Together, we will create a plan that builds on strengths, addresses needs throughout our district and fulfills our vision of opportunity for all students. The scenario options are draft and not final. Each one is a starting point for conversation that will lead us toward finalizing scenario recommendations later this fall.
Join the conversation
ThoughtExchange is an online tool that allows participants to share their ideas in 300 words or fewer and to rate the ideas shared by others in the exchange. This tool allows us to see which ideas have the most support and where we need to refine or rethink the scenarios.
Please participate in the districtwide exchanges and the school scenario exchanges that affect or interest you. Each exchange has two important questions:
- What do you like about this scenario option and what do you see as strengths?
- What concerns do you have about this scenario option, and what else is missing?
Please share and rate thoughts for both questions.
We greatly value your generosity of time, energy, and sincerity in sharing your ideas with us via ThoughtExchange. Please share your final thoughts and rate the thoughts of others by end of day Friday, Oct. 11. This will give us time to compile the information for our leadership to consider as they develop the next draft of scenario options.
Still have questions? Let’s Talk!
Let’s Talk allows you to choose a topic, and submit questions directly to the staff member who can respond in the most efficient and timely manner.
Have a great idea? We encourage you to share it in the ThoughtExchange linked above so other community members can hear your idea and rate it. This allows us to see which ideas have the most support.
If you have an inquiry that requires a response from district staff, please select a category below and Let’s Talk will route your question to the staff person best suited to respond. Because of the high volume of inquiries we’re receiving on this topic, please be patient as our staff works hard to provide you with timely and accurate information.
Feedback From Previous Engagement Opportunities
Reinvest—Community Visioning Sessions & Regional Think Tanks
In June, Austin ISD recruited representatives from more than 110 school communities to participate in one of five Regional Think Tanks. The groups were charged with thinking big and brainstorming innovative ideas around a given planning region. Their big, bold ideas contributed to the overall universe of ideas to help the district develop preliminary scenario options.
Think Tanks were made up of parents, students, staff and community members with diverse backgrounds and experiences, reflecting the district as a whole. The district worked to recruit status quo-challenging, creative, divergent thinkers willing to explore opportunities and tackle challenges to improve student outcomes.
Also in June, Austin ISD hosted a series of Community Visioning Sessions designed to gather feedback on the strengths, challenges and opportunities of each planning region. Feedback from these meetings was used to shape the academic vision that would drive the development of scenario options.
Five region-specific meetings were hosted along with two districtwide meetings and one Spanish-language meeting. View a summary of the feedback received during the Think Tanks, Community Visioning Sessions and all other engagement opportunities to date.
In April, Austin ISD held four community workshops regarding the district’s program planning and potential school closures, consolidations and repurposing. Each workshop featured a panel of Austin ISD staff, community members, planners and developers, and included small group conversations regarding concerns and opportunities the School Changes process presents.
Austin ISD opened a community-wide ThoughtExchange on April 15 to hear from the community in the reimagine phase of the School Changes 2019 engagement process. ThoughtExchange is an online tool that allows participants to share their ideas in 300 words or fewer and to rate the ideas shared by others in the exchange. View the complete exchange interactions online.