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Speak Up family and friends: free webinar with Ann McMullen

Join longtime Speak Up friend Ann McMullen for a free webinar on Thursday, March 24, featuring a sneak peek at our Speak Up 2015 data. Check out the details below and don’t miss this event!

Tech in Today’s Schools: What EdTech Vendors Need to Know
Thursday, March 24, 2016
1pm – 2pm ET
Click here to register

A 2015 survey of district IT leaders by the Consortium for School Networking found that over half believe that their districts’ instructional materials would transition to digital to a “substantial” extent over the next three years*. How can curriculum, software and hardware developers help districts with the digital transition and what do districts expect from their vendors?

Our next webinar will answer these questions and more! Former Executive Director for Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District (TX) Ann McMullan will:

  • Provide a brief history and current status of how schools and districts look to leverage technology tools for learning.
  • Review the full scope of what it takes to implement technology for learning initiatives in K-12 schools and school systems.
  • Share what savvy vendors must know and do to assure their school clients are successful in implementing their digital learning tools.
  • This webinar will provide you with strategic insight for your sales, marketing, customer service, and product development plans.


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Ann McMullan
Public Speaker, Writer, Consultant





Ann McMullan is an education consultant focused on leadership, professional development and educational technology. Prior to her family’s September 2013 move to Los Angeles, Ann was the Executive Director for Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas. Klein ISD serves nearly 5,000 students and is recognized as an early innovator and national leader in educational technology.

For more than sixteen years, Ann led the district team that provides professional development on 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators. She was also the district’s lead administrator for the library services department.

From 2004 to 2006 Ann served as the co-chair of the Texas Educational Technology Advisory Committee which produced the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020, used by the state legislature and school districts across Texas for the planning and implementation of technology for learning in all content areas, Pre-K to grade 12.

Ann has received many honors and awards over the years including the Making It Happen Award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), in recognition of her educational technology leadership, commitment and innovation and a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Technology in Learning from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). In September 2013 she was spotlighted by Tech & Learning and Digital Learning Environments in their Profiles in Leadership eBook.

Ann is a frequent speaker at state and national education conferences. Additionally Ann is a contributor to educational publications, including eSchoolNews, EdNET Insight and CoSN. Ann currently serves on the local board of Power My Learning Los Angeles. Power My Learning is a national education nonprofit that helps students in low-income communities—together with their teachers and families—harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes.

Speak Up family and friends: Life Lessons in Leadership (Webinar)

Join our longtime friend of Speak Up, Ann McMullan (Education Consultant), for a FREE webinar on Tuesday, February 23 about leadership. Check out the details below:

Life Lessons in Leadership
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
Presented by Ann McMullan, Education Consultant
Hosted by Kathy Hurley, CEO, and Deb deVries, President, Girls Thinking Global
In the fast-changing world of the 21st century, it is a given that at some point in your life – as a child, young adult or professional – the opportunity or responsibility of leading others will fall on your shoulders. Whatever leadership role you find yourself in, there are basic principles of leadership that will strengthen your abilities and help assure your success. Those principles, and how to cultivate them will be shared in this webinar. This webinar will be of interest to anyone at any age who is serving as a leader or hopes to serve in a leadership position in the future.
Ann McMullanAnn McMullan is an education consultant who works throughout the United States and internationally as a public speaker, writer, and consultant focused on leadership, professional development and curriculum. Ann is a frequent speaker at state and national education conferences. She is also a contributor to several educational publications, including eSchoolNews, EdNET Insight and CoSN. Previously, Ann served sixteen years as Executive Director for Educational Technology in Klein ISD, outside Houston, serving nearly 50,000 students.
Girls Thinking Global LogoGirls Thinking Global (GTG), a global community of organizations serving girls and young women by leveraging technology to create a collaborative space that connects best practices, knowledge, and expertise.

Project Tomorrow at the California STEM Symposium

This year’s California STEM Symposium takes place from October 29 to October 30, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Now in it’s third year, the California STEM Symposium continues to improve STEM instruction by defining the “how” or how to teach and integrate STEM subject matter and how to make it relevant and engaging for all students, as well as connect teachers and organizations that are working to build tomorrow’s STEM workforce with like-minded partners and resources.

