Introducing a new Speak Up Survey tool to help K-12 education leaders with decision-making about continued learning during a school closure!

March 18, 2020

Parents’ Views on E-Learning During School Closure

Project Tomorrow is pleased to announce the availability of a new Speak Up survey tool to help K-12 schools and districts collect feedback from parents about the viability of online or e-learning during school closure, and parents’ concerns about that approach for their child.  This new survey tool is available immediately for your usage and is open to all K-12 schools and districts. As with all Speak Up surveys, there is no fee to use this survey within your community and all collected data is provided back to you with state and national comparative data for context.

This new survey is short – only 15 questions long and your parents should be able to complete it in 10 minutes.  It is accessible with any Internet connection including from a smartphone. Parents’ will identify their child’s school and all data will be aggregated at the school and district levels for you.

The survey questions have been professionally developed using Project Tomorrow’s 17-year history of knowing how to ask parents questions to get the most valid data.  The resulting data from the survey questions will help you understand the following from your students’ parents:

  • General perception of the idea of e-learning or online learning at home during a school closure
  • Child’s access to a computer and mobile devices at home – what types of technology and is it shared or dedicated to the child for learning
  • Child’s access to the Internet – including level of connectivity
  • Parents’ belief about the success of their child to learn in this way
  • Level of parental concerns about various potential anxieties with e-learning
  • Comfort with monitoring students’ behaviors online
  • Personal experience with online or e-learning
  • Best way for teachers to communicate with parents during a school closure

As you think about either implementing online or e-learning in the short term during an immediate closure or the longer term as this crisis develops, it is critical that you have the very best information about the views, beliefs, and capacities of your families to support this type of learning environment.  We are here to help you and make sure that you have data for decision-making that is valid, credible and trustworthy. In addition to providing you with the local data and state/national data for context, we are also offering our Speak Up districts a data analysis call with Dr. Julie A. Evans, our CEO, to interpret the data findings with your team and make recommendations to you about how to prepare for and message e-learning to your community.

Our team has created sample email messages and texts to distribute to your parent community.  You can find all of these resources and the link to the survey here: bit.ly/AtHomeE-Learning

If you have any questions or need additional support, please contact us at speakup@tomorrow.org.  Thank you for your leadership in this difficult time and keep up the good work.

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