Welcome to AWSL

A Bit About Us

The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) sponsored its first student leadership program in 1956. Since then, AWSP has continued to grow and adapt its student leadership programs to meet the changing needs of students and schools.

Today, AWSP's student leadership office, the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL), serves more than 12,000 Washington students and advisers annually through a variety of programs. More than 500 volunteers help us facilitate programs each year.

Our Mission

AWSP will provide student leadership programs that support and increase the academic and social success of all students.

Service to Schools

To fulfill our mission, the Association of Washington Student Leaders offers a variety of training opportunities: camps, retreats, conferences, publications and workshops. Guided by rigorous goals and objectives, AWSL is recognized as a national model of excellence. Learn more about our programs and our rich, 60 year history of service to schools.

Upcoming Events

Summer Camp Reservations are now open!!

Link to reservations and packets

Ongoing Events

  • Registrations for High School summer Leadership Camps, Middle Level summer Leadership Camps and CheerLeadership Camps are all open. Download a registration packet at our Registrations & Applications page, and contact your school bookkeeper about securing your purchase order.

  • The new and seriously bulked up edition of AWSL's elementary leadership curriculum, Inspiring Students to Lead, is currently available. The 161 page curriculum now includes model lesson plans on critical leadership concepts, with 15 student handouts in both English and Spanish, three leadership workshop plans with facilitator script, and a manual on inclusive recess and table games. This curriculum is great for any elementary school wishing to build their culture and climate, or for high school leadership programs looking to reach out to the elementary level as an advanced leadership opportunity.

  • The second edition of AWSL's groundbreaking high school leadership curriculum, Building Leaders for Life, is available today. This 400+ page curriculum guide contains a comprehensive Getting Started section, almost 94 lessons and activities in 5 content areas, and a collection of organizational tools and assessments. Included is a PDF of all 137 lesson handouts. This update of the 1992 classic will be an invaluable addition to any leadership program's library.

To see what else we have going on and what we've been up to, check out the archives of our In The Loop newsletter.

What's been happening at AWSL, Cispus, and Chewelah Peak?

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On October 8, 2018, AWSL completed an over five-year-long process of rewriting and updating our three signature publications for Elementary, Middle School and High School leadership instruction with the publication of the second edition of Starting in the Middle: Leadership Lessons for Middle Level Students. With this accomplishment, AWSL has updated all of its core leadership curriculum and resources for new classroom technologies, the migration of social interaction to phones and computers, and for more inclusive language and culturally aware approaches to the leadership lessons of the past that have withstood the test of time. Included are the old standbys we’ve all gotten to know and trust, updated with two decades of feedback and innovation on best practices, as well as new leadership lessons to meet the ever-evolving world of student leadership and our larger social context. See our Publications page for further information and an order form for all of our publications.

Coming to Chewelah Peak?

Visit the Chewelah Peak website for a packing list, directions, and weather information.

Coming to Cispus?

Visit the Cispus website for a packing list, directions, and weather information.