Monroe Public Schools bring English and Spanish voices to the same table with Thoughtexchange
For some time, Monroe had seen the effectiveness of its established engagement methods declining. In-person listening tours provided valuable input and discussion, but fewer and fewer people were attending the town-hall style meetings. The same was true for Monroe’s Spanish-language engagement efforts, which included Spanish-language surveys and listening tours where children were welcome and interpreters were provided.
However, the most significant challenge with running parallel engagements was creating a coherent plan. How could they combine their Spanish and English speaking communities so that the issues and priorities raised by one group were heard and considered by the other?
"Thoughtexchange allowed us to take an opportunity for conversation and build relationships with a broader audience."DR. KEN HOOVER, SUPERINTENDENT