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Pembina Trails believes in the importance of community input and engagement in guiding our education system.

Over the course of ten days in May, as part of our preparation for the Provincial Education Review, we asked everyone living and/or working in Pembina Trails to participate in an online ThoughtExchange questionnaire on the government’s Education Review.

Participants, including community members and Pembina Trails staff, were encouraged to share their thoughts, offer suggestions and review the results of the overall exchange.

The questions fell under six focus area headings:

  • Long-Term Vision

  • Student Learning

  • Teaching

  • Accountability for Student Learning

  • Governance

  • Funding

ThoughtExchange is a confidential tool that allows for open-ended questions. That means answers were not limited to selecting from pre-established responses. Instead, people could answer in their own words, which better conveyed their true thoughts, opinions and feelings.


When the ten days were over, 2,500 members of the community had participated, most of whom were parents or guardians (76%) and Pembina Trails staff (22%). There were 2,851 thoughts shared and over 85,800 ratings given out by participants who either agreed or disagreed with what was expressed.

The thoughts expressed were then gathered into themes for each focus area, identifying the issues and areas most important to participants. There were also numerous suggestions on areas that could be improved and how those improvements might be made.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in the ThoughtExchange, whether as parents, students, families, staff or taxpayers. These results demonstrate where our priorities are – and how much education matters to us as a community,” said Pembina Trails Board Chair, Jaime Glenat.


Pembina Trails Board of Trustees used the community insights gathered during our online town hall in a brief submitted to the Education Review Committee.  As a result, Chair, Jaime Glenat, and Superintendent/CEO, Ted Fransen, were selected to present at a public hearing in June.


Learn more about the Provincial Education Review.


Education Review update

Pembina Trails believes in the importance of community input and engagement in guiding our education system.

Over the course of ten days in May, as part of our preparation for the Provincial Education Review, we asked everyone living and/or working in Pembina Trails to participate in an online ThoughtExchange questionnaire on the government’s Education Review.

Participants, including community members and Pembina Trails staff, were encouraged to share their thoughts, offer suggestions and review the results of the overall exchange.

The questions fell under six focus area headings:

  • Long-Term Vision

  • Student Learning

  • Teaching

  • Accountability for Student Learning

  • Governance

  • Funding

ThoughtExchange is a confidential tool that allows for open-ended questions. That means answers were not limited to selecting from pre-established responses. Instead, people could answer in their own words, which better conveyed their true thoughts, opinions and feelings.


When the ten days were over, 2,500 members of the community had participated, most of whom were parents or guardians (76%) and Pembina Trails staff (22%). There were 2,851 thoughts shared and over 85,800 ratings given out by participants who either agreed or disagreed with what was expressed.

The thoughts expressed were then gathered into themes for each focus area, identifying the issues and areas most important to participants. There were also numerous suggestions on areas that could be improved and how those improvements might be made.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in the ThoughtExchange, whether as parents, students, families, staff or taxpayers. These results demonstrate where our priorities are – and how much education matters to us as a community,” said Pembina Trails Board Chair, Jaime Glenat.


Pembina Trails Board of Trustees used the community insights gathered during our online town hall in a brief submitted to the Education Review Committee.  As a result, Chair, Jaime Glenat, and Superintendent/CEO, Ted Fransen, were selected to present at a public hearing in June.


Learn more about the Provincial Education Review.


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