I have appreciated the persistence of the Continua team to keep our district staff moving on a trajectory toward improved practices. They readily lean into difficult conversations, remind staff to keep student best interest at the forefront and hold gentle, but firm expectations that staff make meaningful gains toward anti-racist instruction.
Kelli Miller, Heritage HS Principal, Marysville SD
Courtney and Vincent from Continua have worked side by side with us, providing a theoretical framework for our learning, practical processes to involve staff in our learning time, building consensus and commitment to our school’s improvement efforts. As consultants, they provide expert guidance and feedback in a non-judgmental, productive manner.
As people, they honor the thoughts of any staff member that contributes to our conversation and demonstrate genuine commitment to our school.
Arkawa, Principal of Cascade Elementary School, Marysville SD, Spring 2021
Continua’s consultants are very professional, know their stuff, work great with staff both remotely and in-person, and show great flexibility to provide exactly what a school/staff needs at any given time. We are very pleased with our work with Continua over the last two years.
Tovah and James were great this year with all that was going on and learning to do PD a new way. They were very understanding of my staff’s struggles and worked hard to engage while also addressing the staffs’ need for self-care.
Devin McLane – Principal at Olympic View Middle School in Mukilteo, Spring 2021
Their impact has been transformational! They are helping us build systems and structures to better support ALL students as well as foster our inclusive, welcoming culture we have worked so hard to build. Staff learning the tools necessary to better understand the function of the behavior allows us to have more intentional, effective interventions, which then means students are learning the necessary tools so they can be successful and stay in the classroom. Staff building their capacity in SEL needs for their students as well as themselves has been life-saving during this challenging time. Approached with our need – Continua worked through a strategic plan of support and shared learning that has been transformational and we have just begun! Appreciate their partnership, approach and support!!
Kathleen Stilwell, Principal Garfield Elementary, Everett School District, Spring 2021
Continua really gets our school culture, needs and goals. This team has pushed us further than any other consulting firm we have had.
WE have a game plan ! When covid struck and our world went upside down, Continua helped to ground us, set priorities and gave wonderfully effective tools and ideas.
Barbara Dubin , MSW Social Worker/ Counselor, Everett School District, Spring 2021
Continua walks with the school team in auditing current Trauma informed Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and then collectively as a team, members sets a mission and goals to reach the mission. This mission and action plan is all inclusive of professional learning, all stakeholder voice and participation, and continuous progress checking. Through teaming with Continua our student’s sense of belonging grew substantially in just two years at a large comprehensive high school.
Students at my comprehensive large high school felt empowered and that their voices were not only heard but that each student was making positive growth in the culture of the school community. One way that this was manifested was through the schoolwide expectations for staff and students were entirely student driven and created. This provided students agency and ownership of the school culture.
Mary Ingraham, Everett HS Assitant Principal, Spring 2021
Solid team with Solid supports. Continua has provided our team with a consistent message that supports equity systems in buildings backed by research.
Nathan Plummer – Principal, Sultan Middle School, Spring 2021
Continua’s supports have impacted our school, staff, and students significantly over the past 3 years. They have supported us getting systems in place for Tier 1. They have also helped us implement a Tier 1 team meeting procedure, recording template, and helped guide our discussions with research-based input. One of the most valuable contributions to our staff and students is the professional development courses they have designed for our teachers, which really meet the needs of our individual school and students. The knowledge gained from those trainings is invaluable and has really shaped the culture and climate of our school building.
Rachel Phillips. TILT facilitator, first grade teacher, Monroe School District, Spring 2021
Everett High School has benefitted from Continua’s side-by-side coaching, professional development planning, and our Leadership Team’s professional learning. They have helped us engage the entire staff with evidence-based strategies that have had a positive impact on our school culture, specifically with our work on building a sense of belonging for each student.
Lance Balla, Principal, Everett High, WA
I have found Continua to be easy to work with, responsive, entertaining, and knowledgeable.
Shawn Ryan, Principal, Machias Elementary, Snohomish, WA
The professional development provided by Continua has been top-notch. They are responsive to the needs of our school.
Jared Groehler, Principal, Bishop Elementary, Rochester, MN
I felt this was timely and really important to the success of the students we serve. I feel that this conversation has been the elephant in the room, and I’m glad we’re finally working together to address it in a consistent way.
Middle School Teach On SEL PD
The learning that we have done as a district with Continua Consulting Company has led us to question our long-held beliefs and assumptions around the “why” of student behavior and the often-ineffective ways in which we have responded in the past. If all behavior is communication, then what are our students trying to tell us? The power of the work that they are leading us in is learning strategic, researched-based practices in which adults respond in ways that will help all students, but especially students who have or are experiencing trauma. For school districts on the MTSS journey, Continua’s work will help your staff, who often feel helpless when student needs are great, create a positive learning environment in which students can thrive.
Becky Brockman, Executive Director Of Special Services, Snohomish, WA
I appreciated all the hard work you put into the presentation. I appreciated the honest conversations and great training. This was the best training at our school yet. Thank you!