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Need help promoting Speak Up to your stakeholders?

Speak Up partners – need help promoting the survey to your stakeholders? Check out some of our ideas for inspiration! Don’t forget that Speak Up opens on October 6th until December 19th – participants can register here.

Promote participation in Speak Up:                                 

q  Encourage your stakeholders to participate in Speak Up through email blasts, newsletters, your blog or other online social media tools.
q  Highlight the Speak Up survey on your website using the Speak Up Partner logo (with a link to the survey).
q  Inform your stakeholders that you are actively promoting participation in Speak Up by issuing your own “customized” press release using the Speak Up press release template provided by Project Tomorrow.  Project Tomorrow will issue its Speak Up national press release on October 6th.
q  Distribute Speak Up Info flyers during your presentations at conferences or from your booth on the exhibit floor.
q  Host a “Speak Up” media event to encourage participation in Speak Up.
q  Use social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter to get the word out about Speak Up to your stakeholders.

Spotlight students’ views in the dialogue about K-12 education 

q  Include Speak Up data in your articles, promotional materials or presentations.
q  Share how the Speak Up results are important to your organization’s mission and work.
q  Use the Speak Up results to identify your stakeholders’ needs, secure funding or demonstrate the success of your initiatives.
q  Schedule Julie Evans, CEO- Project Tomorrow, to present the Speak Up findings to your team, at a conference or through a webinar.
q  Host a regional or state summit to share Speak Up data and develop an action plan for creating 21stcentury schools.

Strengthen the Speak Up network

q  Blog about how you are using Speak Up data to inform your decisions about curriculum or technology, programming, legislation, or services.
q  Share promising practices with staff from partnering organizations, schools and districts who are involved with Speak Up.  

Speak Up News – September 2014

Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a great summer!
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…
* Speak Up 2014 launches next month! Registration now open, surveys will be available October 6th- December 19th, 2014
* Speak Up 2014 promotional materials are now available! Visit our website for a full list of our flyers and guides
* Vote for our panels for SXSWedu 2015: “Paying it Forward: Leveraging Today’s Female Voices” & “Learning My Way: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace”
* Speak Up on the Go! Check out this month’s presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans.
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Collect valuable data for your school or district by participating in Speak Up

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Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project.
Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Surveys will be open for input October 6th – December 19th, 2014 at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.
Get your schools involved! Register as the primary contact of your school or district to manage your district profile and assign organizational passwords to access your data in Feb 2015. Learn more about the registration process on our website or contact Jenny Hostert on the Project Tomorrow Team at jhostert@tomorrow.org to learn more.
For additional information on the Speak Up surveys, including FAQs, promotional materials and more please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
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Our Speak Up 2014 promotional materials are now available!

To see all of our helpful flyers and guides, visit our website here.
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Vote for Julie Evans’s panels for SXSWedu 2015

We need your help! Our CEO, Julie Evans, is featured in two proposals for SXSWedu 2015’s Panel Picker, where educators can cast their votes for the most compelling ideas and ultimately shape the conference line-up. Voting ends this Friday, September 5th so make sure to give our sessions a “thumbs up” before time is out – you’ll need to create a SXSW username and password if you don’t already have one, but the process is simple and free! Learn more about the sessions below:
1. Paying it Forward: Leveraging Today’s Female Voices
This panel brings together female change agents intentionally gathered from across the ed tech space to examine the unique role women play at this nexus of education and technology. Research has demonstrated that the today’s young girls and women need role models in technology fields to develop self-efficacy in these fields. Whether you are examining how to further your own voice, grow your PLN, or mentor the next great generation of female ed tech leaders, this is a “must attend” conversation.
Vote for “Paying it Forward: Leveraging Today’s Female Voices”” here
2. Learning My Way: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace
Giving students 24/7 access to learning materials can dramatically improve education outcomes as proven in 40+ pilot projects. However, data shows that up to 30% of U.S. households have no access to high-speed broadband at home, and in some districts it’s as high as 70%. This causes many students to power down after school. We need a viable solution to address the gaps for those students without access. Learn about new mobile-centric solutions to enable safe and affordable 24/7 learning.
Vote for “Learning My Way: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace” here
Don’t forget – voting ends this Friday on September 5th!
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Speak Up on the Go!

