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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.  

February 12th Edition

The School Leader and Effective Data Use

by WISExplore Team: Jim Lee (CESA 12), Lisa Arneson (CESA 3), Mary Ann Hudziak (CESA 6), Judy Sargent (CESA 7

Using the Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership, principal supervisors are encouraged to provide feedback on the evidence that school leaders understand and facilitate cycles of inquiry at the school level (see Figure 1). Internal and external accountability exists and can be a strong lever for improvement.  This includes the ability to facilitate leadership teams that learn and grow together.

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Managing the Use of CBD Oil in Schools

by Attorneys Abby Busler and Robert Burns 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the newest buzzword flying around Wisconsin school districts.  Students, staff and parents are discussing this product and want to know their school district’s perspective on this hot topic.  The topic of CBD often becomes confused with marijuana.  While states surrounding Wisconsin, such as Illinois and Michigan, legalized recreational marijuana use, Wisconsin law has not changed and marijuana continues to be illegal here and federally.  This article focuses on CBD and provides the legal background of a rapidly changing enterprise and provides administrators with practical advice in considering CBD product requests in Wisconsin schools.

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Principals In Action- Redefining the Role

by Mark French, Principal of Gatewood Elementary School in Minnetonka, MN, Ryan Sheehy, Principal of Highlands Elementary School in Concord, CA, Jay Posick, Principal of Merton Intermediate School in Merton, WI.

Back in July of 2017, I was fortunate to present with Mark French (@PrincipalFrench) and Ryan Sheehy (@sheehyrw) about the Twitter hashtag #principalsinaction at the National Principals Conference in Philadelphia.  We not only presented together, we connected with principals from all over the country. It was a game-changing experience and helped us decide to pursue writing a book about being principals in action.

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