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Welcome to AWSA's bi-monthly 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 18th Edition

Coaching Impact Amid Uncertainty: Reimagining Support, by Brianna Hodges

The pandemic’s toll on educators has paralleled and, in some ways, even surpassed the stressors felt by first responders.  Educators, coaches, and instructional leaders provide support, which is foundational to our work. That said, support is a variant term, meaning different things in different scenarios.  How might we reimagine support so that we can better sustain educators amid extreme uncertainty?

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Instructional Coaching in a Virtual Format (Part 2): High Impact Methods for Increasing Participation and Effectiveness, by Caroline D. Haebig

Last month’s newsletter entry, Instructional Coaching Goes Virtual: Leveling Up Professional Practice, discussed the value of creating a pilot program to identify best practices to provide instructional coaching in a virtual format. This article provides next steps, specific resources and methods to support high-impact instructional coaching methods in a virtual coaching environment. 

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State Superintendent’s 2021-23 Biennial Budget Request Addresses Priority Needs

The Department of Public Instruction submitted its 2021-23 Biennial Budget request on November 9, 2020. The department's request includes critical investments in mental health & student wellness, special education, as well as the detrimental impacts the pandemic has had on enrollments in public schools this year.  Find more information here.


Practical Cyber Security for School Leaders

School Districts across Wisconsin and the country have been thrust into a world where they need to produce meaningful remote education. During this time it is easy to put cyber preparedness on the back burner.  And, yet it is more important than ever to keep cyber security in the forefront.

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