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Speak Up Loud and Clear Recognizes Top Schools for Incorporating Student, Teacher, Parent, and School Administrator Ideas into Local Education Planning

Over two hundred schools and districts across the country were recognized for incorporating feedback from their students, educators, parents, and community as they develop strategic plans, make budgeting decisions, enhance their curriculum and determine professional development needs. Project Tomorrow®, a national education nonprofit, announced this year’s Speak Up Loud and Clear schools, a collection of the top K-12 schools that encourage and involve authentic student, parent, and educator ideas and views in education planning and decision-making. 
“I am very excited to announce the top schools in the country that demonstrated their commitment to listening to their stakeholders’ views on education and digital learning,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “The Speak Up Loud and Clear schools have done an excellent job of incorporating the views of students, parents, educators, and administrators in local decision-making. Each year, we strive to make progress in leveraging technology to enhance the educational experience for all involved in our schools across the nation, and this year’s Speak Up Loud and Clear schools prove this goal is possible.”
The schools were selected for this national distinction from over 30,000 schools nationwide that participated in the annual Speak Up surveys, collected by Project Tomorrow since 2003, in 2013. The Speak Up National Research Project collects K-12 student, parent and educator viewpoints on technology usage and 21st century aspirations through an annual online survey process, and shares that data with national, state, and local policymakers to improve education for all children. 
The schools selected for Speak Up Loud and Clear represent a broad range of educational institutions in rural, suburban, and urban communities. The complete list of Speak Up Loud and Clear recognized schools are highlighted on the Project Tomorrow website at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup-loud-clear.html.  
Based upon total participation and demonstrated commitment to engaging their stakeholders in local decisions on education issues, five school districts were recognized as Speak Up Loud and Clear top districts:
  • Klein Independent School District (Texas)
  • McAllen Independent School District (Texas)
  • Weslaco Independent School District (Texas)
  • Shelby County School District (Alabama)
  • Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia)
Project Tomorrow will promote this year’s Speak Up Loud and Clear schools’ distinction to the Congressional representative and state Governor of each Speak Up Loud and Clear school to demonstrate the power of educational innovation at the local level. The schools will also receive a unique Speak Up Loud and Clear logo to include on their school and district websites.  
Project Tomorrow has tapped into the expertise of this year’s Speak Up Loud and Clear schools to develop new questions for Speak Up 2014 which is open from October 6th through December 19th, 2014 for student, educator, parent input and more at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/. Additionally, their success stories are being shared with our partners and national policy organizations to inform national and regional education reform efforts.

Kick off to Speak Up 2014!

Speak Up 2014 is now open!

This year’s Speak Up annual surveys continue to pave new ground in education technology research by polling K-12 students, educators, administrators and parents about the use of mobile devices, online classes, games and digital content within learning. We listened to last year’s participants and have added new topics to our surveys to spark more conversation, such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), data privacy, student interest in programming and computing, and online assessments.
This newsletter is specifically dedicated to the launch of Speak Up 2014! Below, you’ll find all the information you need on what’s new for 2014:
Happy reading, and remember to Speak Up now through December 19th!
Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team


Speak Up 2014 is now open!

Help us collect valuable data by participating in Speak Up 2014

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Surveys will be open for input October 6th – December 19th, 2014 at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.
Instructions for completing the Speak Up survey
1. Go to the survey website (above).
2. Click on the appropriate survey (Student, Educator, Parent, Community member).
3. Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by entering your school zip or clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name to find your school.
4. Students will choose their grade level and enter in their school specific password*
5. Parents and Educators will NOT need the password to access the survey.
To learn more about the project and how to get involved, visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
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Speak Up Loud and Clear: Recognizing the Top Participating Schools and Districts based on Speak Up 2013 Participation

With the launch of Speak Up 2014, we would like to take this time to recognize the schools and districts that went above and beyond in their promotion and encouragement of participation to their students, parents and educators during last year’s Speak Up surveys! Thank you for making last year’s surveys such a success!
Last year 403,292 Students, Parents, Educators and members of the community representing over 9,000 schools nationwide participated in Speak Up 2013. Out of those over 9,000 schools, we have nominated a group of 250 schools that have gone above and beyond with their promotion creativity, outreach and use of data. Many of the nominated schools exceed over 80% student participation, allowing for an extremely rich dataset for schools to use in their own local planning and research.
For a complete list of the top school and districts, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup-loud-clear.html.
Speak Up Loud and Clear, formally known as Speak Up 200, is our annual recognition program that 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.

Get a look at this year’s survey questions!

We’ve made our survey questions available to view before Speak Up launches on October 6th. Click here to view the surveys, and be on the lookout for new topics and questions!

New topics include:

Blended learning
1:1 computing
Data privacy
Student self-directed learning
Ideal school mobile app
College and career readiness skills
And more!
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Speak Up has a new participant badge!

Wear this badge proudly as you display it on your website, your e-mails, your social media sites, blog, and more! Enjoy, and remember to get the rest of your community to Speak Up through December 19th, 2014!

Our Speak Up 2014 promotional materials are now available

Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your community! Check out our helpful flyers, guides, sample emails, and more at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html.

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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and 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.