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Speak 2013 launches on Wednesday, October 2nd!

Happiest Monday to all our followers and supporters!

Speak Up 2013 launches October 2nd!
This week is an important week here at Project Tomorrow and at schools and districts across the nation…Do you know why?
That’s right, you guessed it! Speak Up 2013 is just about here! The 2 day countdown is on. Speak Up 2013 officially launches on Wednesday, October 2nd!
There is still time to register your school or district in Speak Up 2013. Registration can be found here. Be sure your school/district has a primary contact registered so that your data results can be viewed in February 2014. This year, no password is required for educators, but a student password is required, and can be created by the main/primary contact.
You may be asking yourself a few questions:
Where can I learn more about Speak Up? Click here. 
What are some of the few question themes on this year’s survey? Blended and flipped classrooms, digital footprints, attitudes toward technology, and digital games are just a few of the themes on this year’s surveys. Moreover, this year, we have a new community members survey. These surveys are meant to be taken by anyone in the community who wants to voice their opinions concerning technology in education.
Spread awareness surrounding Speak Up 2013 using our handy and convenient promotional materials which can be found here.
During the survey period, get the latest updates by following us here on this blog, twitter, and facebook.
Who will be speaking up on Wednesday, October 2nd? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
– The Project Tomorrow team

California Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill to Allow Minors to Delete Social Media Posts that may be Harmful to their Image

Minors Can Now Remove Past Social Media Posts
California Governor Jerry Brown recently approved a law that will give minors the freedom to delete information that may be harmful to their reputation on social media sites.
The law, which was signed on Monday, September 23rd, has been praised by some and criticized by others. Those who are for the law believe it will help minors avoid receiving a bad reputation that may be harmful in their academic, personal, and professional pursuits based on ill-conceived postings. Others opposing the law believe it is a slippery slope that could lead to more restrictions as to what should be removed from the Internet, leading to Internet censoring. 
What are your thoughts on the new law? Read more about it in The Los Angeles Times here.
This year, our Speak Up Surveys will ask questions related to a student’s digital footprint. 
An example question is:
Which of these statements reflect your thoughts about digital footprints (information that is available online about you from what you and others have posted)? (Check all that apply)
Speak Up Surveys are free, and schools and districts can receive access to their school and/or district’s data in February 2014. Results regarding a student population’s digital footprint will also be apart of that data.
Speak Up opens on October 2nd, and will run through December 20th.
To register, click here.
Our helpful and handy promotional materials can assist you in spreading the word about Speak Up to your students, parents, teachers, administrators, and more! View our full list here.
Questions about Speak Up? E-mail SpeakUp@tomorrow.org.
Join the Speak Up conversation on Twitter! #SpeakUp2013 & @speakuped
Have a wonderful day.
– The Project Tomorrow team 

Under Armour Next Generation Charity Challenge

We’re super excited to let you know that we’re part of the UA Next Generation Charity Challenge. The Challenge is a fundraising campaign being launched by Under Armour.

To give back, Under Armour will be donating $50,000+ to organizations like ours focused on sparking positive social change by fueling the behavioral, educational and physical advancement of the NEXT generation. 

The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get $20,000 from Under Armour. Second place gets $10,000 and third gets $5000. We’re out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win that $20,000 grand prize donation. 

We think we can win and to do so, we definitely need your help. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small. 

To help now, please Click Here and give whatever you can. 

Or, if you want to go one step further, Go Here and click ‘Create Your Fundraiser.’ In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser that you can share with all of your family and friends so that you can raise money for our cause too.

Please email CrowdRise at UANEXTChallenge@CrowdRise.com if you have any questions at all and they’ll help solve everything. 

Thanks so much for your support. 

– The Project Tomorrow team

Around the Web Wednesday

It’s Wednesday…
Do you know what that means? It is Around the Web Wednesday!

Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!
Be sure to check back each week for our Around the Web Wednesday Series
Have you registered for Speak Up 2013? Surveys launch next week on October 2nd! Make sure to register so your voice can be heard!
Enjoy your day.
-The Project Tomorrow team
1. Unveiling the Blue Ribbon Schools – US Department of Education

2. Online EducationSilicon Valley Business Journal

Mobile Learning: Transforming Education and Engaging Students and Teachers

Happy Tuesday to all our followers and supporters! 

