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Speak Up News – November 2015

Happy November! Can you believe we are already one month into Speak Up? We are off to a great start with 90,000 surveys submitted! Thank you to all who have participated, and a big thanks to our top states: Texas, Indiana, Alabama, Maryland, and California. Keep up the great work and encourage others to take the survey! Visit our promotional materials page for ideas on how to spread the word.

In this newsletter…

▪ Speak Up 2015: Surveys are open through December 18th!
▪ Calling all Communications Officers! We want to know how you’re using technology to facilitate engagement within your community.
▪ Speak Up America 2015: Get a sneak peek at our week long event before it begins on December 7th.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Check out this month’s upcoming events with Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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SUcalendar 2015 survey

Haven’t taken the Speak Up survey yet?

If not, be sure to take the survey by Dec. 18!

If you haven’t participated in Speak Up yet, be sure to take the survey by December 18th. Click here to take the survey or follow the link: bit.ly/SU15survey. Learn more about which survey you should take below:
Take the educator survey if you are a…

▪ Teacher, Librarian or Media Specialist
▪ Administrator, Tech leader, or Communications Officer
▪ School or district employee (but not a teacher or administrator)

Take the parent survey or padres de familia en español survey if you are a…

▪ Parent
▪ Spanish speaking parent

Take the group survey if you are administering group surveys for…

▪ K-2 student group
▪ Grades 3-5 student group
▪ Parent group
▪ Parent Spanish group
▪ Community members group

If you do not fall into any of the above categories but are interested in sharing your thoughts and ideas, please select the community survey.
Once you’ve submitted your survey, share the following link with five friends and encourage them to take the survey: bit.ly/SU15survey
Word of mouth is the best way to spread the word! If you need help promoting Speak Up to your friends and colleagues, visit our promotional materials page for downloadable flyers, instructions, sample emails, and more.
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District Communications and Public Relations Officers, Speak Up!

NEW survey for communications officers

In a special partnership with the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), we’ve created a special new survey just for Communication Officers! As a companion to the other Speak Up surveys, your input will help complete the picture of what’s required to effectively use technology tools to facilitate communications and engagement within your community. Now’s your chance to get involved! Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning. Click here to take the survey.
Not a communications officer? Spread the word about this all new survey to your school and/or district’s communication officer(s)! Contact Lisa Chu atLChu@tomorrow.org for sample emails and tweets.
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Speak Up America 2015

December 7th – December 11th, 2015

Get ready – Speak Up America starts in one month! Mark your calendars for this year’s campaign, which will take place from December 7th through December 11th, 2015. Our week long event will feature opportunities to win free conference registrations, Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, and more!

Speak Up America 2015 features free conference registrations to:

▪ Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 2016 Annual Conference
▪ CUE 2016 National Conference
▪ 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
▪ 2016 Spring Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) Conference
▪ Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2016 Conference
▪ Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2016 Convention & Exposition

With more to be announced! Stay tuned for more information about Speak Up America as we get closer to December 7th.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Don’t miss Julie’s events this month!

We Got This! Integrating Digital Databases within Classroom Instruction
American Association of School Librarians National Conference & Exhibition
Friday, November 6
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Many school leaders report challenges in the integration of digital content within classroom instruction and yet school librarians and libraries are uniquely positioned to address these key challenges. We will present the results from a study and discuss findings with the librarians from two project high schools. Audience members will learn key strategies for integrating digital databases within classroom instruction, and how innovative librarianship can enhance both student and teacher outcomes. Modeling interactive learning, the audience will be polled throughout the session regarding their views on the outcomes using a Jeopardy style game format. The session supports the AASL strategic plan by demonstrating the relevancy of librarians within digital learning adoptions.
The Pivotal Role of the School Librarian in Education Transformation
American Association of School Librarians National Conference & Exhibition
Friday, November 6
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Since 2003, the Speak Up Research Project has polled 4 million K-12 students, educators and parents about their views on digital learning. A key finding from the resulting data has been the increasingly importance of curated digital content and in school mentoring to actualize the promise of technology to transform education. Enter the school librarian. In this interactive session, we will share new Speak Up findings that demonstrate the pivotal role of the school librarian in school and classroom adoption of digital content.
1-2-3- 4 New Ways to Examine Blended Learning Outcomes
iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Tuesday, November 10
10am-11am PT
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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, and what of those outcome measures, and collaboratively develop a new template for assessing the real impact of blended learning.
Twitter chat: Blended Learning Outcomes
#SUchat
Tuesday, November 10
3pm PT/6pm ET
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.