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Plan to attend Blackboard’s #BbDay on July 21st!

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Are you going to NSPRA 2016 in Chicago, IL this July? If so, expand the value of the national seminar by attending Blackboard’s #BbDay on July 21st for a morning of professional development!

Where: Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago IL (same venue as NSPRA)
When: Thursday, July 21 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Click here to register

Plan to attend this event to get a sneak peek at the Speak Up 2015 communications officers data, interact and learn from your peers about social media management and community engagement initiatives, network with fellow PR professionals, learn about the latest Blackboard updates, and grow your knowledge about K-12 communication. As an added bonus, Blackboard will also provide a hearty breakfast, packed lunch, and transportation to the airports at noon!

Click here to register for #BbDay

Last call for tomorrow’s webinar: Maximizing Your K-12 Communications to Support Student Success

Maximizing Your K-12 Communications to Support Student Success
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Presented by Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Did you know that 86% of the public believes that parent support is the most important way to ensure student achievement? Blackboard and Project Tomorrow have surveyed thousands of parents across the U.S. to understand how they want to be communicated with, which channels they prefer, and how to increase their engagement with schools and districts. In this webinar, explore the parent survey data we’ve collected and learn what tools and practices you need to maximize family and community engagement in your district that ultimately influence student success.
Join Project Tomorrow President & CEO Julie Evans to hear more about:
• What role parents feel social media and mobile have in K-12
• What parents believe are measures of student success
• What parents worry about for their child’s academic future
• What ways in which parents like to be communicated
Julie will field questions from the audience at the end of her presentation. K-12 administrators interested in parent engagement survey feedback and community engagement technology tools that will help districts maximize their communications will benefit from this webinar.
A CE certificate will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the live event.
If you miss the live session, a link to view the recording will be sent within 24 hours of the live event.
This is a free program from edWeb.net. edWeb.net is a social network and professional learning community that makes it easy for teachers and all educators to connect and collaborate with peers, share information and best practices, and spread innovative ideas to improve teaching and learning. To learn more about edWeb.net, click on their logo to the right.

Upcoming webinar: Maximizing Your K-12 Communications to Support Student Success

Maximizing Your K-12 Communications to Support Student Success
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Presented by Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Did you know that 86% of the public believes that parent support is the most important way to ensure student achievement? Blackboard and Project Tomorrow have surveyed thousands of parents across the U.S. to understand how they want to be communicated with, which channels they prefer, and how to increase their engagement with schools and districts. In this webinar, explore the parent survey data we’ve collected and learn what tools and practices you need to maximize family and community engagement in your district that ultimately influence student success.
Join Project Tomorrow President & CEO Julie Evans to hear more about:
• What role parents feel social media and mobile have in K-12
• What parents believe are measures of student success
• What parents worry about for their child’s academic future
• What ways in which parents like to be communicated
Julie will field questions from the audience at the end of her presentation. K-12 administrators interested in parent engagement survey feedback and community engagement technology tools that will help districts maximize their communications will benefit from this webinar.
A CE certificate will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the live event.
If you miss the live session, a link to view the recording will be sent within 24 hours of the live event.
This is a free program from edWeb.net. edWeb.net is a social network and professional learning community that makes it easy for teachers and all educators to connect and collaborate with peers, share information and best practices, and spread innovative ideas to improve teaching and learning. To learn more about edWeb.net, click on their logo to the right.

Today’s webinar: Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development

Last call for registration for today’s webinar with Blackboard! Join Julie Evans as she explores Speak Up 2014 data – more information below:

Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
Monday, September 14
3:30pm ET
The increased use of technology, both in school and out of school, creates an urgency for teachers to embrace digital learning to make the student educational experience more productive and personal. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of education leaders, teachers and students on personalized learning and innovative learning environments. In this webinar we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 403,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with an emphasis on how the use of digital content, tools and resources in innovative classrooms are having a large impact on students’ engagement and development of critical college and career ready skills.
Be sure to sign up for the remaining sessions in the Fall 2015 K-12 Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) series! With over twenty sessions planned through December, there are plenty of opportunities for free teacher professional development. Click here to register and learn more.

Don’t miss this month’s upcoming webinars with Blackboard!

Stay up to date with the most recent Speak Up data by saving your spot for Julie Evans’s webinars with Blackboard – with one coming up this Monday! Learn how you can save your spot below:

Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
Monday, September 14
3:30pm ET
The increased use of technology, both in school and out of school, creates an urgency for teachers to embrace digital learning to make the student educational experience more productive and personal. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of education leaders, teachers and students on personalized learning and innovative learning environments. In this webinar we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 403,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with an emphasis on how the use of digital content, tools and resources in innovative classrooms are having a large impact on students’ engagement and development of critical college and career ready skills.
Maximizing Your K-12 Communications to Support Student Success
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
Wednesday, September 30
3pm ET
Did you know that 86% of the public believes that parent support is the most important way to ensure student achievement? Blackboard and Project Tomorrow have surveyed thousands of parents across the U.S. to understand how they want to be communicated with, which channels they prefer, and how to increase their engagement with schools and districts. In this webinar, explore the parent survey data we’ve collected and learn what tools and practices you need to maximize family and community engagement in your district that ultimately influence student success.