Our CEO Julie Evans has two free webinars this month! Check them out and sign up!

Enabled, Engaged, Empowered: The New Student Vision for Digital Learning
Date and time: Monday, September 15, 2014 3:30 pm EST
Sponsored by Blackboard K-12
Sign up here
The dynamic profusion of emerging technologies, both in school and out of school, is propelling today’s K-12 students to make new demands on their schools for a dramatically different kind of educational experience. Enabled, empowered and engaged, our students have a unique vision for 21st century education that reflects their desires for social-based learning experiences that are un-tethered to the traditional classroom, and rich in digital media and content. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of students on personalized learning and new classroom models. In this webinar, we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 403,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with a special emphasis on how today’s students want to be engaged with mobile learning, online and blended learning, and e-textbooks and digital content. The discussion will provide new insights into the digital disconnect between students and educators, and stimulate conversations about how to effectively leverage new classroom models of innovation to drive both increased student achievement and teacher productivity.
Engaging Students, Empowering Learning – New Roles for Digital Content and Games in the Classroom
Date and time: September 17 @ 3:30 pm EST
Sponsored by BrainPOP
Sign up here
Research tells us that engaging students in learning has the potential to improve achievement; teachers know that instinctively. But how to increase student engagement is still often an elusive concept in many classrooms. Promising new developments in the use of digital content, and specifically digital and online educational games, in elementary and middle school classrooms aim to make that connection between student engagement and empowered learning more explicit. In this webinar, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will introduce a new white paper that highlights Speak Up research findings around teacher and student use of digital content and games for learning, and how administrators are increasingly supporting those efforts. And Robert Miller, 5th grade teacher from Daytona Beach, Florida, will share examples of how digital content and games are transforming his classroom today. With a combination of research findings and classroom practices, this webinar will provide you with new strategies and ideas to use in your classrooms this year!
As always, be sure to take the conversation online by mentioning @ProjectTomorrow, @BrainPOP, and @BlackBoardK12 during on Twitter!
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.

Help spread the word about Speak Up with our sample tweets!

This sample tweet list is meant to serve as a head start to promoting Speak Up registration and participation via Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. Feel free to use or customize any or all of these tweets to share your school/district’s involvement in the nationwide conversation about technology and education and to encourage others to do the same!
Before surveys open:
  • Empower your students to voice their opinions on the role of technology in & out of school–register for Speak Up: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Encourage your students to take part in the nationwide conversation about the uses of technology for learning: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Interested in being a part of the dialogue about K-12 program & policy decisions at the local, state & national level? http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Interested in learning how online learning is changing the classroom paradigm within schools? Register for Speak Up! http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Join us and 3.4 million students, parents, teachers, and admins who have participated in Speak Up since ’03, register now! http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Our school has registered to be a part of a nationwide conversation about educational technology–join in today: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Our school just registered for Speak Up!  Join the conversation about the role of technology in & out of school: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Participate in Speak Up & share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Share your opinions about the role of technology in education–register your school or district for Speak Up today! http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Use these promo materials to spread the word about Speak Up to fellow students, teachers, & admins in your school: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • 70% of students say mobile devices allow access to research any time/place. Learn how your students use technology: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • 3 out of 4 school administrators use smartphones, and more than half are tablet users… survey your school today: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
During the survey period:
  • Speak Up Surveys are available Oct. 6 thru Dec. 19! Make your voice heard! http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Don’t forget to submit your Speak Up surveys! If you are having trouble, refer to these instructions: http://bit.ly/SUoutreach
  • Teachers-encourage your students to voice their opinions on the use of technology in school! See here http://bit.ly/SUoutreach
  • Be a part of the thousands around the country who are speaking up to decision-makers about 21st century learning http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Teachers, to learn more about Speak Up before participating in this nationwide educational survey, see this FAQ page: http://bit.ly/PdRqbt
  • Parents, to learn more about Speak Up before participating in this nationwide educational survey, see this FAQ page: http://bit.ly/PUS23q
  • Speak up now about issues regarding the use of new technology such as mobile devices and tablets in schools: http://bit.ly/SU14survey
  • Students, to learn more about Speak Up before participating in this nationwide educational survey, see this FAQ page: http://bit.ly/LLxSXP


To Speak Up, simply visit our official Speak Up 2014 page in order to register your district. Be sure to mark your calendars for our launch date, October 6th – you can do so with our invite hereFurthermore, check out our promotional materials page for tools to use to get your district on board and ready for Speak Up. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on all things Speak Up!

