Community Engagement Matters

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    Everett Public Schools Board of Directors welcomes and seeks community perspectives, insights and advice.
     
    The second round results of ThoughtExchange are now online. Check out what others had to say about educational technology in schools.
     

    Community engagement history

    Keeping up with evolving technology, the board invites your involvement with online engagement tools and face-to-face gatherings. Whether you  join group meetings, or join an online engagement processes, the board values your insights, perspectives and suggestions.
     
    ThoughtExchange: The first ThoughtExchange process launched in January 2015. More than 4,039 students, parents, staff and community members contributed a total of 7,411 thoughts about the district. Participants assigned over 225,000 "stars" to the thoughts they agreed with most. See the results online.
     
    Capital facilities "fishbowl" conversations -- a continuation of community conversations
    Participants got to speak, listen, observe, learn and reflect with the school board.
     
    Community conversations enable district residents to visit one-on-one with board members. Conversations tackle topics current at the moment and have included student population growth, capital facilities planning and education-related legislative issues.  
    2015 community conversations:
    Sept. 24 and Oct. 13, students showed how they use technology to learn. The board discussed different Capital Levy options with parents and community.
    Advisory councils include district staff and community members who delve deeply into specific topics and make recommendations to the superintendent. A complete description of each advisory council is online.
     
    Strategic plan process: In 2010 the board and district leadership met with students, staff, parents and community members to update the district's strategic plan. Groups met to examine student technology, social pressures on students, career and college readiness, community and family partnerships, global perspective and equity and access. The board conducted work study sessions on those same subjects. Nearly 200 people took part in the culminating visioning event which led to the current strategic plan.