In January 2013, the Council launched its Roadmap work with a listening tour to eight Washington communities: Bellingham, Spokane, Ellensburg, Vancouver, Seattle, Olympia, Pullman, and Walla Walla. The Council conducted small- and large-group sessions in the communities and heard from a wide range of education leaders, parents, students, business leaders, teachers, administrators, and citizens.
During the tour, participants expressed six overarching themes:
- Collaboration and innovation happen at the local level but must be enabled and encouraged statewide.
- We should support “systems thinking” to better support students in their transitions between institutions, or between school and work.
- While change is necessary, it can be costly, create widespread frustration, and sometimes result in outcomes that do not improve student achievement.
- Educational institutions, like individual students, are unique. “One size fits all” solutions often fall short when this isn’t taken into account.
- Socioeconomic factors are integral to any solution.
- Funding focus and prioritization will be critical to improving educational outcomes for Washington students over time.
Input from the listening tour will be incorporated into the final Roadmap report.
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