Chagrin Falls Schools is inviting the community to participate in an exchange of thoughts through March 9th about the strengths of the district, as well as opportunities for growth. This exchange is taking place through an online survey where everyone can answer a few short questions and then follow the thought process of everyone involved.
“We are very lucky to live and work in a community that supports public education,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools. “ We believe that the most successful public school districts understand the expectations of their community and work collaboratively to develop a vision for the school district.”
Four years ago, the district committed to an aggressive strategic plan. “Much has been accomplished in our pursuit of a more personalized educational experience for our students,” said Hunt. “It is time to step back, reflect and set our priorities for the next three years.”
As part of that process, the district is asking to hear from all of its stakeholders including staff, parents, and the broader community. “We want to know what you think the district is doing well, where we might be able to improve and most importantly how you envision our schools now and into the future,” said Hunt.
Rather than conduct a typical survey, the district has engaged ThoughtExchange, a company who has developed an online platform for deeper conversations about schools and organizations. With this online survey, stakeholders have an opportunity to engage, contribute, prioritize, discover and share understandings. The district will not only be collecting data but discovering meaningful information specific to the district to inform its action planning moving forward.
“What is unique about this process is that the thought exchange creates an opportunity for the entire community to see both parts of the conversation,” said Hunt. Participants will be asked to provide their comments and then asked to rank the comments of others. They also have the opportunity to re-enter the exchange as it progresses to see and evaluate these thoughts. The exchange is open through March 9th. Stakeholders can join by going to chagrinschools.thoughtexchange.com/invitation.
“Your involvement is critical and your time very much appreciated,” said Hunt. “Let’s exchange thoughts, and let’s shape the future of our school district together.”