in .the .news

May 2012

WSLA Plan for 2012-13 Explained at WASA Superintendent Workshop

WSLA Director Carol Whitehead shared plans for a Principal Evaluation program that will run alongside the Academy's regular program. View the presentation. (PDF)

December 20, 2010

Article cites value of superintendent-principal team work and promotes WSLA

WSLA graduate Cathie West (Granite Falls) has penned an article in the January/February 2011issue of Principal magazine. Read it here.

December 14, 2010

Message to WSLA participants regarding state budget cuts: 2010-11 workshops reduced in number

I regret needing to send this message; however, I suspect you have been expecting to hear from The Leadership Academy. As you know, the State Legislature met over the weekend and significantly reduced K-12 education funding. Cuts were deep, and were made in programs that are needed in your districts. I am sorry for the stress you must be experiencing.  Read more

November 10, 2010

AWSP’s Gary Kipp tours WSLA workshops to brief district teams on teacher and principal evaluation pilots

Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) Executive Director Gary Kipp made the rounds at recent WSLA regional workshops across the state to share information on the teacher and principal evaluation pilots. Read more

August 2010

2009-10 Annual Report from the BERC Group

The 2009-10 Annual Report from the BERC Group is now available for review.

April 22, 2010

New WSLA Cohort for Fall: Legislative Funding Enables Continued Growth for the Academy

With the close of session on April 13, we are pleased to report that the WSLA has retained legislative funding secured in the 2009 session that will allow us to begin a new cohort in the fall. District selection for the new cohort will occur through the educational service districts (ESDs). In meeting our commitment to serve the entire state, the three ESDs not yet involved in WSLA (101-Spokane, 114-Bremerton and 123-Pasco) will be offered the first opportunity to join.

April 9, 2010

Press Release: Kinsley to Retire as WSLA Director

January 18, 2010

WSLA Director Dale Kinsley makes presentation to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee.

Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committee Members received an overview of the status and structure of the Washington State Leadership Academy on Monday. The slideshow presentation in Adobe PDF format is available in the Resources section of our site. The presentation was taped by TVW and can be viewed online (or audio downloaded as an mp3 file) via TVW archives. Visit

October 9, 2009

Elma uses in-service day to strengthen and align curriculum work across grade levels.

Elma teachers, principals, and district and building staff met on October 9 to further conversations that began at their summer institutes—a result of the district team's work with the Leadership Academy. At this fourth gathering of Elma staff since August, participants continued to build a culture of conversation surrounding improving academic success for their students.

Elma's problem of practice is to ensure that all students are at grade level in reading and math as determined by…[researched-based collaborative efforts]. The sentence was intentionally left incomplete in order to building ownership in the issue and resulting actions by engaging all staff in the discussions.

"At the heart of the work," observed WSLA Coach Tom Marrs, "is the belief that everyone in the system needs to be engaged and involved in the conversations about how to improve the system."

Attendees split out by K–12 curriculum groups to identify issues and common goals with the intent of creating more connectedness between grade levels.
Time is a critical issue to Elma as the district has no more in-service days left in the year. But when there's a will, there's a way, and Elma is exploring alternatives for continuing these important conversations. One way is by creating shared folders on the district Web site for continued collaboration.

October 7, 2009

New article available: The Cycle of Inquiry: A Process for Leading Improvement in Teaching and Learning by Mike Copland