Project Tomorrow is excited to host two sessions at this year’s event! If you are attending this year’s symposium, be sure to mark your calendars for the following sessions:

The Gender Divide and Digital Learning in STEM Fields
Thursday, October 29
9:40am to 10:55 am
Room 206B
Presented by Ann McMullan, Project Tomorrow Consultant

Speak Up Project Research annually demonstrates the connection between gender differences in students’ use of digital resources for learning, and how girls want to use technology to explore STEM fields. This session will review the latest CA Speak Up results and discuss promising practices for erasing gender divides in learning.

Recruiting the Next Generation of STEM Teachers Through YouthTEACH2Learn
Thursday, October 29
3:30pm to 4:45pm
Room 207C
Presented by Gregory Nicholson, Director of Advancement, Project Tomorrow

YouthTEACH2Learn is a high school class teaching students how to develop and teach mathematics and science lessons to elementary students. Presenters share the experiences of students, past and present, and review seven years of research on this program’s impact on student interest and motivation to pursue STEM teaching careers.

Are you attending this year’s California STEM Symposium? If so, let us know. We look forward to seeing you there!

EdNet Insight: When Data is Win-Win

Our friend Ann McMullen recently wrote an article, “When Data is Win-Win,” about how Speak Up benefits everyone involved. Ann was the primary contact of Klein Independent School District (a longtime Speak Up Loud and Clear recipient) for many years, and continues to support leadership, professional development, and educational technology as a public speaker, writer, and consultant. Check out her reasons why Speak Up is a win-win for everyone:

  • Inside classrooms, the Speak Up survey provides teachers and students with an opportunity to have their voices heard at the district, state, and national levels and impact decisions made by school leaders and state and national policy makers. Plus, by simply reading the survey questions, participants gain a sense of the current shifts in the evolution of digital media in education. Having educators compare their perceptions about digital learning with their students’ responses to the Speak Up survey is powerfully impactful professional development for teachers and school administrators.
  • The data from Speak Up provides schools and school districts with a sense of where they are in the advancement of digital learning compared with schools and districts across the nation. Individual districts often use their Speak Up data for strategic planning. School districts that must seek voter approval for bond referendums to support technology purchases use their Speak Up data to inform and engage their communities. As a former director of educational technology for a large school district in Texas, I found the data from our district’s annual participation in the Speak Up survey invaluable in developing and implementing our district technology plan. Schools in our district also incorporated their own data into their annual Campus Improvement Plans.
  • State education agencies benefit from having as many districts as possible respond to the call for participation in Speak Up. Anita Givens, former Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs at the Texas Education Agency, says, “Speak Up reports provide the opportunity for the state to hear student and teacher voices from school districts across the state and compare the state data to the national data. The higher the level of participation by schools, the more impact their voices have. This is especially beneficial for planning and policy decisions at the state level. Speak Up data was invaluable in the development of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 and continues to be used when progress reports on the plan are submitted to the Texas Legislature.”

With over 400,000 online surveys submitted each year from 10,000 schools, the Speak Up data set is the largest collection of authentic, end-user educational technology information available in the market. Click here to register for Speak Up, and be sure to take the survey before it closes on December 19th!

About Ann McMullan: Ann McMullan served as the Executive Director for Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas, until September 2013 when she moved to Los Angeles, California. For 16 years Ann led the team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators. Both Klein ISD and Ann have received multiple honors for educational technology leadership and innovation. Ann served as the co-chair of the Texas Educational Technology Advisory Committee, which produced the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020. The Houston Chapter of Association for Women in Computing presented her with their Leadership in Technology Award in 2005, and ISTE awarded her the Making It Happen Award. In February 2010 Ann received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Technology in Learning from the Texas Computer Education Association, and she was recognized as a 2012 nominee for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in K-12 education. Tech & Learning featured Ann in their 2013 eBook, Profiles in Leadership. Today she is based in Los Angeles, working as a public speaker, writer, and private consultant focused on supporting leadership, professional development, and curriculum for educational technology. She may be reached at amcmullan@outlook.com. She may also be available to connect on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/annmcmullan and on Twitter at @Ann_McMullan.