Marysville School District finds opportunity to experience the healing power of listening and learning
For the leaders of the Marysville School District, understanding the thoughts and feelings of their community is important. The District showed this when it began engaging community members in the search for a new superintendent. After the District hired Dr. Becky Berg in the summer of 2013, the conversations continued with an educational summit called Dream Big for the Kids and the first-ever district Thoughtexchange process.
It was in this aspirational year that tragedy struck – a popular boy took the lives of several students, injured others and then took his own life. In that moment and the days that followed, the students and teachers of Marysville’s Pilchuck High School felt their campus change from a place of connection and learning to a place of deep sadness.
"Our community members valued the integrity of the engagement process – the sense that it was rooted in true caring."DR. BECKY BERG, SUPERINTENDENT