CGL-BANNER-MAIN-10.jpg
 
 

WHAT WE DO

BIG ACTIVITY BANNER.png
 
TOPPER-1.png

OUR WHY

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!

 
Book-Stack-2.png
 
 

WHO WE SERVE

Click or tap on any box below to learn more>>

What “professional-level” groups can benefit 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
> Counselors and CITs

Ilwaco-Staff-Professional-Development.png

Which students or groups can benefit?

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

Ilwaco-Student-Pathways.png

WE SERVE A WIDE SCOPE, WITH PURPOSE

Our training and programs are applicable at all levels, in all educational settings.

We provide direct services to K-12 schools, community colleges, 4-year colleges, and organizations who 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.


4 MVV teach copy.jpg

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.

IACCA 2009 035.jpg

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.

IMG_2371 (1).jpg

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-Ashe-Head-Circle-2019.jpg

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.

Linda-Saarela-Head-Shot-3.jpg

Linda Saarela

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.

Mario-Head-Circle-2019.jpg

Mario Villanueva

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

Client-Grid-2019-CGL-1-Web-Schools.jpg
Client-Grid-Colleges.png
Client-Grid-CAMPS.png

Don’t put it off.
Now is a great time
to
get us on your schedule.

Contact Us

Please don't hesitate to reach out and ask for what you need.

 
Name *
Name
CA-HQ-Map2.png