Educational Design Associates is a consulting firm established in the early 1990’s to help schools and other organizations better align with their purpose and more effectively deliver on educational and direct-service goals.

We work with many organizations and agencies in addition to schools.  The theme of educational design that underlies all our work recognizes that living organizations and fully engaged staff are, by definition, growing and changing.  We use a wide variety of creative strategies that foster increased aliveness and effectiveness through learning and growth.

Please bear with us as we develop our new website.  Should you wish to open a discussion about what we can do for you, please send an email to: info(at symbol)EducationalDesign(dot)Associates.  We will respond promptly.


“You displayed a willingness to learn about the cultural differences of those with whom you were working.  You have been able to form meaningful relationships with the people in the program because you model strong leadership skills and also take the time to listen and learn.”  — Tribal Counseling Services Director

“Your expertise and enthusiasm were of great benefit to the team members and their supervisor.  The participants expressed their sincere appreciation for the light you shed on a very sensitive situation.  Your personal efforts and dedication were instrumental in putting the team back on the right track.”  — Community Service Agency Training Coordinator

“You did an excellent job, and I especially appreciated your ability to continually keep us on track and relate everything back to our goals…”    — State Agency Program Director

The Voices of Youth

The Voices of Youth

I was struck yesterday by this news item: An 11-year old youngster in Florida was arrested by police in his middle school, following his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The youth, an unnamed African American, has refused to stand for the pledge this...

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A Crisis in the Yintah

A Crisis in the Yintah

It has been a dramatic month in the snowy woodlands of northern British Columbia. In a remote area known to its Indigenous population as the Yintah, or sacred territory, construction of a three-story healing center is nearly complete.  This off-grid facility is a...

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A Post-Election Hangover

A Post-Election Hangover

As a kid, I clearly recall the feelings swirling around the day after an election.  My father had a penchant for fighting losing campaigns, which always made the day afterward -- following months of rallies, doorbelling, and meetings --  feel empty and pointless. ...

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Halloween: The Climate Scare

Halloween: The Climate Scare

After extensive work canvassing for Washington’s Initiative 1631, the carbon reduction legislation that is now being voted upon, I have retreated to a tiny cabin in the islands to regroup and reconnoiter. It’s Halloween. Originally called Samhain, today is the ancient...

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Washington Must Vote YES on Initiative 1631!

Washington Must Vote YES on Initiative 1631!

Educational Design Associates, LLC is making its first ever election endorsement, in support of Washington State Initiative 1631. EDA is a small business, expressly nonpartisan and mostly nonpolitical.  We work with schools, youth programs, faith organizations, Native...

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The Reality of the Climate Crisis

The Reality of the Climate Crisis

In the cool of the late Los Angeles evening, I walked through the core of the city, at one point clocking nearly a half mile without seeing a single tree or other living vegetation. Wow. I was in LA attending a conference of the Climate Reality Project hosted by Al...

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Notes on an Ecological Catastrophe

Notes on an Ecological Catastrophe

I spent a half hour this morning in the company of a hummingbird. This is unusual. Mostly I see hummingbirds zipping past on their way somewhere, flitting and probing from one flower to the next, or performing grand sweeping dives, chattering in pursuit of mates. But...

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Flowers, Food, and Faith

Flowers, Food, and Faith

The town of Ubud is like ice cream: It is a rich and wonderful place, but take in too much of it, and the pleasure disappears. On Valentine’s Day, I arose early and cruised Ubud seeking flowers and a latte for my sweetheart.

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Another Side of Bali

The final days of our time teaching English in Samasaman Village were quite enjoyable. We had developed a wonderful rapport with Intan, the resident teacher and a notably curious and bright individual. Having hired dozens of teachers over the years, I know what to...

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Getting to Know Bali

The girl pumping gas into our scooter couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11 years old, but she had a wonderful warm smile. And she actually pumped the gas using a hand-crank pump on a tiny stand that might have been made in the 1940’s. Nonetheless, we bought our two...

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