Webinar with Blackboard: Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development


Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development 
Blackboard and Julie Evans
Monday, September 14
3:30PM ET
The increased use of technology, both in school and out of school, creates an urgency for teachers to embrace digital learning to make the student educational experience more productive and personal. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of education leaders, teachers and students on personalized learning and innovative learning environments. In this webinar we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 520,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with an emphasis on how the use of digital content, tools and resources in innovative classrooms are having a large impact on students’ engagement and development of critical college and career ready skills.
Don’t miss the first webinar from the fall K-12 Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (K-12 BITS)! Registration for the series is now live – click here to sign up.

Are you at #BbWorld15?

If so, plan to attend Julie Evans’s panel tomorrow, featuring input from parents about digital learning, communication, and more. Check out the details below:

Parent Panel: Parent Engagement to Drive Student Success
National Harbor 12 & 13
Wednesday, July 22
8:15am-9:00am EST

With the rise of digital learning, the transition to digital content, and near mobile ubiquity, teaching, learning, and communication are changing rapidly in K-12 education and so are school communities preferences and demand for communications and digital learning. And, parental involvement is leading contributing factor for student achievement. In this moderated panel discussion led by Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, we will hear from a panel of parents to better understand how schools can server their communication, teaching, and learning needs.

Live streaming of the event will be available! Click here to watch the panel online.

Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015 – Tuesday, June 30

Happy Tuesday! In just a few days, we’ll be at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA! Check out next what’s in store for Project Tomorrow next Tuesday (June 30) at ISTE 2015, and check our blog throughout the week for our plans for each day of the conference. Be sure to send us a message on FacebookTwitter, or in our comments section below if you plan on attending our sessions.

Tuesday, June 30 at ISTE 2015

Digital learning is more than a trend
Tuesday, June 30th
Request a copy of the report

Release of the 2015 report, Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning. This latest report from Blackboard and Project Tomorrow details how schools and districts are using new technologies to create the ultimate learning experience. Report highlights how:

  • Educators are using new technologies to engage students in and out of school
  • Blended and digital learning translate directly to student confidence and success
  • Students are reacting to these evolving and innovative classroom models

Why Student Data?
Tuesday, June 30, 12:30-1:30pm
Location: PCC 114
Access to student data can improve teaching and learning. Hear firsthand how educators, school districts, and the private sector are using student data to improve educational outcomes and how they are safeguarding student information.

Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Location: PCC 103BC
Click here to learn more

Engaging students in learning can potentially improve achievement, but increasing student engagement is still an elusive concept in many classrooms. Armed with research findings and classroom practices, we’ll provide you with new strategies and ideas to use in your classrooms. With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Robert Miller (Port Orange Elementary), and Kari Stubbs (BrainPOP).

Speak Up Family and Friends: The BbWorld 2015 Teaching and Learning Day Pass from Blackboard

Technology can only improve student success when paired with great teaching. Our friends at Blackboard invite higher education and K-12 educators to Teaching & Learning Day at BbWorld. This special day pass includes access to a series of sessions designed just for those working in the classroom—whether online, brick and mortar, or a mix of the two.

The day will open with an inspirational keynote from TED speaker Adora Svitak. Following, breakout sessions and panels will discuss key topics in education today. Check out the highlighted sessions below to see what’s in store:

Higher Education Program Highlights:

  1. Panel: The Ins and Outs of Designing Exemplary courses
  2. Session: Increasing Student Engagement
  3. Session: Best Practices for Accessible Course Design
  4. Session: Course design for online courses

K-12 Program Highlights:

  1. Featured speakers: Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams on Flipped Classrooms
  2. Session: Competency based digital learning
  3. Session: Transitioning to blended learning
  4. Panel: Parents and school-to-home communications
  5. Panel:  The Flip Side: A Flipped Learning Panel
  6. Panel: Powerful Professional Development to Prepare Teachers for Digital Learning
The Teaching and Learning Day Pass is only $199 and includes access to all BbWorld programing on Wednesday July 22. To access this special day-rate, use the code BBW199 at bbworld.com.
To learn more, visit Blackboard’s website.

Exciting new Speak Up opportunities!

Speak Up America may be over, but we still have several exciting events and opportunities during the last week of Speak Up! Check them out below, and don’t forget to take the survey before it closes this Friday, December 19th.

Participate in Speak Up this week for a chance to win a free 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium registration!

