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Community Engagement with ThoughtExchange

thoughtexchangeCastro Valley Unified School District has partnered with ThoughtExchange to gather feedback from students, families, staff, and community members. 
With ThoughtExchange, participants share thoughts confidentially and anonymously, ensuring that all voices are heard and all divergent views can come to light around a shared topic of interest or concern. ThoughtExchange encourages engagement as people respond anonymously with other participants.
How does ThoughtExchange work?
  1. Answer a few questions about yourself.
  2. Participants share thoughts or ideas anonymously with others participating in the exchange.
    Click here for more information on how thoughts are confidential.
  3. Using a 1-5 scale, review and rate ("star") other people’s thoughts.
    1. In this step, you will see your responses and those shared by others and assign 1 to 5 stars to each idea depending on how strongly you agree or disagree with it. We hope you can rate at least 10 thoughts, but 30 would be even better.
  4. Participants can view how the thoughts in the exchange have been rated by the group.
    Click here to learn more about the steps of an exchange.
  5. CVUSD analyzes data from the exchange and uses this input for decision-making.
Data, insights, and feedback gathered through ThoughtExchange will help the district gain a better understanding of what students, families, staff, and community members think about key issues, initiatives, and topics. An exchange helps people learn from one another, discover important insights, and make decisions quickly and effectively - all this with fewer meetings and better information. This helps us gather input from members of the community while engaging people in thought-provoking conversations at the same time.
In CVUSD, we are always looking for ways to improve communication and are listening deeply to your feedback and ideas. When we run a ThoughtExchange, our team takes the time to review and consider the feedback from the top thoughts to inform our decisions on how to best move forward.
Frequently Asked Questions:
ThoughtExchange tracks your email address so you can come back into the same exchange to add more thoughts or change your stars, even after you’ve switched devices or web browsers. Find more information about privacy and confidentiality on the ThoughtExchange website.
Yes, your interaction in an exchange is completely anonymous, so please share openly. Other people will see your thoughts and ratings and you will see others’ thoughts and ratings. However, no thoughts or ratings have names attached, and exchange leaders and district staff are not able to see who has participated in an exchange as this is a third-party platform.
The ThoughtExchange Terms of Use and Privacy Policy ensure identity data (your name and email address) is kept confidential, including not publicly linking your identity to the thoughts you shared or how you rated thoughts. 
It is important that CVUSD connects with the community and gathers feedback, and ThoughtExchange is one way to accomplish this goal. We are committed to constructive dialogue and collaboration with our school community on issues that affect our schools and students. We welcome your comments, including constructive criticism. We also strive for as much transparency as possible; however, we recognize the need to ensure the conversation is safe and respectful.
As such, CVUSD makes use of ThoughtExchange's automated moderation that reviews items before public posting. If a thought you posted does not appear or states that it has been removed, it simply means it has been flagged for review as potentially violating our moderation criteria. If the review determines it is not in violation, it will be approved for posting.

Moderation Criteria

CVUSD will remove comments that include the following:
    • Obscene, profane, rude, or vulgar language or images
    • Personal attacks that target specific individuals/groups, or posts containing personal information
    • Threats; defamatory statements; and/or violent, hateful, or racist language
    • Advocacy for any illegal activity
    • Identical thoughts from the same user (This is done as multiple posts of the same thought dilute the ratings for that thought. The original thought will remain in the exchange.)
    • Spam, advertisements, or solicitations of any kind
    • Infringement on copyrights or trademarks
In this exchange, you are engaging in community dialogue. It is expected you will encounter thoughts that contain information that you feel is in error or opinions with which you don’t agree. The rating process allows you to show your level of support (1-5) for others’ thoughts.
We’re truly curious about what you think, and want to give you the opportunity to share a wide range of thoughts about a topic.

If the questions are too detailed or specific, we would miss out on some really great ideas. Questions are broad so that you and the rest of the community can shape the conversation, and they are open-ended to avoid steering the conversation in a predetermined direction.

So go for it! Add your thoughts and see where the conversation goes.