Follow the Money
What is Solution Tree Inc.?
Solution Tree Inc. is a company based in Bloomington, Indiana.
On its website, it states: “Since 1998, Solution Tree has worked to transform education worldwide by empowering educators to raise student achievement.”
The description of the expense stated that Solution Tree and the school district “will collaborate to hold an event tentatively called Culture & Achievement on the topic of Anthony Muhammad’s work in Buckley, WA on November 8-9, 2019 at White River High School. Solution Tree will market, promote and sell Hosted Institute registrations and give Customer national recognition as the host.”
What services does Solution Tree Inc. provide?
The company sells training services in emerging areas of business, including “social and emotional learning” and “equity.” In a video posted in mid-April 2021, Solution Tree staffers encouraged potential clients to go “beyond conversations about race,” promoting its “Race Portable Event Package.”
The video sold its “package” as a way teachers could “continue their professional growth…to enter into respectful dialogue.”
In a video posted in May 2021 on YouTube, Solution Tree promoted a “portable event package” to get teachers to reach students who are “struggling emotionally or academically.”
“How do I build relationships with students….?” the Solution Tree staffer asked in the video.
What K-12 work has Solution Tree Inc. done?
White River School District
White River School District in Buckley, Washington, issued a purchase order of $54,455 on Oct. 5, 2018, for 90 registrations for district staff, 25 complimentary registrations and five regular-priced registrations.
Solution Tree, Inc. lists the school district on its website as “Evidence of Effectiveness.”
The company states:
The mission of the White River School District is clear and succinct: “Ensuring high levels of learning for each student preparing them for successes beyond high school.” At White River High School, we have approached this philosophy by shifting our mindset from a system of teaching to a system of learning. As we began to embed this learning mission into our daily work, we asked ourselves, “What would this look like if we really meant it?” Creating a collaborative culture was achieved by establishing and supporting high-performing teams focused on the right work, at the right time, and doing it in the right way, ensuring each team is continually improving.
As of Sept. 26, 2021, the superintendent of White River School District was featured as an available speaker on the official website of the consulting firm.