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Professional Development

Q:What are the most important topics for us to discuss during our administrator workshop?

When preparing for his district’s annual Administrator Workshop, Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster wanted to plan the event around what was most important to the leaders attending.

Before the retreat, he used ThoughtExchange to reach out to 50 staff across the district, including principals, assistant principals, coordinators, directors and assistant superintendents. He heard from 46 people, who shared 60 thoughts and rated each other’s perspectives 1,596 times.

“Two things happened as a result of this exchange,” Dr. Lancaster says. “First, the group confirmed much of what senior staff had already included in our agenda for this two-day event. Second, the participants suggested several topics senior staff had not included.

“Following the exchange, we had a much more robust agenda that had buy-in from the whole group.”

Dr. Lancaster also saw this exchange topic as a great way to introduce ThoughtExchange to his district leadership team and let them try it for the first time.

“We genuinely wanted feedback on our agenda and this exchange was a great vehicle for that. When using ThoughtExchange for the first time, start with your leadership group to get them involved in the process.”

Following the exchange, we had a much more robust agenda that had buy-in from the whole group.Dr. Brad Lancaster, Superintendent

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