Last week, on September 17th, Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans participated in a panel discussion at Brookings in Washington D.C., concerning the subject of mobile technology in our K-12 schools. 
Mobile technology is in a plethora of ways transforming education in the United States. But what do these changes look like, and what do they mean for the enhancement of educational comprehension for our K-12 students?
To learn more, view the panel discussion here. Be sure to let us know your thoughts, and join the conversation on Twitter at #ProjectTomorrow, #SpeakUp, and #TechCTI.
Don’t forget to register your school/district for Speak Up 2013! The countdown to October 2nd is on! 
-The Project Tomorrow team 

Congratulations to this year’s Speak Up 200 Cohort!

Speak Up 200 Schools—2012 Participation

This annual recognition program highlights schools that are effectively incorporating Speak Up data into their local decision-making.  Each year, finalists are selected based on total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up, and use of data in local decision making.  

Top 200 Schools – 2012 Participation

Congratulations to the Speak Up Top 200 Schools for their participation in Speak Up 2012.
Top 5 school districts (based on total participation)
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
  • Shelby County School District*  (Alabama)
  • Weslaco ISD* (Texas)
  • McAllen ISD (Texas)
  • Richardson ISD (Texas)
Top performing district for parent participation
  • Shelby County School District*  (Alabama)
Top performing district for administrator participation
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
Top performing district for teacher participation
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
District School (*=Recognized multiple years) City
Coffee County Zion Chapel High School* Jack
Lee County School District Beulah High School Valley
Sanford Middle School* Opelika
Madison County Lynn Fanning Elementary School* Meridianville
Meridianville Middle School* Hazel Green
Riverton Intermediate School* Huntsville
Endeavor Elementary School            Harvest
Sparkman Middle School* Toney
Shelby County Chelsea High School Chelsea
Chelsea Intermediate School* Chelsea
Creek View Elementary School* Maylene
Montevallo Elementary School* Montevallo
Mount Laurel Elementary School* Birmingham
Oak Mountain Intermediate School* Birmingham
Thompson Sixth Grade Center* Alabaster
Helena Middle School* Helena
Valley Intermediate School* Pelham
Oak Mountain Middle School* Birmingham
Pelham High School* Pelham
Riverchase Middle School Birmingham
Thompson High School Alabaster
Thompson Intermediate School Alabaster
Apache Junction Unified Cactus Canyon Junior High School* Apache Junction
Desert Vista Elementary School* Apache Junction
Superstition Mountain Elementary School* Apache Junction
Paradise Valley Unified
Desert Trails Elementary School* Phoenix
Explorer Middle School* Phoenix
Shea Middle School* Phoenix
Sunrise Middle School * Scottsdale
Cactus View Elementary School* Phoenix
Horizon High School Scottsdale
Mountain Trail Middle School Phoenix
North Ranch Elementary School* Scottsdale
Arrowhead Elementary School* Phoenix
Foothills Elementary School Phoenix
Hidden Hills Elementary School Phoenix
Cabot Cabot Middle School North* Cabot
Southside Elementary School* Cabot
Stagecoach Elementary School* Cabot
Ward Central Elementary School* Ward
Westside Elementary School* Cabot
Cabot Middle School South* Cabot
Mountain Springs Elementary School* Cabot
Northside Elementary School* Cabot
Magness Creek Elementary School* Cabot
Fullerton Elementary Laguna Road Elementary School* Fullerton
Robert C Fisler Elementary School* Fullerton
Sunset Lane Elementary School Fullerton
Irvine Unified School District Culverdale Elementary School* Irvine
Sierra Vista Middle School Irvine
Venado Middle School Irvine
Merced Union High Atwater High School* Atwater
Buhach Colony High School* Atwater
Golden Valley High School* Merced
Livingston High School* Livingston
Merced High School* Merced
Yosemite High (Continuation)* Merced
Murrieta Valley Unified Vista Murrieta High School Murrieta
Natomas Unified School District Natomas Charter #19 Sacramento
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Yorba Linda Middle School* Placentia
San Marcos Unified San Marcos High School* San Marcos
Paloma Elementary School San Marcos
Solana Beach Carmel Creek Elementary School* San Diego
Skyline Elementary School* Solana Beach
Solana Highlands Elementary School* Solana Beach
Solana Pacific Elementary School* San Diego
Solana Santa Fe Elementary School* Rancho Santa Fe
Solana Vista Elementary School* Solana Beach
Diocese of Wilmington St. Mark’s High School Wilmington
Lake Forest Lake Forest Central Elementary School* Felton
Red Clay Consolidated School District Brandywine Springs School Wilmington
Brevard County
Discovery Elementary School* Palm Bay
Apollo Elementary School* Titusville
Lewis Carroll Elementary School* Merritt Island
Herbert C. Hoover Middle School* Indialantic
Quest Elementary School* Melbourne
Tropical Elementary School * Merritt Island
Imperial Estates Elementary School Titusville
Indialantic Elementary School* Indialantic
Meadowlane Intermediate School* West Melbourne
Surfside Elementary School Satellite Beach
Lockmar Elementary School* Palm Bay
Broward County Miramar High School* Miramar
Deerfield Beach Middle School Deerfield Beach
