Leadership teams in ESD 113 (Olympia) displayed their creative abilities for others in the group at a recent WSLA workshop. In their first year with WSLA, teams were asked by instructors, Glenys Hill and Mickey Lahmann, to visualize their WSLA work over the next two years and then draw a picture of what they expect to achieve in each of their districts. All six district WSLA teams surprised the others with their artistic abilities as well as their thoughtful perspectives on the challenges ahead.
- Tenino’s map for climbing, what the team perceives to be a tall mountain, includes concepts for improving student achievement such as Leadership Alignment, Common Vocabulary, and a Common Message to help district Stakeholders understand the “Moral Imperative” and the urgency of the need to help ALL students achieve in school and beyond.
- The Toledo team chose to use a curvy “Road to Success”, illustrating the work needed to drive a large “PRIDE” truck up a steep, treacherous road to the first stop toward their destination: A focused plan for improving student learning that must continue beyond this year and next.
The activity was fun and uplifting for participants, and all WSLA participants put much thought into steps needed toward reaching the critical goals for the students in each of the six districts.