Speak Up Newsletter December 2013

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Speak Up 2013 | There’s only two weeks left to participate. Surveys close next Friday, December 20th!

Thank you to all the participants that have already taken part in the Speak Up surveys! Since the launch of the survey over 240,000 Students, Educators, Parents and Community Members have shared their ideas about the use of technology in education. Be sure to take the survey today and pass along to your network of friends and family, remember the survey is open to ANYONE interested in sharing their thoughts on critical 21st century education and technology issues.
In this e-newsletter, find new ways to get involved with Speak Up this year:
  • Speak Up 2013, Have you submitted your survey? Surveys available for Educators, Students, Parents and Members of the Community
  • Last minute Promotional Ideas There’s still plenty of time to get involved in Speak Up, find new ideas here.
  • New to Speak Up, watch our 45 minute introductory webinar! Learn how you too could get a free webinar with CEO Julie Evans next school year!
  • Help us reach 1,500 community member surveys! You don’t have to be an educator or student to take the survey. The voices of your community members are important too!
  • Speak Up Survey Instructions
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter and our Blog.
–The Project Tomorrow team
Click here to read online.
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Speak Up 2013, be sure to get your survey in by 12/20!

Together, let’s work towards leveraging technology to promote enhanced learning in our K-12 schools! Thank you to all our participating schools, districts, followers and to all our partners for your encouragement and support of this year’s surveys! Without you Speak Up would not be possible!
Surveys Submitted as of December 7, 2013 at 7PM ET:
Students: 194,609
Teachers & librarians: 25,668
Parents: 22,251
Administrators: 3,086
Community Members: 841
Top 5 School Districts, based on total participation:
Welsaco ISD, TX
McAllen ISD, TX
Brevard County School District, FL
Fairfax County Schools, VA
Madison County School District, AL
Top 5 states, based on total participation:
Texas, 36,287
California, 31,672
Alabama, 24,602
Indiana, 20,118
North Carolina, 16,110
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Last minute Promotional Ideas

There’s still two weeks to get involved! If you just registered your district or are looking for new ways to promote the survey, how about trying one of these ideas:

Host a Speak Up Day: Pick a day in December to have your K-12 community complete the Speak Up Surveys! San Marcos Unified School District in California collected 1,500 surveys during their 1st Annual Speak Up Day during the Speak Up 2012 survey period. SMUSD promoted their event via email, website, phone calls & social media!
Post a notice to your local community newspaper or blog: Post a message inviting your community to participate in Speak Up to your local newspaper or patch.com! Barrington Schools in RI and San Bruno Park School District in CA posted to their local patch.com, check it out! For sample text, please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org or use one of the follow sample texts found on our promotional materials page.
Focus on one survey type: Each survey receives their own data set with national comparisons (k-2, 3-5, 6-8,9-12, parent, teacher etc.) a focus on teachers, parents and/or administrators is an easy push and a great way to receive a meaningful dataset. Some recommendations would be to send an email or phone recording to parents or email blast to your teachers. Click here for a variety of sample emails.
Highlight the Speak Up survey on your website using one of our Speak Up logos (with a link to the survey). Click here for the code to embed on your website. Make sure to include your survey password!
Do your teachers need an activity before the winter break? Or an idea for sub plans? Download one of our Speak Up Lesson Plans, created by our ownMeredith Kohl, who holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction and a previous elementary teacher. Lesson Plans for K-23-5 and 6-12 are available for download. * Group survey options are available for K-2 students.
Use social media networks such as facebook or twitter to get the word out about Speak Up to your stakeholders. Try retweeting one of our @speakuped tweets or searching #speakupsurveys.
For additional promotional material to spread awareness, please visit our promotional material page at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html.
Not part of a school or district- help get the word out with our Partner Promotional Material Tools. If your organization is interested in partnering with Project Tomorrow this year to assist with outreach to your contacts, please contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org. For a list of Speak Up partners and sponsors please visit our website.
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Recorded Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2013

