Regional workshops were held in Educational Service District 101 (Spokane) for first year teams from Chewelah, Columbia-Hunter, Curlew, Davenport, East Valley, Reardan-Edwall, Ritzville-Lind, and Tekoa. Educational Service District 113 (Tumwater) teams are ESD 113, Mossyrock, Napavine, Onalaska, Rochester, Southside, Tenino, and Toledo. All teams examined the WSLA statewide problem of practice: How can we create and lead a system that ensures effective instruction for all students, integrates multiple initiatives; i.e., Common Core, TPEP, Smarter Balanced…and results in sustained high levels of learning?
For each district, the answer to the problem of practice may look different, but all teams were excited to tackle it. In reviewing and averaging Year 1, Workshop 1 evaluations, participants scored the workshop a 4.25 on a 5-point scale (5 representing High Value).
When asked about what two concepts participants learned or learned more about in the first workshop, the answers were enthusiastic. “WSLA’s rubric and curriculum strands were new, but well stated,” mentioned one participant. Another commented, “Creating a Problem of Practice takes deep thinking and active listening – we finally got one. And, our coach is good too!”
But a more important question for participants to answer is how their work will change due to the first regional workshop. Answers included, “new perspective on secondary interventions and how to support students, be more cognizant about seeing times where we can be intentional about collaborating cross team, and use the Cycle of Inquiry when working on problems of practice.”
The powerful learning and collaboration discovered by district teams will continue at the next set of regional workshops in December.