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Speak Up America Photo/Video Challenge and Book Giveaway Winners

Happy Tuesday! Thank you again to all who participated in Speak Up 2015 and our Speak Up America 2015 week long event! We are excited to highlight the winners of our photo/video challenge and our book giveaway:

Photo Challenge Winners

  • Irvington Community Elementary School, IN
  • Howe Public Schools, OK
  • Andress High School, El Paso ISD, TX

 

Video Challenge Winners

Book Giveaway Winners

  • Flip Your Classroom by Bergmann and Sams (donated by Arfstrom Consulting)
    Winner: Margaret Thompson from Moore County Schools, NC
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam (donated by Arfstrom Consulting)
    Winner: Lori Oren from Bulloch County Schools, GA
  • Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World by Kathleen Hurley (donated by Girls Thinking Global)
    Winners: Shannon Bosley from Diocese of Covington, KY and Kelly Berenda from Community Schools of Frankfort, IN
Thanks again to everyone who participated, and congratulations to our winners! Check back soon to view our list of free conference registration winners!

Speak Up America has been EXTENDED!

We heard you loud and clear last week! Due to multiple requests, we have decided to extend several of our Speak Up America contests and challenges through this week! We understand that many of you plan on participating in Speak Up this week and we wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to win. Therefore, our national conference and regional conference registration contests, photo and video challenge, and book giveaway have been extended! Check out what’s still up for grabs below:

  • Extended through Wednesday, December 16th with results announced by the end of the week!
  • Click here to review the challenge rules
  • Click here to view our current list of #SpeakUpSnapshot entries!
Need some last minute promotional ideas for the last week of Speak Up? Click here to download some of our sample emails and ideas!

Speak Up 2015 Snapshots for School Communications

Communication Officers and Community Member Preliminary Data Snapshot

 

This is a special release of the preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2015 (data collected from October 1 – December 4th from 182 Communication Officers and 4,070 Community Officers nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.
Do you want a chance to win a $225 classroom or school grant? Participate in Speak Up, before it closes on Friday, December 19th! Then take a photo using the Speak Up America badge showing your classroom or school participation for a chance to win a $225 classroom grant! Learn more about this great opportunity here: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakupamerica.html#challenge.
Take the survey at: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/. Now is the time to Speak Up about education – be sure to participate before Friday, December 18th.

Speak Up 2015 Snapshots for Science Teacher

Science Teacher Preliminary Data Snapshot

This is a special release of the preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2015 (data collected from October 1 – December 4th from 1,689 Science Teachers nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.

The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!

Teacher Preliminary Data Snapshot

This is a special release of the preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2015 (data collected from October 1 – December 4th from 24,622 teachers nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.

The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!

Parent Snapshot 2015

Check out our first preliminary data snapshot of the week from this year’s Speak Up survey! This one is on parent data based on 20,417 surveys pulled on December 4th.

The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!

Speak Up America is here!

Happy Speak Up America week and countdown to the finale of Speak Up! This year’s survey has been a great success, with over 325,000 surveys already submitted. To celebrate this superb survey period, we’ve launched our Speak Up America weeklong event (December 7th – 11th). Now in its third year, Speak Up America plans to celebrate past and present participants with opportunities to win classroom grants, free national and regional conference registrations, and more – participating in our Speak Up America campaign is a great way to end this year’s survey period on a high note! Keep reading to learn more.

In this blog post:

▪ Last Minute Outreach: Try one of our promotional ideas to make the most out of the last two weeks of Speak Up.
▪ National Speak Up Day: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 9th!
▪ Classroom/School Grant Photo and Video Challenge with 5 chances to win!
▪ Free National Conference Registrations to the 2016 BbWorld, CoSN, iNACOL, and ISTE Conferences!
▪ Free Regional Conference Registrations to CUE, NCCE, NETA, and TCEA.
▪ Speak Up America Book Giveaway: Submit your name and take the survey for a chance to win 1 of 3 books!
▪ Speak Up 2015 Preliminary Data Snapshots released daily!

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Last Minute Outreach Ideas

Kick your promotion into high gear with our last minute ideas!

With less than 2 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, try one of these ideas:

▪ Host a Speak Up Day or week
▪ Focus on one survey type
▪ Get your community involved in Speak Up America week
▪ Highlight the Speak Up survey on your website using one of our Speak Up logos (with a link to the survey).