Florida Virtual Florida Virtual Global School* Orlando
Kamehameha Schools Kapälama Middle School* Honolulu
Kapälama High School* Honolulu
Hawaii High School Kea‘au
City Of Chicago School District #299 Byrne Elementary School Chicago
Falconer Elementary School* Chicago
Gray Elementary School* Chicago
Haines Elementary School* Chicago
Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy* Chicago
Washington G Elementary School* Chicago
Harrisburg C U School District #3 East Side Intermediate School* Harrisburg
Harrisburg Middle School* Harrisburg
West Side Primary School* Harrisburg
Fayette County School Corp Connersville Sr. High School Connersville
M S D Wayne Township Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center Indianapolis
Garden City Elementary School Indianapolis
Plymouth Community School Corporation Lincoln Junior High School* Plymouth
Plymouth High School* Plymouth
Riverside Intermediate School
Menominee Elementary School Plymouth
Scott County School District #2 Scottsburg Middle School Scottsburg
Smith-Green Community Schools Churubusco High School Churubusco
Tri-Creek School Corporation Lowell Middle School Lowell
Warsaw Community Schools Edgewood Middle School Warsaw
Eisenhower Elementary School Warsaw
Jefferson Elementary School Warsaw
Lakeview Middle School Warsaw
Leesburg Elementary School Warsaw
Madison Elementary School Warsaw
Warsaw Community High School Warsaw
Washington Elementary School Warsaw
Blue Valley Unified School District
Aubrey Bend Middle School Overland Park
Harmony Middle School Overland Park
Lakewood Middle School Overland Park
Overland Trail Middle School Leawood
Oxford Middle School Overland Park
Pleasant Ridge Middle School Stillwell
Prairie Star Middle School Overland Park
Baltimore City Public School System Digital Harbor High School* Baltimore
John Ruhrah Elementary School Baltimore
North Bend Elementary School Baltimore
Kearney R-1 Schools Kearney Junior High School* Kearney
Kearney Middle School Kearney
North Carolina
North Carolina Virtual Public School North Carolina Virtual Public School* Raleigh
Onslow County Schools Hunters Creek Middle School* Jacksonville
New Bridge Middle School* Jacksonville
Northwoods Park Middle School* Jacksonville
Trexler Middle School* Richlands
Berea City School District Berea High School Berea
Big Creek Elementary School Cleveland
Ford Middle School Brook Park
Frederick Roehm Middle School Berea
Medina City School District Claggett Middle School Medina
Eliza Northrup Elementary School Medina
Ella Canavan Elementary School Medina
Sidney Fenn Elementary School Medina
Shawnee Local School District Shawnee High School Lima
Shawnee Middle School Lima
Chambersburg Area School District Chambersburg Area Middle School South Chambersburg
Owen J Roberts School District East Vincent Elementary School Spring City
North Coventry Elementary School Pottstown
Owen J Roberts High School Pottstown
Owen J Roberts Middle School Pottstown
West Vincent Elementary School Chester Springs
Hawkins County School District Surgoinsville Middle School* Surgoinsville
Klein Independent Benignus Elementary School* Klein
Doerre Intermediate School* Klein
Greenwood Forest Elementary School* Houston
Klein Intermediate School* Houston
Klein Oak High School* Spring
Klenk Elementary School* Houston
Krimmel Intermediate School* Klein
Lemm Elementary School* Spring
Northhampton Elementary School* Spring
Schindewolf Intermediate School* Spring
Schultz Elementary School* Tomball
Strack Intermediate School* Klein
Theiss Elementary School* Klein
Ulrich Intermediate School* Houston
Wunderlich Intermediate School* Houston
Benfer Elementary School* Klein
Brill Elementary School* Klein
Ehrhardt Elementary School* Klein
Eiland Elementary School* Houston
Epps Island Elementary School Houston
Klein Forest High School* Houston
Metzler Elementary School Spring
Nitsch Elementary School* Houston
McAllen Independent Brown Middle School McAllen
Castaneda Elementary School McAllen
Cathey Middle School McAllen
Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary School McAllen
Fields Elementary School McAllen
Gonzalez Elementary School McAllen
McAllen High School McAllen
McAuliffe Elementary School McAllen
Roosevelt Elementary  School McAllen
Rowe High School McAllen
Weslaco Independent A N Rico Elementary School* Weslaco
Airport Elementary School* Weslaco
Central Middle School* Weslaco
Cleckler/Heald Elementary School* Weslaco
Dr R E Margo Elementary School* Weslaco
F D Roosevelt Elementary School* Weslaco
Mario Ybarra Elementary School* Weslaco
Memorial Elementary School* Weslaco
North Bridge Elementary School* Weslaco
Sam Houston Elementary School* Weslaco
Weslaco High School* Weslaco
Dr. Armando Cuellar Middle School Weslaco
Mary Hoge Middle School* Weslaco
Rodolfo Rudy Silva Jr. Elementary School* Weslaco
Weslaco East High School* Weslaco
Raul A Gonzalez Jr. Elementary School* Weslaco
Beatriz G Garza Middle School* Weslaco
Albemarle County Public Schools Jackson P. Burley Middle School Charlottesville
Joseph T. Henley Middle School Crozet
Monticello High School Charlottesville
Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle School Charlottesville
Western Albemarle High School Crozet
Arlington County Public Schools Taylor Elementary School* Arlington
Luxemburg-Casco Luxemburg-Casco Intermediate School* Luxemburg
Verona Area Badger Ridge Middle School Verona
Verona Area High School* Verona

