Members provide guidance for KASB’s futureScott Rothschild
In May, KASB sent out a survey to all members asking five open-ended questions related to how we have worked to adapt to the “new normal” since the pandemic began. One-hundred and thirty-five members responded with ideas and suggestions for how we can improve moving forward. Here are some things we learned.
- Many respondents felt the Zoom sessions were the best change to come out of the pandemic.
- Many respondents indicated that KASB should:
- be sending fewer paper mailings.
- be doing more online trainings/events.
- be doing more facilitated online discussions.
- have more resources available online and/or focus on making sure online resources are easy to locate.
- be taking a blended approach to trainings/events.
- Some respondents indicated that KASB should:
- be sending fewer emails.
- offer more on-demand training.
- continue face-to-face trainings/events.
- provide more trainings on the impacts of COVID-19 on students, staff, educating, and district operations.
- provide more training and guidance on technology, telework, and tele-ed.
The following are the five questions asked, followed by a list of the topics most commonly mentioned. Note that only topics mentioned by five or more respondents are included.
What does it look like a year from now if KASB has been more strategic in what is printed/mailed with a blending of online mediums?
|Fewer printed communications||39|
|Good as is||24|
|More online opportunities||13|
|Fewer email communications||12|
|Materials and info available online||10|
|Better informed/prepared/engaged membership||9|
|More blended events||6|
|More strategic/targeted communications||6|
|Keep printed mailings||5|
What does it look like a year from now if KASB has shifted our structure to engage with our members through a blended, timely approach?
|More facilitated online discussions||31|
|Good as is||28|
|Better informed/prepared/engaged membership||12|
|Continue onsite visits / in-person trainings||9|
|Video library / on-demand content||8|
|Increased ease of access to information||7|
|Timely responses to info requests||6|
|Target specific groups||6|
|More online opportunities/trainings/events||6|
|Materials and info available online||6|
|Focus on actionable items||5|
What does it look like a year from now if KASB has established methods for building relationships and offering support in a “post COVID” environment?
|Continue online collaboration||16|
|Increased value of / access to online learning||12|
|KASB facilitating sharing among members||9|
|Increased ease of access to information online||6|
|Continue onsite visits / in-person trainings||6|
What additional supports could KASB provide that would be beneficial in helping your boards navigate in these times?
|COVID-19 related topics / Planning in uncertain times||11|
|Software/technology recommendations and best practices||5|
KASB has shifted their methods of communication and sharing of information in the recent weeks. Which of these changes do you find most valuable?
|Online meetings / Zoom||55|
|Lunch and Learns||9|
KASB staff was very pleased with the responses to this survey, as it confirms the plans we have already put in place for the future. The past several months have taught us the importance of expanding the methods by which we provide information to and receive feedback from our members, and also the importance of shifting our focus away from those methods that are not as cost effective towards less expensive methods likely to yield better results.
If you have additional feedback not reflected in the summary information above that you’d like to share, please email me at email@example.com and I will make sure your voice is heard!