September 7 Edition

AWSA Update

Your Leadership Matters: Leveraging EE for More Impact in 2022-23

As a new school year and annual EE cycles get underway, this article is designed to both highlight recent DPI updates regarding EE flexibilities and encourage you to consider how you view and approach the opportunities that EE provides in 2022-23 to secure a higher result for all the effort and thereby raise prospects for impacting teaching practices and student learning like never before. Read more here.

To Ban or Not to Ban - That is the Question: The Latest on Student Free Speech Rights

It is important to remember that students have constitutional rights to free speech and the right to express themselves through various means, including their clothing. A little over 50 years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that students don't “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”  Read more here.

Adolescent Literacy Series: Annotation and Personal Inquiry

As part of the series on The Seven Proficiencies, this article focuses on annotation and personal inquiry.  We want our students to interact with text in a personal way; to make inquiries and comments that demonstrate their learning in a way that makes sense to them. Read more here.

Articles from Wisconsin DPI’s Division for Learning Support

This resource includes links to thirty articles that DPI’s Division for Learning Support has developed for AWSA over the last several years.  The articles range from the Role of the LEA Representative in IEP Meetings to What Administrators Need to Know about Seclusion and Restraint.  Read more here.

Give Students the Tools to Develop a Top Notch Service Resume

Schools, student groups and individuals who make service a priority play an important role in their community.  Do you know all the great things your students are doing for your community?  Are you looking for ways to celebrate the success of your students’ service projects in an authentic, easy and meaningful way? If you answered “yes,” then I encourage you to bring this free resource to your school community. Read more here.


September 21st Edition 

Update to Member Alert on Cutting Statewide Support for School Leaders

On September 13th, AWSA alerted members about the DPI not supporting statewide in-depth professional learning and coaching support as it has done in the past.  The alert asked members to contact the State Superintendent to support the AWSA Board of Directors’ request to fund this important work. On September 15th, the Department responded in a letter to the AWSA Board that stated that the DPI would “seek out and advocate for future opportunities with AWSA.”  AWSA leadership looks forward to working with the Department to identify these opportunities for support and will keep members updated.

Pronouns and Title IX 

Over the last several months, AWSA members have asked questions regarding how to address the issue of students’ preferred pronouns. While the issue of preferred pronouns is contextual and situation-specific, we wanted to provide some legal information on the matter to assist you. Read more here.

Herb Kohl Foundation Now Accepting Teacher & Principal Nominations for Awards

Nominations of Wisconsin PK through 12 teachers and principals can now be submitted online at for the 2023 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation teacher Fellowship and principal Leadership awards. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 5 p.m. central time. Awards are $6,000, with an additional $6,000 grant going to the school of each selected teacher and principal.  Read more here.

Engaging the YouTube Generation

Can you believe this year’s seniors are the last class to start life before Youtube?! At the same time this class was in Kindergarten when Instagram arrived on the scene, 4th grade when SnapChat gained popularity, and 8th grade when TikTok migrated from abroad. According to the most recent PEW poll on social media use among teens, 95% have a Smartphone and 95% use Youtube. 97% of teens access the internet, including social media, on a daily basis. We as educators are competing for our students’ attention against a daily onslaught of games, videos, pictures, music, and more. It is imperative that lessons and assessments hit our students where they live and engage them in their own learning. Read more here.

Title IX Issues Involving Booster Clubs and Facilities

You have just received notice from a booster club that they intend to donate a significant amount of money toward your boys’ baseball team. The booster club informs you that the donor wants the funds to go toward new uniforms and improvements to the baseball diamond’s dugout and infield. Beyond the school board’s policy on acceptance of donations, have you thought about potential discrimination issues under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in accepting and administering the donation? The following article will provide background information on Title IX related to the role of the Title IX Coordinator, the handling of booster club funds under the lens of Title IX and how Title IX affects facility access, planning and development. Read more here.

Staffing Challenges in Special Education and Related Services: What Building Leaders Need to Know

The Department of Public Instruction’s Special Education Team recently convened focus groups to identify common themes and to make recommendations to address staffing challenges in special education.  This article shares these recommendations. Read more here.

Save the Date for Upcoming AWSA Conferences

  • Associate Principals Conference: January 25-27, 2023, Concourse Hotel, Downtown Madison
  • High School & Middle School Convention: February 8-10, 2023, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

Registration will open for both conferences in October. 

2022 Elementary Principals’ Convention: Registration is Open

The 2022 Elementary Principals’ Convention will feature sessions by Zaretta Hammond, Rick Wormeli, high-impact school leaders, and AWSA thought leaders. Register today for this fantastic learning opportunity October 12-14, 2022!