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Results of Thoughtexchange on District-Level Communications

The district recently asked families and community members for input on district-level communications using the Thoughtexchange engagement and alignment tool. We asked: What are the most useful ways for you to receive district-wide information and give feedback on district initiatives and/or updates?
A link was delivered by email to 1,173 individuals who either have/had children in the school district or signed up to receive information from the district by email. We also sent a reminder email to ask people to share thoughts and read, consider, and rate the thoughts of others. 

  • 602 people opened the first email
  • 503 people opened the second email
  • 149 people participated in the Thoughtexchange
  • 98 thoughts were shared
  • Thoughts were rated 2,319 times
  • No thoughts were reported as being rude or hurtful
  • Nine thoughts did not receive enough ratings, so those thoughts are not visible

After the Thought Exchange closed on February 17, 2020, a committee consisting of Superintendent Lynne Rutnik and WSWHE BOCES Coordinator Communication Services Tara Sullivan used the following process to create this report. (Please note, committee members will be different for each Thought Exchange in accordance with the topic of the exchange.)

  1. Log in and view the Thought Exchange Discover Dashboard
  2. Use the “Auto Theme” tool to categorize all the thoughts into themes
  3. Make sure the committee agrees with the theme assigned to each thought, and if not, discuss, re-classify the thought, add themes, combine thoughts into themes where it makes sense
  4. Dig into the “Other” category to see if more themes emerge and add more themes as needed
  5. View the “Tiles” tool and click on each for additional information

To see all the thoughts that were entered in the District-Level Communications Thoughtexchange, please click here. This report is interactive, so viewers will be able to click on “Top Thoughts” to see all thoughts entered (minus the nine thoughts that did not receive enough ratings). By clicking on “Theme Tiles,” viewers will see all thoughts grouped by keywords. 
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this community-wide Thoughtexchange. As a result of this Thoughtexchange, the district will continue to employ all the communication methods currently in place and increase the use of emails to share information with families and community members.  

Lake George CSD has the email addresses for parents of students in the district as well as some community members who have opted in to receive news digitally. If you are a community member who would like to receive district-level information via email, please click here to sign up to receive e-blasts.
As a reminder, all exchanges are confidential. Individual’s thoughts are shared, but not the individual’s identity. If anyone sees a thought that is rude, hurtful, or identifies a person or group, participants can report those thoughts by clicking in the upper right corner of the thought. If anyone is concerned about the confidentiality and anonymity of Thought Exchange and want to see the behind-the-scenes dashboard, please contact Tara Sullivan to schedule a time to see the dashboard in-person. It is important to us that the community have trust in the tool and the process and the positive intentions behind this engagement tool.