By James Haga, ThoughtExchange Account Executive

A guiding principle at ThoughtExchange is: If you want to make someone feel valued and respected, ask them for their input into a decision that affects them. As you’ve all navigated the hardest school year in memory, we know that connecting with the people you serve and holding their trust has never been more vital, especially as you look to build back stronger out of this crisis.

Across Michigan, education leaders have been using ThoughtExchange to do just that, creating alignment, solving complex problems and hearing from all stakeholders, not just the loud few. As our partner Paul DeAngelis from Ann Arbor Public Schools said, “ThoughtExchange was an opportunity for us to use a very dynamic approach that engages people at a whole different level than some kind of survey you would send out.”

ThoughtExchange is a fast, inclusive and effective way for district leaders to engage their staff, students and parents. Whether you’re engaging ten stakeholders or a community of 10,000+ people, ThoughtExchange allows you to drive strategic discussions at scale, both in live meetings and asynchronously.

Leaders have been using ThoughtExchange to inform countless priorities across their districts, including:

  • Aligning on their return to learn plans
  • Prioritizing solutions to the pandemic slide
  • Shaping timely professional development
  • Creating long-range facilities and capital plans
  • Progressing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Making town hall events more inclusive
  • Informing how to best utilize the injection of new federal funds

In Michigan, ThoughtExchange is proud to partner with a number of districts and ISDs including Chelsea School District, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Port Huron Area School District, Rochester Community Schools, Dexter Community Schools, Lake Orion Community Schools, Washtenaw ISD, Oakland Schools, and Bay City Public Schools. Through our strategic partnership with MASA, we’ve also been able to animate many critical state-wide conversations and collaborative forums.

We’re thrilled to offer a discount for MASA members who are looking to enable more two-way engagement in their districts. Available now through June 30, MASA member districts or ISDs who sign-on for a one-year contract with ThoughtExchange will receive a 20% discount off the annual subscription fee.

In addition, we have a special offer for ISDs who want to also want to purchase a shared license for their member districts with 2,000 students or less.

To learn more about this offer or how districts are using ThoughtExchange, please contact James Haga, ThoughtExchange Account Executive, at (416) 830 0713 or

You can also learn more about ThoughtExchange by visiting our website.