Our friends at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) have graciously donated a free 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium registration to one lucky Speak Up district. If you have ever wanted to attend the symposium, this is your chance! Winning the free registration is easy – all you need to do is encourage your staff, students, their parents and local community to take the Speak Up survey before the survey period ends on December 19th, 2014. Each survey from your district will serve as an entry into a special drawing for a chance to win the free symposium registration – the more surveys taken, the more opportunities your district has to win!
Save the date for the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Florida from November 8-11, 2015! To learn more about the symposium and iNACOL, visit their website at http://www.inacol.org/.

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Save the Date now for #BbWorld15 in Washington DC because here’s your chance to win one full conference badge!

Speak Up America week may be over but the fun is just about to begin! In a special extension of our Speak Up America promotions, our good friends and wonderful sponsors of Speak Up, Blackboard has offered a free BbWorld 2015 conference badge to gift to one lucky Blackboard district during our final week of Speak Up!
Winning is as easy as speaking up! All you need to do is encourage your staff, students, their parents and the local community to participate in Speak Up during the final week of Speak Up. This is a great way to reach out to different audiences that may have a lower participation numbers than you would like, for example to target your K-12 parents, teachers or local community members! The more surveys you get in, the more opportunities you have to win!
In addition to your free BbWorld conference badge, the selected recipient attending the conference will also have the opportunity to join our CEO Julie Evans for dinner in Washington DC. Here’s your chance to pick our CEO Julie Evans’ brain on all things digital learning!
It’s never too early to start getting excited for next year, so go ahead and pencil BbWorld in for July 21-23, 2015 at Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. To learn more about #BbWorld15 and all the great happening from this year’s conference please visit: http://www.blackboard.com/sites/Bbworld14/ 
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.

Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington districts turn up the volume and Speak Up!

As part of our Speak Up America campaign, our good friends at NCCE and NETA offered us free conference registrations to their upcoming 2015 conferences. With Speak Up America week coming to a close, we’ve received quite a few requests for an extension on these popular regional conference registration opportunities. To ensure everyone has a chance to Speak Up we will be extending this great promotion to all districts in these states so that everyone has the same amazing opportunity to win.
So Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington get out there and SPEAK UP! Be sure to assign a primary contact to your school or district, otherwise we will have no way of contact you and more importantly we’ll have no way to send you your 2014 Speak Up data results come Feb. 2015!
Know an educator in one of these states? Please help spread the word, and pass along information about this great opportunity. Learn more about these great conference registrations below:
Nebraska Districts: Mark your calendars for April 23rd-24th and be “On the Move” for the 2015 NETA Spring Conference with an opportunity to win a free conference registration for one lucky member of your team ($125 value). Our friends at NETA have offered a free conference registration to one lucky district in the state, all you need to do is encourage your schools to participate in Speak Up during the final week of Speak Up! The more surveys you get in, the more chances to you have to win! Learn more about the NETA conference and all of its great offerings here.
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington Districts: Our friends at the Northwest Council for Computer Education have graciously offered a free NCCE conference registration ($375 value) for their upcoming March 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon. Like our other free registration opportunities, all you need to do to enter is encourage your staff, students, parents, and the local community to participate in Speak Up. Each survey from your district acts as an entry into the contest – the more surveys taken in your district, the more chances you will have to win! Learn more about the conference and all its great offerings here. Also be sure to check out NCCE’s Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog at: http://blog.ncce.org/
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.

Photo and Video Challenge Extended through Wednesday, December 17th!

Thank you to all who have submitted their #SpeakUpsnapshot photos this week! On Monday we will be choosing one winner from Speak Up America week’s photo challenge entries to receive a $250 classroom/school grant.
Due to multiple requests, we have decided to extend the photo and video challenge through Wednesday, December 17th. We understand that many of you plan on participating in Speak Up next week and we wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to win. Therefore, all photo and video entries submitted next week through Wednesday, December 17th by 12PM ET will be entered into a separate contest with a total of four opportunities to win $225 in classroom or school grants! With more opportunities to win, receiving $225 in classroom or school grants has never been easier – so get your cameras ready and submit your photos and videos today!

Photo and video challenge rules

Photo challenge
Hashtag: #SpeakUpSnapshot
Winning a $225 grant has never been easier! All you need to do is take a picture with the Speak Up America 2014 Badge highlighting your Speak Up experience and upload the photo to one of our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or the photo challenge page. All pictures submitted through Wednesday, December 17th will be entered into a contest with up to four opportunities to win $225, so get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing you and your students Speaking Up!
Video challenge
Hashtag: #VoicesofSpeakUp 
“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your future?”
We want to see you and your class “Speak Up” in action! In our social media video challenge, Project Tomorrow wants to know:
“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your (students’) future?”
All you need to do is create a short 15-30 second video answering the question above. Use this opportunity to get your class involved by making this into a class project. Submissions can come in the form of videos, animations (PowToon), slideshows, voice snippets and more! The more creative the better!
All videos submitted next week will be entered into our special Speak Up challenge contest extension, with opportunities to win a $225 grant! With only three videos submitted so far, your chances of winning have never been higher!

*All submissions already entered into the contest will be included in the extended contest.