for twenty years.  Read more here.

The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework: Moving Towards an Integrated System of Supports (Article 2 of 3)

As discussed in the previous article, The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework:  Shifting Perspectives about Mental Health, building and sustaining a Comprehensive School Mental Health System (CSMHS) requires schools to establish a shared understanding of mental health within the school community and a shared commitment to systems change. With this shared understanding and commitment in mind, schools can better approach the work of integrating mental health supports into existing academic and behavior support systems. Read more here.

Associate Principals Conference

Registration is open for the Associate Principal Conference held January 25-27, 2023 at the Concourse Hotel, in Madison. Conference highlights include keynote sessions by Dr. Niraji Nijhawan, Respond, Adapt and Thrive in a Chaotic World and Beth Houf, From Surviving to Thriving as a School Leader. Read more here. 

Middle and High School Principals Conference 

Registration is open for the Middle and High School Principal Conference held February 8-10, 2023, at the Kalahari Resort. Wisconsin's own Joe Sanfelippo, will open the conference on Leading Where You Are and the 2022 National Secondary Principal of the Year Beth Houf, will close the conference onFrom Surviving to Thriving as a School Leader. Read more here.