WHAT WE DO
Culture is what leads,
….when the leader is not around.
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!
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
> Committees and counsels
> Program staff and leaders
> Facilitators and instructors
> Counselors and CITs
We offer programs for students too.
> Incoming freshmen
> High school seniors
> Any student calibrating career pathways
> Teams, clubs, organizations
> Emerging student leaders
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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