Build Agile, Aligned District Strategy

Break down silos and hear from more community members. See past special interests, and give everyone a sense of trust and ownership in district decisions. Find common ground among even the most polarized groups, so you can inform and align on your district’s strategic plans, priorities, and actions.
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Strategy the whole community supports

See how Dr. Kevin McGowan, Superintendent at Brighton Central School District was able to include more voices and ideas in the district’s strategic plan.
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Humanize your survey data

Your school community is more than just a number on a Likert scale. Engage them to create and implement inclusive, effective strategic plans—all while saving you months of work.

Using ThoughtExchange, leaders can:

  • Create buy-in and champions for your strategic plan at all levels
  • Understand the diversity of perspectives to build a strategy the whole community supports
  • Identify common ground among groups that disagree to unify everyone on district plans
  • Confidently build strategy that reflects district and school priorities and has internal buy-in
  • Save time on community consultation and data-crunching for faster, more efficient implementation

Here’s how our Education partners are using ThoughtExchange for Strategy

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The superintendent of an Illinois school district used ThoughtExchange to align his community on redrawing attendance boundaries and building a brand new elementary school in one of its historically underserved neighborhoods.

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The director of education at an Ontario school district used ThoughtExchange to include over 1,000 student perspectives in the development of their new strategic plan, giving students a sense of responsibility and ownership in their district.

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A Connecticut school district is using ThoughtExchange to align their community on a 100+ million four-year plan that includes redistricting, renovating, and improving instructional models and Pre-K program access.

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Hybrid Success

Quickly consult your team or entire organization and gain nuanced insights to run an effective and efficient hybrid workplace. Cut down on endless meetings and fosters inclusion and innovation.

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Talent & Culture Insights

Help each person contribute fully to the business. Co-create authentic employer branding with the people who bring it to life. Develop a culture that truly understands what the best talent needs—and acts on it.

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How would you consult your community on strategy today?

Special interest groups, endless meetings and town halls, and piles of survey data all make the strategic planning process harder than it should be. ThoughtExchange helps ensure your district is aligned around your strategic plans, LCAP goals, and bond proposals, and helps keep your staff engaged and committed to achieving them.

Use ThoughtExchange to:

Inform

Gather community input for the strategic plan. Access diverse voices and innovative ideas while creating buy-in and trust in the strategic direction.

Refine & Align

Present the plan to the district so everyone’s on the same page. Leaders may choose to ask for additional insight into the plan and direction, and refine as needed.
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Measure & Reflect

Check in with the community on the strategic plan as you progress toward the district’s goals.

Execute

Implement the strategic plan. Leaders may choose to do deep dives with staff, students, and parents to identify barriers or concerns.

Let your people see themselves in the plan

Your staff, students, and community members want to see their voices have impact, and ThoughtExchange lets you create reports, actions, and plans using their own words.
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Strategic plans the whole community supports

Be bold with your strategic plans knowing that ThoughtExchange makes it easier to gain community buy-in. By accessing your community’s unbiased, critical insights using ThoughtExchange, you can be confident that your plan addresses your district’s real needs.

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Get everyone invested in district goals

With ThoughtExchange, it’s easy to build trust with your entire community by consulting them on the decisions that affect them. Increase their support for your decisions by giving them the opportunity to share their real thoughts. They gain a sense of ownership and trust, you gain peace of mind.

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Hear from many, not the few

With the ability to bring 10,000+ people into one Exchange, there’s no better way to get a read on what’s most important to your community. And with simultaneous translation in 133+ languages, everyone participates in the same discussion at the same time. No more loud voices and special interests—have your finger on the pulse of your entire district.

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Don’t let your community stand divided

Include everyone’s insights in a collaborative discussion space, so community members feel heard—but they also hear each other out. Break down silos and expose your community to the breadth of perspectives in your district. Easily find areas of agreement between polarized groups.

“We gained valuable perspectives that didn’t get overshadowed by the over-represented responses, and in doing so changed our strategy with very little pushback from the community. I believe this is because they experience the feelings themselves by being in the Exchange. There just isn’t another platform that enables everyone to read and engage in other people’s thinking.”

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Dr. Kevin McGowan

Superintendent
Brighton Central School District

“ThoughtExchange enabled me as a superintendent to establish and re-establish trust and show that I was listening - and to develop plans that helped our school district.”

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Dr. George Kazanas

Superintendent
Midway Independent School District

“[ThoughtExchange] is just that—an exchange. It’s not a survey. You’re asking people for their opinion, reflecting on those opinions, collecting those opinions from a lot of different voices, and then taking action on them. When the community sees you doing that, they know they’re in good hands.”

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Dr. David Vannasdall

Superintendent
Arcadia Unified School District

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