Smart Thinking Partners


One of our most critical responsibilities is to ensure that school districts have access to high quality, cost effective educational products and services. Through the SMART THINKING Partners process, districts now have access to CESA 6’s list of trusted resources including: 

CESA 6 will carefully assess each product or service to determine if it is a valuable resource for our member school districts. Organizations that meet our criteria will receive a SMART THINKING Partners badge and be listed on our website and in our district materials. Click the links above to learn more about each resource.

Alumni Nations

50 million graduates would donate to their high school if asked. We can help you get organized.

Alumni Nations, a CESA 6 SMART Thinking Partner, can help you to grow strong, sustainable connections with your graduates and community, providing a lifetime of support. These connections provide advocacy, talent, and funding opportunities.

  • An Active Alumni Program for Public Schools
    • Engages Supporters - we help you to find, connect and engage graduates
    • Enhances Revenue - through donations and proceeds from fundraising purchases
    • Expands Resources - through volunteers, mentors, and community connections
  • An Alumni Nation Building System for Public Schools
    • Strategy development
    • Volunteer recruitment and training
    • Communication planning
    • Customized Website and engagement tools
    • Revenue generators-online store and donations
    • On-going support

Start Your Alumni Nation Today!

For more information, visit or  contact Dave Van Spankeren CESA 6 Executive Director, Business Operations at (920) 236-0518 or

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BrightBytes gathers ideas from the best experts in the world and creates evidence-based frameworks that are combined with world-class research and analysis from your school or region, giving you the tools to understand and quickly improve student learning outcomes. BrightBytes solutions are specifically designed to address the unique needs of educational leaders globally. BrightBytes flagship platform, called Clarity, makes analysis simple, fun and actionable.

Using Clarity, you can:

  • Use less than 1 percent of your budget to ensure that the remaining 99 percent truly drives student learning.
  • Attain greater understanding of the district's 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
  • Drive better curricular design that ensures that students are learning the skills they need for college and career readiness.
  • Improve results from professional development.

Clarity provides Educational Leaders with research-based decision support through:

  • Intuitive infographics
  • Beautiful analytics
  • Actionable next steps
  • Powerful network of peers
  • Targeted stakeholder reports
  • Ability to track and communicate progress over time

For more information, visit or contact Dan Hanrahan, CESA 6 Executive Director, Innovations at (920) 236-0550 or

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Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC) is an award-winning web-based software, currently being used in over 500 districts across the country. It’s user-friendly online framework allows districts to house living, viable district curriculum in a format that guarantees ongoing and systematic growth across your district. Benefits of BYOC include a consistent framework, standards alignment, K-12 vertical articulation, and customization and detailed analytics… more!

Related service: CESA 6 offers a companion service called BYOC Users Network that provides support to learn implementation strategies. Email Mary Ann Hudziak or call 920-236-0523 for more information.

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The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) is a cloud-based school-wide leadership assessment and feedback system. Rather than focus on an individual school leader, CALL utilizes a multi-source comprehensive survey to assess core leadership practices that are distributed across the school building.

Upon completion of the survey, users receive automated targeted data and feedback designed to support school improvement and professional growth. It provides actionable formative feedback including customized strategies and action plans for school improvement. More information

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Innovative Student Loan Solutions

CESA 6 has partnered with the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) and Innovative Student Loan Solutions (ISLS) to provide expertise on student loan forgiveness. 

After enrolling in this program, educators in our area have realized an average decrease in monthly payments of 86%. The average potential loan balance forgiven per employee enrolled in the program to date is $58,827!  The loan forgiveness amount is individually determined and tax-free.

PSLF Program Benefits:

  • Immediately lower your monthly student loan payment.
  • Reduce your student loan debt.
  • Significantly reduce the cost of earning advanced degree including Bachelor's, Master's or PhD.
  • Receive a personal 10-year loan forgiveness plan outlining your savings in the program.

What Could Make YOU eligible?

  • Being a full-time employee.
  • Having federal loans such as Subsidized Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford, Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS loans.
  • Taking out student loans on behalf of an undergraduate student
  • Pursuing an additional degree.

For more information, visit ISLS' website or contact ISLS at (866) 831-5564 or email

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Patron Insights, Inc.

Patron Insights provides stakeholder research and other strategic services to public school districts. More than the typical survey company, Patron Insights is well known for its statistically reliable, pre-election research (which has had an accuracy rate of 96 percent).

We are focused on helping district leaders gain the data and insight necessary to build stronger, more nurturing district-stakeholder relationships. Using research collected over the past 20 years, Ken DeSieghardt, Patron Insights partner, authored the book, "School Communication That Works."

The CESA 6 Communications and Public Relations team can complement the information collected by Patron Insights, translating data into actions, and make school communication work in your district.

For more information, visit or contact Dorreen Dembski, Director, Communications and School Public Relations at (920) 236-0527 or

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When an incident happens at your school, you need to know who is safe and who faces potential danger.  

Roomsponder is customized to account for every room and building in your district. It features an intuitive, user-friendly interface so that users can instantly deliver an accounting of all students, staff and visitors to incident response teams, who can then prioritize the best allocation of resources, including medical attention. Because it's web-based, Roomsponder can be used from anywhere with internet access.

Whether an enhancement to your existing tactics or the foundation of a new crisis communications strategy, Roomsponder is the tool with one purpose: giving you the information you need when you need it most.

For more information visit or contact Dan Hanrahan, CESA 6 Executive Director, Innovations at 920-236-0550 or

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  • Oshkosh, WI 54904
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