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


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

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.

Speak Up Family & Friends: The Evolution of Blended and Competency-Based Schooling with DreamBox Learning

Happy Wednesday! Our friends at DreamBox Learning are hosting a special webinar about blended and competency-based schooling. Check out the details below:

The Evolution of Blended and Competency-Based Schooling: What Lies Beyond the Horizon?
Presented by Dr. Tim Hudson, Vice President of Learning, DreamBox Learning
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
3pm – 4pm ET
Even when we believe we’re thinking “outside the box,” we’re often limited in our capacity to envision new school models that are more personalized, leverage technology effectively, and ultimately improve learning. When designing schools and classrooms, we often don’t realize how heavily our ideas are influenced by the assumptions and mental models we have about learning and education. In this this webinar, Dr. Tim Hudson will explore some of these hidden assumptions and help us imagine the full implications of blended learning that ensures high achievement for all students. He will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive session. This webinar will useful for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, curriculum coordinators, and IT professionals.
DreamBox Learning Math offers a groundbreaking combination of intelligent adaptive learning, rigorous elementary mathematics curriculum, and motivating learning environment. The innovative DreamBox platform captures every decision a student makes while working in the program and adjusts the student’s learning path appropriately, providing millions of individualized learning paths, each one tailored to a student’s unique needs.
We can’t wait to learn about blended learning with DreamBox Learning! Click here to sign up for their webinar.

Speak Up Family and Friends: The K-12 Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

Our friends at Blackboard Inc. are hosting their K-12 Innovative Teaching Series, starting this Monday, January 25! Don’t miss out on this WebEvent – check out the details for this Monday’s webinar below with Paula Barr, the iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year for 2015:

A conversation with the 2015 iNACOL National Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year

Paula Barr, 2nd Grade Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools
Monday, January 25
3:30pm ET
Paula will share her perspective on how blended and online teaching improves student engagement, provides for greater personalization of learning, and how a veteran classroom teacher has adapted to a new teaching and learning environment. Paula will share examples of successes and challenges she experienced in the journey of becoming an outstanding blended learning teacher. Paula recently had the opportunity to meet with and share about personalized learning within the blended learning environment utilizing flipped learning with colleagues at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China.
Interested in this event, or want to check out the rest of the Innovative Teaching Series? Click here

Speak Up Family and Friends: ASTA and SREB

With only THREE days left to Speak Up, we’d like to take a moment and highlight some of our Speak Up family and friends’ news and upcoming events! Check out the latest news from our friends at the Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB):

Phoenix Convention Center
Pre-Conference Field Trips, January 21, 2016
General Conference Sessions, January 22-23, 2016
Registration for Attendees and Exhibitors
All Arizona Pre-K through college educators in all areas of STEM: Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, and CTE are invited to attend ASTA’s 2016 conference in Phoenix, AZ! Registration includes:
  • Up to three days of engaging, relevant professional learning for PreK-16 educators, informal educators, business partners, and community leaders in all areas of STEM.
  • 12  field trip options on Thursday, January 21, 2016.  Visits include K -12 schools, colleges/universities, a variety of museums, businesses and bio-medical research facilities.
  • Five amazing keynotes from current innovators in STEM education and industry: Hadi Partovi, Code.org; Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos; Jaime Casap, Google Education; Jo Anne Vasquez, Ph.D, Author STEM Essentials; and Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF.
  • The opportunity to choose from a variety of high-interest sessions to match your role in STEM.
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with educators and industry who are actively involved in leading and influencing the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Access to the exhibit hall featuring the latest STEM products, services, and opportunities from partners in education.
Click here to register
Interested in learning more about equity of access for students without Internet and computer coding? Our friends at SREB hosted two webinars earlier this year related to equity of access! Click here to view the webinars.

Special thanks to ASTA, SREB, and the rest of our Speak Up family and friends who have taken and promoted the Speak Up survey! This Friday is your last chance to Speak Up and make an impact on education policy – visit http://bit.ly/SU15survey to take the survey.

Thank you to our Speak Up partners!

With two days left until Thanksgiving, we’d like to give a big thank you to our Speak Up partners! Thank you for your endless support! Click on the logos below to learn more about our partners:

We’d also like to give a big thank you to the following organizations and partners for donating free conference registrations as prizes for our Speak Up America campaign:
To learn how you can win a free conference registration from one of the above organizations, as well as classroom/school grants, visit our Speak Up America homepage.
In need of a last minute classroom activity before Thanksgiving break? Take the Speak Up survey with your students! Visit our promotional materials page to download our sample lesson plans for grades K-12.

Thank you to our Speak Up sponsors!

Happy Monday! In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we’re giving thanks all week to our Speak Up partners, sponsors, and participants. Today we’d like to recognize our Speak Up sponsors, who generously support the survey through grants and in-kind support:

Click on each sponsor’s logo to learn more about their organizations. Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors – without them, Speak Up would not be possible! To view our full list of champion sponsors, outreach partners, and non-profit partners, visit our website.
Give thanks to your school and district by taking the Speak Up survey – your answers will help plan programs and funding throughout your school and district, as well as education policy throughout the nation. Visit bit.ly/SU15survey to participate.

Speak Up Family and Friends: CoSN’s Awards & Recognitions are open for nominations!

Calling all edtech leaders! Our friends at CoSN are accepting nominations for their 2016 awards through this Friday, November 20, 2015. Awards are given to individuals and teams who demonstrate outstanding vision in K-12 education technology. Feel free to nominate yourself or any great leaders you know! All award winners will be recognized at CoSN’s Annual Conference and will receive complimentary conference registrations, honoraria, and media coverage.

CoSN is accepting nominations for the following awards:

Withrow CTO Award
This award recognizes an exceptional district CTO who serves as a technology champion and whose leadership has been transformative for his or her school system.

Team Award
The Team Award honors a district leadership team for its transformative impact on ed tech and its work to improve student learning.

Award for Excellence in Public Service
This award recognizes an elected or appointed official for his or her achievements in advocacy and policy to promote the use of K-12 education technology. In some years, a similar award, the Partnerships that Matter Award, is given to an organization (rather than an individual) which has been a public service champion.

Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion
The Private Sector Champion award honors an individual from the private sector for outstanding service to the education technology community.

Volunteer of the Year Award
This award honors a volunteer who has provided exemplary support to CoSN in a volunteer capacity, including on our committees or state chapters. We also honor several of our volunteers with induction into the CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame.

CoSN sometimes recognizes members outside the structure of our formal awards program. Current recognition opportunities include:

NextGeneration Leaders Program
CoSN created the NextGeneration Leaders program in the fall of 2015 to recognize and support emerging leaders in education technology. If you have been in the industry for no more than 5 years, this is the program for you!

To learn more about CoSN’s Awards, please visit their website here.

Speak Up family & friends: Fall registration for ISTE is now open!

Spark extraordinary learning and teaching. Be a catalyst!

We encourage all digital age educators to join the International Society for Technology in Education as members – whether it’s as an individual member, as a team, or as an institutional member. As a digital age educator, you’re a catalyst for learning, teaching and education transformation. It’s what you do. Let ISTE be the spark that ignites your passion by providing innovative ed tech resources and access to a global community of education leaders committed to connected learning in a connected world.

Our friends at ISTE have multiple membership options available:

ISTE also has a sampling of free ed tech resources available if you are interested in seeing what they have to offer – click here to view the resources.
About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world. ISTE membership is a powerful way for educators to connect with peers, share knowledge and ideas, and help lead the transformation of education. ISTE also offers innovative ed tech resources to support professional learning for educators and education leaders. Visit http://www.iste.org/ to learn more.