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STEAM Research From the Frontlines

Screen Shot 2018-07-16 at 1.20.00 PMView this summer’s webcast on Speak Up research related to STEM and STEAM interest among students across the U.S. Hosted by STEAM Universe, the webcast shares feedback from students, parents and educators, including:

  • STEAM learning trends,
  • drivers for STEAM education,
  • digital learning trends in STEAM classrooms, and
  • students’ career interest in STEAM fields.


Download the PPT slides.

Gaggle’s Student Online Safety Symposiums

Our friends at Gaggle are hosting a series of Student Online Safety Symposiums throughout spring. These symposiums are free for school and district administrators, cabinet members, and other educators responsible for student online safety.

Symposium speakers include Common Sense Education, school administrators, attorneys, representatives from law enforcement and others. Attendees will engage in strategic and tactical discussions, learn more about keeping students safe and enjoy plenty of networking opportunities. To attend, just click on a location near you at the list below to sign up.

Student Online Safety Symposiums

Feb 27, 2017: Los Angeles/Orange County, CA

Feb 28, 2017: Riverside, CA

March 1, 2017: Santa Clara, CA

April 11, 2017: Chicagoland

April 21, 2017: Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, PA

To learn more, visit

Happy Giving Tuesday!

After giving thanks on Thanksgiving, it’s time to give back with #GivingTuesday! Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

For #GivingTuesday we ask our supporters to consider a donation to Project Tomorrow to ensure that today’s students are prepared for tomorrow. All donations will go towards our programs that help students gain the skills they need for the future. Please visit to support Project Tomorrow.

We also ask our Speak Up family and friends to donate 15 minutes of your time for the future of education. Make a difference today by expressing your views about education, technology, and college and career ready skills through the Speak Up 2016 Research Project. Click here to take the survey.

We want everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our schools – please share the Speak Up survey with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizers, friends, and anyone who has a passion for improving education:

Thank you for your continued support of Speak Up! To learn more about #GivingTuesday, visit their official website.

Scholarship opportunity for students in Orange County, CA & Salt Lake County, UT


To increase access to higher education and to promote careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), our friends at Edwards Lifesciences have established the Edwards Lifesciences Scholarship Program. Through this program, 10 Orange County, CA and Salt Lake County, UT high school seniors pursuing STEM bachelor’s degrees will be selected to receive a four-year scholarship totaling $10,000 ($2,500 per year) from Edwards Lifesciences Foundation. In addition, the scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to visit the campus in Irvine or Draper and apply for internship opportunities with the company.

Scholarship Criteria:
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a current high school senior who is a resident of Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the 2016-2017 academic year, pursuing a major in a STEM field
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Note: Children of Edwards Lifesciences employees are eligible to apply

Important Dates:

  • March 1, 2016 – Scholarship application available for 2016 -2017 academic year
  • April 11, 2016 – Application deadline
  • May 23, 2016 – Scholarship recipients announced
  • July 12, 2016 – Scholarship Award Ceremony at Edwards’ corporate headquarters in Irvine
  • August 30, 2016 – First half of year one scholarship mailed to students ($1,250)
  • December 15, 2016 – Second half of year one scholarship mailed to students ($1,250)

To learn more about the scholarship program, click here.

Around the Web Wednesday

Happy Around the Web Wednesday! Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education and technology. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!

Thank you again for participating in Speak Up 2015! All participating schools and districts will be able to view their data beginning in February 2016. In the meantime, be sure to check out our national preliminary data, which was released during Speak Up America week!

California Educators & Tech Leaders, don’t miss Julie’s presentations this week!

California educators and technology leaders – Julie Evans is hosting sessions this week at the CETPA Annual Conference and eLearning Strategies Symposium! If you’re attending these events, be sure to mark her sessions down to learn more about our Speak Up data about students, digital learning, blended learning, and more.

CETPA Annual Conference
Top 10 Things Tech Leaders Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
Tuesday, December 1st
4:50pm-5:40pm in Room 411B

Since 2003, the Speak Up Research Project has collected the authentic, unfiltered views and ideas of almost 4 million K-12 students, parents and educators on digital learning. The annual data findings regularly inform federal, state and local policies, programs and funding for education technology. In this session, we will leverage the national and California specific findings to debunk lingering mythology around student use of technology, in school and out of school, and provide you with new insights on digital learning expectations and aspirations. With a focus on the key trends in mobile, blended and virtual learning, we will also examine the role of digital content, social media and online assessments in the development of new learning environments – and what tech leaders need to know to best support your stakeholders. In addition to the student data, the session will also include key findings from parents, teachers and administrators. Tech leaders will have opportunities to share their perspectives on these topics in this highly interactive session and to learn how their school or district can participate in the annual Speak Up process.

eLearning Strategies Symposium
Keynote: Taking the Pulse on eLearning Today: The Views of K12 Students, Educators and Parents
Friday, December 4th
8:30am-9:30am in Pacific 2-4

For the past 13 years, the Speak Up Research Project has collected and reported on the views of almost 4 million K-12 students, educators and parents regarding digital learning. Using current and longitudinal Speak Up data, we will provide new insights into the students’ vision for the use of games, mobile devices and digital content within learning, and counter mythology with the authentic views of teachers and parents regarding technology use within instruction. Going beyond anecdotes and assumptions, this interactive and eye-opening presentation will provide leaders with new metrics for evaluating the pulse of eLearning in their school or district.

