Executive Team Strategic Retreat – 10/29/21

Executive-level leaders from across the agency spent the day together reflecting on leadership, how the agency has changed, and the first session of our all-staff Equity Series on October 18. They opened the day reviewing the data from our Agency Goals survey (equity focus) and our most recent Snapshot survey (mental health focus) and closed the days brainstorming ways to support the agency to make improvements based on that feedback.

Leadership Changes

All ESD 113 staff have leadership roles to play. And who sits on our executive team changes as our agency changes. Dana Anderson (superintendent’s office), Steve Bigelow (Lewis County Special Education Co-op), Keley Brewster (business office), Cal Brodie (business and operations), Andrew Eyres (teaching & learning and student support), Tracye Ferguson (early learning), Auzimuth Jackson (diversity, equity, inclusion), Kristen Jaudon (communications), Jodi Petrovich (human resources), Cherrie Thomas (superintendent’s office), and Erin Wick (behavioral health and integrated student supports) spent the morning wrestling with how to organize executive leadership as we move forward with recent structural realities of the ESD.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Auzimuth led the review of our Agency Goals survey, and how the results have informed his 30-60-90-day plan. He is working on establishing internal and external equity networks, as well as implementing strategic policies and procedures that embrace our commitment to eradicating racism. He is starting the process by listening deeply to feedback from our school districts, ESD departments, and learning centers. He will conduct an agency-wide equity audit so we know what our current situation is and how we can improve. He will also develop an equity resource repository and begin framing land acknowledgments in partnership with native communities.