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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
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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.

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!