1-2-3-4 New Ways to Examine Blended Learning Outcomes
Friday, December 4th
11:05am-12:05pm in Emerald Bay 3

While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. In this flipped seminar, we will explore the how/when/why/what of those outcome measures, and collaboratively develop a new template for assessing the real impact of blended learning.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

#SUchat: Blended Learning Outcomes

Blended Learning Outcomes
Tuesday, November 10
3pm PT/6pm ET
Join Julie Evans for a special blended learning #SUchat while she attends the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. Let’s discuss all of these – and your ideas – for the best approaches for measuring the impact of blended learning today. Drawing in lessons learned from sessions at iNACOL this year, get ready for a lively Twitter chat!
If participating, please include #SUchat in your tweets. Don’t forget to follow us at @SpeakUpEd, @ProjectTomorrow, and @JulieEvans_PT – give us a shoutout if you plan on attending! We look forward to seeing you on tomorrow’s chat!

Valuing the Voices of Experts

During Connected Educator Month, Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans teamed up with Cable Impacts Foundation VP of Education Frank Gallagher to write a blog post about the importance of teacher voices while planning for “future ready” schools. Read the article below, and be sure to check out the original article on Connected Educators’ blog. Special thanks to Connected Educators for inviting Project Tomorrow to celebrate Connected Educator Month.

Change is easier, and often more effective, when it’s done with you rather than to you. Many times in the past, education reform has come from the top down, without teachers having a voice.

We’ll never get “future ready” schools without the active involvement of educators in all aspects of the process. At Cable Impacts Foundation, when we embarked on the project to create “Building Your Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments,” a tool education leaders could use to map out and manage transforming their schools into technology-rich hubs of personalized digital learning and 21st century teaching, we involved teachers from the beginning. Their voices defined the teaching component of the Roadmap. The voice of teachers played a key role in constructing the Future Ready Schools initiative, as well.

So what do teachers think is most needed for creating a “future ready” school? Since 2003, the Speak Up Research Project has been asking students and teachers that kind of question. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, the organization that runs the Speak Up Project summarizes what the teacher survey data tells us.

Teachers have a unique perspective on what is working, what is not working and what other things should be done to improve their effectiveness and impact student learning. They see four things that are vital for creating a future ready school.

First, teachers realize that they need professional development but the traditional in-service methods just don’t work anymore. Educators want PD that is highly personalized to their strengths and weaknesses, contextualized to be relevant to their curriculum, and timely – providing just the right amount of coaching and mentoring exactly when they need it.

Second, teachers value opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other. Increasingly, that’s being done through social media tools and online communities that become their “home team” of colleagues and coaches with whom they can share advice and support.

Third, teachers want to be at the table when digital tools are being evaluated and selected for classroom use. In many schools and districts, the decisions about and investments in online curriculum, digital content licenses, e-textbooks and even what websites can be used with students are being made by individuals several steps removed from the classroom. Administrators look first for digital content that is research based while teachers seek products that are created or evaluated by other teachers, and that they can modify or customize.

Fourth, teachers want their administrators to be authentic, co-learners with them on the journey to creating future-ready schools. Educators want to have confidence that their leaders truly understand the challenges they face, that they have a personal understanding of a new classroom models, and that they will provide the supports necessary for teachers to build capacity.

In the Roadmap project, teachers gave us great insight into what was needed and the best ways to deliver resources and PD to meet those needs. Too often school reform has failed, in part because teachers weren’t an integral part of the process. With the fast-paced, constantly evolving, globally economy, complex civic and social spaces, change is a given. We can’t afford to ignore the voices of teachers.

Frank Gallagher is VP of Education at Cable Impacts Foundation, the pro-social foundation of the cable telecommunications industry dedicated to leveraging cable’s resources – including its platform, technology and content – to empower consumers and enhance communities. Cable Impacts is the lead sponsor and curator of the Future Ready theme of Connected Educator Month.

Julie Evans is CEO of Project Tomorrow, a non-profit group driven to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world and well known for its Speak Up surveys.

Reminder: Today is the last day to help Project Tomorrow win $5k!

Last chance to help Project Tomorrow win $5,000!


Project Tomorrow is a finalist in the Cox Cares $5k Giveaway social media competition that will award $5,000 to a deserving Orange County nonprofit organization.
Reminder: today is the last day to vote for Project Tomorrow in the Cox Cares $5k Giveaway social media competition! Take five minutes of your time to vote for Project Tomorrow and help us win $5,000. There are two ways to vote:
Cox Cares website
2. Choose Orange County from the dropdown menu.
3. Click on “Project Tomorrow” to vote!
2. Retweet their tweet with Project Tomorrow’s name.
3. Spread the word – each retweet counts as a vote!
Thank you again for supporting Project Tomorrow!
The Project Tomorrow Team
About Project Tomorrow 
The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. To learn more about Project Tomorrow, please visit
About Cox Cares Foundation 
The philanthropic arm of Cox Communications, the Cox Cares Foundation, is funded by employee payroll donations that are matched by the company. The foundation provides scholarships to students, grants to non-profit organizations, and funds programs that improve the quality of life for children and families throughout Southern California. For more information about the Cox Cares Foundation, visit