Interested in participating in this year’s Speak Up surveys but want to learn more about it? Now’s your chance! Watch our Speak Up Introductory webinar recording hosted by our CEO, Julie Evans. This 45 minute recorded webinar includes background information on Speak Up, benefits of participation, key Speak Up findings from last year’s survey as well as how their school can participate in Speak Up this year.
The recorded webinar can be accessed via Blackboard Collaborate here:Speak Up 2013 Planning.
As a special incentive for participation this year, all districts with surveys from at least 25% of their student population will receive a free webinar with Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow using your specific district and state data results in spring or fall 2014. Contact Jenny Hostert on the Project Tomorrow Team for additional information: jhostert@tomorrow.org.
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Expand the scope of your Speak Up outreach and bring in the voices of your community members

You don’t have to be an educator or student to take the survey. The voices of your community members are important too!

This year, for the first time, we are providing a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members, homeowners without children in the local schools or anyone with an interest in promoting better learning in our schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness.
All community members will access the survey through a school in their local community. Look up a school via zip or state and school name. Surveys will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Community members: Take the survey todaywww.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013.

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Instructions on How to Take the Survey

It’s quick and easy to get involved in Speak Up, to take the survey follow these 5 simple steps:
  1. Go to this link: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
  2. Click on the appropriate survey button
  3. Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name (community members select a school within your local community)
  4. Students will be required to enter in a survey password “secret word”. Educators, parents and community members are not required to enter in a survey password.
  5. Complete the survey by December 20th, 2013
Not sure which survey to take? Visit our Tips on Deciding which Survey to Take, to help you select the survey that best meets your needs.http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/TipsDeciding.aspx
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Thank you for your interest and continued support in Speak Up! We look forward to your participation in Speak Up 2013! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitter and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.
Jenny Hostert
Speak Up Operations Manager
Project Tomorrow
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There’s Still Time to Get Involved with Speak Up! Survey open through Dec. 20th!



Take the survey today at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013 


With less than 3 weeks to go there is still plenty of time to get the word out about Speak Up. If you just registered your district or are looking for new ways to promote the survey how about trying one of these ideas:

  • Host a Speak Up Day: Pick a day in December to have your K-12 community complete the Speak Up Surveys! San Marcos Unified School District in California collected 1,500 surveys during their 1st Annual Speak Up Day during the Speak Up 2012 survey period. SMUSD promoted their event via email, website, phone calls & social media!
  • Focus on one survey type: Each survey receives their own data set with national comparisons (k-2, 3-5, 6-8,9-12, parent, teacher etc.) a focus on teachers, parents and/or administrators is an easy push and a great way to receive a meaningful dataset. Some recommendations would be to send an email or phone recording to parents or email blast to your teachers. Click here for a variety of sample emails.
  • Highlight the Speak Up survey on your website using one of our Speak Up logos (with a link to the survey). Click here for the code to embed on your website. Make sure to include your survey password!
  • Use social media networks such as facebook or twitter to get the word out about Speak Up to your stakeholders. Try retweeting one of our @speakuped tweets or post these sample tweets, just click on Tweet this!:

Participate in Speak Up and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning: bit.ly/SU13survey>>> Tweet this!

Our district has registered to be a part of a nationwide conversation about educational technology–join in today: bit.ly/SU13survey >>>Tweet this!

Teachers, now is the time to encourage your students to voice their opinions on the use of technology in school!  http://bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet This!

Let’s be a part of the thousands around the country who are speaking up to decision-makers about 21st century learning: bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet this!

Calling all Parents,contribute to the national dialog about science, technology & preparing students for the 21st century workforce #Speakup >>> Tweet this!

Share your opinions about the role of technology in education, open 10/2-12/20, 2013 at http://bit.ly/SU13survey @speakuped  >>>Tweet This!

Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your community! Share this speak up flyer http://ow.ly/pKgPM>>> Tweet this!

New Speak Up survey for community members! Please be sure to share with your network of friends-every voice counts! http://ow.ly/pKhxG >>> Tweet this!

For more ideas, please check out our promo material pages website at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html
To get your district involved or for more information, please contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org.