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WHAT WE DO

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We provide professional development
and experiential programs for
K-12 and post-secondary faculty.

We specialize in building skills that increase
student engagement, promote a global mindset and integrate experiential learning.

OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Building authentic relationships

  • Practicing intentional student engagement

  • Promoting social and emotional intelligence

  • Educating on concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Training how to implement teamwork in the classroom

  • Modelling excellence not mediocrity

  • Managing time on target

 

Professional Development Video Demos

Here are samples of our mini-modules for college faculty on the topic of student engagement. Click on the sample demos to view.

OUR WHY

We are passionate practitioners
of experiential facilitation
that involves face-to-face interaction
with people in real time.

A deficit of “healthy and direct
human social interactions
is affecting current generations.

We can’t afford to disconnect
from the importance of
having effective people skills.

…Mission first, people always!

 
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WHO WE SERVE

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Who benefits from an improved team culture?

> Leadership teams
> School boards
> Faculty and staff
> Teaching teams
> After school staff

 

> Directors
> Committees and counsels
> Program staff and leaders
> Facilitators and instructors
> …the entire community

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We offer programs for students too.

> Incoming freshmen
> High school seniors
> Any student calibrating career pathways
> Teams, clubs, organizations
> Emerging student leaders

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WE SERVE A WIDE SCOPE, WITH PURPOSE

Our training and programs are applicable across levels, in multiple settings.

We provide direct services to K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, and organizations that continue to teach during out-of-school-time.

Our team facilitates faculty, administration and staff, as well as, students ranging from middle school through post-secondary.


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One Day PD Sessions

Highly interactive professional development sessions highlight the seven principles of intentional engagement. These abbreviated workshops move fast and get people out of their seats doing, rather than just listening.

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Off-Site Institutes

Off-sites occur in late fall and during summer. We bring together designated champions from multiple institutions to enhance the depth of this holistic experience. Prepare to be re-energized and refreshed.

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Online Content and Support

Many of our workshops and retreats are supported through the CGL Digital Classroom. We have made in-services, training and short-courses available in a fun and simplified format to keep our methods and processes close at hand, not buried on a shelf. Anyone can benefit.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Dan Ashe

DAN is the principal and founder of Challenge Applications, the parent organization of Common Ground Learning and has prior experience in the military, education and non-profit sectors. His passion is centered on “building better teams” using experiential strategies gleaned first-hand from Outward Bound expeditions, small unit leadership and successful business partnerships both regionally and nationally.

He has taught in K-12 schools, post-secondary, and is a corporate trainer. Dan enjoys exploring the culture and essence of the Pacific Northwest where he lives with his wife, Ann and son Noah.

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Linda Saarela

MASTER TRAINER. Linda’s experience includes teaching as a full professor at Pierce College in Puyallup, WA in the Business, Management and Marketing Departments. She has served as a senior consultant and corporate trainer for over 25 years specializing in leadership development. Linda designs hybrid and online learning programs, as well as, facilitates training, workshops and retreats for Common Ground Learning and Challenge Applications.

She is our master trainer and coach. Linda lives with her family near Puyallup, Washington.

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Diana Bullen

MASTER TRAINER. Diana has over 20 years of experience in academia, training and development. Her travels around the world offered her the opportunity to facilitate training workshops for businessmen and women, directors and government dignitaries from diverse backgrounds and fields across three continents (Asia, EU, USA). Her diversity coupled with her bilingual ability and extensive experience in training and facilitation makes her a unique consultant, coach and trainer.

She has served as full professor at two community colleges in the Business Department: Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ, and Pierce College in Lakewood, WA. She has also provided teaching support in the K-12 environment.

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Augie Lankford

MASTER TRAINER. Augie has 25 years leading, facilitating and managing challenge courses in Maryland and Pennsylvania with extensive experience working with corporate, non-profit agencies, colleges, K-12 schools, military and sports teams using the challenge course and outdoor settings as a framework for group process.

In his spare time Augie coaches his sons sports teams and serves as a scout leader. He lives with his wife and two boys in Wilmington, DE.

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Mario Villanueva

SENIOR CONSULTANT. Mario handles our sales and operations. With the official title of Senior Project Consultant, he leverages his experience as the former Director of Washington USDA Rural Development Program, an appointment by President Barrack Obama. Mario served the administration for eight years, then launched his own services to support rural communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

He is our project Jedi, getting things organized, tracked and prepared. Mario lives with his family outside of Olympia, Washington.



WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US…

The video below features three people who were trained by Dan Ashe, principal and lead consultant.

  • Bruce Keith, Physical Education Teacher and Challenge Course Practitioner, Virginia Public Schools

  • Kelly Rampmeyer, Educator and Practitioner, Summit School, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Susan Johnson, Director of George Mason University, EDGE Program, Manassas, Virginia

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