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 Welcome to AWSA's biweekly newsletter! Below you will find the 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.  

The AWSA Update Bulletin will return in August 2017. In the meantime you will find the most read articles of 2016-17 below. 


June 7th Edition - End of Year Edition

Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for High Impact

by Joe Schroeder, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, AWSA

When first published in 2011, Michael Fullan’s policy paper titled “Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reforms” struck a deep chord because he described so eloquently and powerfully what so many of us in the field were coming to understand:  that much/most of major US educational policy was founded on “the wrong drivers” and thus would ultimately not realize its aims. 

As delineated in the paper, the four wrong drivers were external accountabilityindividualismtechnology acquisition, and ad hoc policies.  The four right drivers were capacity building with a focus on resultscollaborationpedagogy, and systemness (i.e., coordinated policies).  Although a very influential read at the time, Fullan, by his own admission, conceded that “the ‘drivers paper’ was not a plan of action.”  But now fast forward five years and note that his recently co-authored work with Joanne Quinn, Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems (2016) does build on the “drivers policy paper” -- laying out a pathway of action forward for those leaders committed to high impact on the staff and students who they lead and serve.

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Why Digital Citizenship is Digital PBIS- and Why It Really Matters

by Brian Casey, Ed.D.Director of Technology Stevens Point Area Public School District

"Our kids are growing up on a digital playground and no one is on recess duty."

Kevin Honeycutt

Technology has changed the world we live in. Today’s digital landscape is very different from when most educators began their teaching careers. According to authors Rainie and Wellman (2012) we have undergone a ‘triple revolution’ with the proliferation of mobile computers, widespread participation in social networks and the expansion of access to high-speed internet connections. The way our children interact with others and learn new things has changed since we grew up. Online behavior is no longer external to education. Most older students now carry around a portable computer in their pocket and many receive a device from their school to use (Anderson 2015).

Our schools must help students navigate this new world. Social media, YouTube, blogging, Snapchat, texting and virtual reality such as Pokémon Go are often denigrated as pure entertainment outside the scope of education. Some educators still hold a negative view of smartphones and schools often prohibit students from using their personal devices during the school day. Whether we like it or not, or agree, the majority of Americans (64%) are now smartphone users (Anderson, 2015). Mobile computing is fully entrenched in our daily lives, including education, family life and work. We use our phones to shop, bank, play, get breaking news, find information, navigate, talk or text, and interact on social media and email. 

Read more. 


Administrator Contracts: Annual Reminders

By Malina Piontek, Attorney

Wisconsin law requires school boards to contract with administrators, in writing, as well as to comply with specific contract renewal and nonrenewal procedures and deadlines.  Since December, principals have been increasingly calling AWSA’s legal hotline with questions about administrator contracts and these statutory requirements. The first weeks of January have seen a flurry of contract questions as well. This Update is designed to provide principals with essential information about individual principal contracts, their terms, and the timelines for renewal and nonrenewal of these contracts.

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Learning Leadership Academy to Launch in September

AWSA and WASDA are very pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Capper (UW-Madison) and Dr. Elise Frattura (UW-Milwaukee) will be partnering with Dr. Joe Schroeder (AWSA) to facilitate the 2017-18 Leading for Equity Academy. Drs. Capper and Frattura have dedicated their professional lives to equity work in education; have co-authored three books and over 60 refereed articles on the subject; and have co-created a highly regarded, research-based, and field-tested approach called Integrated Comprehensive Systems (ICS), which provides a baseline assessment, framework, and process that education leaders can use to thoughtfully address existing inequities in their organizations from a systems approach.
 
The Leading for Equity Academy (LEA) will engage you in deep analysis of your organization so that you are equipped to thoughtfully address complex problems of equity and effectively action plan next steps to tackle persistent -- but not insurmountable -- achievement gaps, however they are manifested within your local community.  The blended and distributed learning session design of this academy fosters application of learning and related plans, with timely opportunities for reflection and adjustment as participants cultivate sustainable practices and mindsets back home.