Steps Library

Documents for the Washington State Library participants

The Sample of the Weekly Check-in Email (from Wishkoski  -Edmonds School District):

Good morning, team! I hope you had a nice weekend.

I sometimes do something to see how it goes and then how we can improve upon it, and this is one of those times. 🙂 I’ve been thinking about how to check in with everyone individually at least once a week, and since weekly one-on-ones are not feasible for us right now, and since we can sometimes get a couple of days into the week without really being able to connect, let’s try this out and see how it works: Will you please fill out this form as soon as you’re able on Monday? It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes (only two questions are required). If you have ideas for how to make this more meaningful or useful for us (e.g., changing how questions are worded, focusing questions in a different way…), please let me know!

This week:

– Our team meeting is on Wednesday, and we will be making plans for the Nov/Dec Canvas training sessions. If your schools have not yet signed up for a date, please check in with them, and so far, only Maplewood has submitted sessions preferences on this form (due by this coming Friday).

– Christa is attending the Secondary Team Meeting on Tuesday; Julie’s attending the HS Math Learning & Leading on Tuesday; and Leighanne & Jason are attending the optional Newsela webinar on Wednesday. Thanks in advance for attending and sharing out notes!

– On Friday morning, we’ll all be spread around leading PD for the district job-alikes, and on Friday afternoon, all HS coaches and those K-8 coaches who can make it will be at the SLT Learning Day from 1:45-3:00pm to check in with admins about their use of Canvas.

– I will be in schools most of Tuesday, meeting with the elem librarians I’m evaluating for their BOY meetings. And I will be out all day Thursday at Danielson training again so that I’m able to do those evaluations!

Looking forward to a great week!


State of Washington Supervisory & Leadership Training

(Steps to Becoming a Supervisor)


Steps to Becoming a Supervisor (DES) – June 2017 – Participant Materials

Steps to Becoming a Supervisor (DES) – June 2017 – PDF Slides

Steps to becoming a Supervisor – Quinault Nation (May 2016)

Slides- DES – Steps to Becoming a Supervisor (May 2016)

Slides – Buildings and Grounds – Steps to becoming a Supervisor (November 10, 2015)

Slides- Steps to becoming a Supervisor (Spokane – January 2016)

Participant Materials – Building and Grounds (November 10, 2015)/Steps to becoming a Supervisor

Summary Document from the class (November 10, 2015)

Summary Document from the class (January 25, 2016)

Leadership Resources

Daniel Goleman Article on Leadership – What Makes a Leader? Harvard Business Review

New Employee OnBoarding Checklist (Governor’s Office) 

New Employee (OFM) Checklist

Evaluations (Governor’s Office) Letter 

Evaluations (Governor’s Office) article: Human Symphony of castellers shows what a team can build  

Leadership Resources Sample Agreement  for Success (Team Norms) -WSP

Sample Agreement for Success (Team Norms) – Honey Badger

Rules of Engagement – DSHS – Customer Service Office 

Employee/Supervisor Performance Review (ESPR) 

Learning Style Inventory

What Motivates you – Self Assessment

You’re Probably using the wrong dictionary – blog posting from

Brene Brown on Empathy vs. Sympathy

Illegal Job Interview Questions

Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Program and Assessment

Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Brochure

Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team- Website

Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Sample Assessment

(For more information about this program – please contact Jan Dwyer Bang)

Everything DISC Workplace Brochure and Sample Reports 

Everything DISC Workplace Brochure

Everything DiSC Sample Report 

Everything DiSC Comparsion Report – Alex

Everything DiSC Comparsion Report – Gracie

Lean information (Some Resources from DES – Department of Enterprise Services, Patrick Seigler)

There are three “quality improvement” methodologies in vogue:

  •  Lean
  • Six Sigma
  • Lean Six Sigma

Results Washington want the state agencies to focus on “pure” Lean and not on Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma.

A good description of the difference Lean and Six Sigma

A good description of the difference between Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma

 Is It Lean Checklist

Lean Primer Article

Lean Resources


Getting Started with Lean

Huddle Basics

Huddle Lean Checklist

Idea Boards Article