Click here to view our full list of last minute outreach emails and promotional ideas.
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National Speak Up Day

Wednesday, December 9th

The highlight of the Speak Up America 2015 Campaign will take place this Wednesday, December 9, 2015 with National Speak Up Day! National Speak Up Day is the day to encourage your community to participate. We would like everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our nation’s schools, so please share this link http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015 with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizations, members, affiliates or anyone who has a passion for improving education and ask them to take the Speak Up survey.
The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!
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Photo and Video Challenge

Educators, win a grant for your classroom or school just by having your students participate in Speak Up!

Planning to have your class or school participate in Speak Up this week? Already had your class or school participate? Need a little incentive to get your class or school to participate? Submit your photos and videos to our Speak Up for America Photo and Video Challenge – we’ve already had a few entries submitted, so start sending in your photos and videos!

Photo Challenge

Hashtag: #SpeakUpSnapshot

To celebrate technology and all our wonderful Speak Up participants, we will be offering $225 grants to three lucky Speak Up participating classroom or school during the week of December 7th. All you need to do is take a picture with the Speak Up for America 2015 Badge (above) highlighting your Speak Up experience and upload to one of our social media sites or the photo challenge page. Contest is open now, so get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing you and your students Speaking Up!
For contest rules please visit our photo challenge page here.

Video Challenge

Hashtag: #VoicesofSpeakUp

Last year, we heard you loud and clear with multiple #speakupsnapshotssubmitted to the 2nd annual Speak Up America photo challenge. Now in our third year of Speak Up America, we want to see you and your class “Speaking 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!
In this challenge, there will be 2 grant opportunities to win $225!
Never has your chance of earning a classroom grant been easier. Enter your#VoicesofSpeakUp video into the Speak Up America video challenge today!
Learn more about the video challenge contest rules here.
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Free National Conference Registrations

We are excited to announce chances to win free conference registrations toBbWorld 2016the 2016 Annual CoSN Conferencethe 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, and the International Society for Technology in Education 2016 Conference and ExpoOne lucky district will be chosen for each free registration, and two will be chosen for ISTE 2016. Winning is easy – just follow the instructions below to enter your district into our competition:

1. Get in any last minute surveys! Any survey that comes in during Speak Up America 2015 campaign beginning Monday December 7, 2015 through Friday December 11, 2015 (in addition to surveys already submitted earlier in the survey period) will be entered into the competition. Increase your chances to win!
2. Encourage participation in National Speak Up Day (12-9-15)! Every survey submitted on this date will be entered into a separate drawing for a free ISTE 2016 Conference & Expo registration.

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Free Regional Conference Registrations to CETPA, CUE, NCCE, NETA and TCEA.

Are you a California, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas or Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington) district?

You’re in luck – the awesome folks at CETPACUENCCENETA, and TCEA are also offering free conference registrations! 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. Every participant from your district will enter you in to the drawing to win – the more surveys you have in the more chances you have to win! One winner will be selected for the NETA, NCCE, and TCEA conferences, and three for the CUE conference. We will randomly select a survey from your state and announce the winners on Friday, December 11th at 5PM PT/7PM CT/8PM ET.
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Speak Up America Book Giveaway

Submit your name and take the survey for a chance to win 1 of 3 books!

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Arfstrom Consulting and Girls Thinking Global, we’re hosting a special book giveaway this week! All participating parents, educators, and community members are eligible to enter the giveaway – all you’ll need to do is take the Speak Up survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) and enter your information into the webforms below. Once you hit the submit button, you’ll be entered into the giveaway for the book of your choice! Feel free to submit your name for each book.

Click on the book title to submit your entry:

▪ Flip Your Classroom by Bergmann and Sams (donated by Arfstrom Consulting)
▪ Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam (donated byArfstrom Consulting)
▪ Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World by Kathleen Hurley (donated by Girls Thinking Global)

Thanks again to Arfstrom Consulting and Girls Thinking Global for their donations!
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Daily Speak Up 2015 Preliminary data snapshots

Click here to visit our Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshot page

During Speak Up America Week, we’ll pull a special snapshot of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Each day we will release a special video infographic on NEW Speak Up findings. Check below to see when we will be releasing each snapshot of data:

▪ Monday, December 7, 2015 —Teachers
▪ Tuesday, December 8, 2015 —Parents
▪ Wednesday, December 9, 2015 —Students
▪ Thursday, December 10, 2015 —Librarians
▪ Friday, December 11, 2015 — Principals

We will also be releasing preliminary data reports to all participating schools and districts during Speak Up America week! Stay tuned for more details.
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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 FacebookTwitterInstagramand 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.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

Speak Up America 2015: Book Giveaway

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Arfstrom Consulting and Girls Thinking Global, we are excited to host a special book giveaway during Speak Up America week! All participating parents, educators, and community members are eligible to enter the giveaway – all you’ll need to do is take the Speak Up survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) and enter your information the webforms below. Once you hit the submit button, you’ll be entered into the giveaway for the book of your choice! Feel free to submit your name for each book.
Click on the book title to submit your entry:

 

It started with a simple observation: students need their teachers present to answer questions or to provide help if they get stuck on an assignment; they don’t need their teachers present to listen to a lecture or review content. From there, authors Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams began the flipped classroom-students watched recorded lectures for homework and completed their assignments, labs, and tests in class with their teacher available.
What Bergmann and Sams found was that their students demonstrated a deeper understanding of the material than ever before. This is the author’s story, and they’re confident it can be yours too. Learn what a flipped classroom is and why it works and get the information you need to flip a classroom.
You’ll also learn the flipped mastery model, where students learn at their own pace-furthering opportunities for personalized education. This simple concept is easily replicable in any classroom, doesn’t cost much to implement, and helps foster self-directed learning. Once you flip, you wont want to go back!
 

 

A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.
It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in—a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.
Robert Putnam—about whom The Economist said, “his scholarship is wide-ranging, his intelligence luminous, his tone modest, his prose unpretentious and frequently funny”—offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. By and large the vast majority of those students—“our kids”—went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, drawing on a formidable body of research done especially for this book.
 

 

In Real Women, Real Leadership, twenty-four women leaders describe their personal journeys to the top, providing deep insight and a fascinating perspective on “making it” as a woman in the male-dominated business environment. They discuss their experiences and offer guidance on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles in the business world which is still dominated by men in the senior levels of management. Drawn from a range of industries including higher education, technology, law, the military, politics, the media, and more, these stories provide the details that every ambitious woman needs to know. You’ll learn which skills, attributes, and relationships served these women best, how they overcame the obstacles thrown into their paths, and the people they credit as instrumental along the way. A self-assessment chapter helps you discover your own leadership attributes, and determine which skills you need to acquire as you formulate your own personal roadmap to the top.
 
 Thanks again to Arfstrom Consulting and Girls Thinking Global for their donations!

Sneak Peek: Speak Up America 2015

Speak Up America 2015 is only five days away! Our weeklong celebration of past, present, and new Speak Up participants takes place from December 7th-11th. During this event there will be a daily release of Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, recognition of our current top participants, and opportunities to win free conference registrations and multiple chances to receive a classroom or school grant! Get a sneak peek of some of our prizes below:

Free National Conference Registration
Our friends at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have offered one CoSN 2016 Annual Conference registration (a $649 value for non-members) to one lucky Speak Up district! Get ready to join hundreds of your peers for Accelerating Success: Powered by an E-Learning Culture in Washington, D.C. from April 4-7, 2016. Just submit as many surveys as you can during Speak Up America week to enter this contest! Click here to learn more about the CoSN 2016 Annual Conference.

Free Regional Conference Registrations

Nebraska Districts: Mark your calendars for April 21st-22nd, 2016 for the 2016 Spring NETA Conference! “Embrace Your Passion” of edtech and get your surveys in for an opportunity to win a free conference registration for one lucky member of your team ($159 value). Our friends at NETA have offered a free conference registration to one district in the state. All you need to do is encourage your schools to participate in Speak Up during the week of Speak Up America (December 7th-11th). 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.

Texas Districts: Planning on attending TCEA in February and haven’t registered yet or want to bring another member of your team? Here’s your chance! Encourage your schools to participate in Speak Up for the chance to win a free conference registration ($180 value) to the TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas. Learn more about the conference and all its great offerings here.

To enter into your district into our competition for a chance to win these conference registrations, all you need to do is submit as many surveys as you can during Speak Up America week! Every survey submitted from December 7th through December 11th will be entered into the drawing. Start spreading the word about our weeklong event to your school(s) – visit our website for more information.