Fun Fact Friday: Longitudinal Study of Beginning Teachers

Happy Friday to all Our Followers & Supporters!

If you joined us in Washington DC last night for A Celebration of 10 Years of Student Voices about Digital Learning, thank you! We had a great time celebrating with you, and we look forward to many more years of Speak Up to come!

Read a study from the National Center for Education Statistics

If you haven’t registered yet for Speak Up 2013, you may do so here. Surveys will be opening soon on October 2nd, and will run through December 20th!

For today’s Fun Fact Friday, we have a study for you concerning a longitudinal study of beginning teachers from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Nation-wide, there is a shortage of teachers, and more and more teachers are reaching retirement age. Project Tomorrow’s YouthTEACH2Learn program and the Future Educators Association of California work towards preparing the next great generation of teachers.

Read the study here, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Have a great weekend.

-The Project Tomorrow team

A Celebration of 10 Years of Student Voices about Digital Learning – 09/19 in Washington DC

At the emotional center of this digital conversion of our K-12 classrooms and schools has been the aspirations and ideas of our K-12 learners whose desires for a more social-based, un-tethered and digitally rich educational experience has changed forever the way we think about teaching and learning.
With the first Speak Up online survey in 2003, Project Tomorrow created a new national movement to recognize the value of K-12 student voices within education. Since then, over 2.5 million K-12 students (and over 500,000 teachers, administrators and parents) have shared their authentic, unfiltered views on the use of digital tools and resources through the annual Speak Up surveys, creating the largest collection of K-12 education stakeholder data. Over the past 10 years, the Speak Up data findings have been used regularly by federal, state and local policymakers to inform programs, plans and policies with a common goal in mind – improving educational opportunities for all students.
From the halls of Congress to school board meeting rooms all across the country, the Speak Up National Research Project has provided the catalyst for listening to the ideas of our nation’s most important clients of education, the students. Please join Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow and the Project Tomorrow Board of Directors to celebrate this 10 year legacy of impact and to applaud the partners and investors who have made Speak Up not only a national research asset, but an important strategic tool for schools and districts nationwide.
Your participation in this invitation only celebration would be most appreciated.
If you will be in or around the DC area and would like to attend, please respond to Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or 949-609-4660 x17 by Wednesday, September 18.

Julie Evans on Education Talk Radio – Tomorrow, 8/13

Julie Evans Will Be On Education Talk Radio!
Listen in Live Tomorrow, 9/13 at 9am Eastern
September 13th at 9am Eastern Time / 6am Pacific Time
Make sure to tune in and listen live herewww.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk
Julie will be speaking about Speak Up Surveys and more. Don’t miss out!
Have you registered for Speak Up 2013? Click here to do so!