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Speak Up News – March 2015

Quick links:

▪ Announcing our first Congressional Briefing! Learn more about the date and details of our first briefing.
▪ Mobile Learning Week 2015: Catch up on UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week through Julie Evans’ takeaway blog posts.
▪ Flipped Learning Report: We teamed up with the Flipped Learning Network to create a whitepaper based on Speak Up 2014 data. 
▪ Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Learn how to create Future Ready schools through the Friday Institute’s upcoming MOOC. 
▪ Your survey results are now available! All Speak Up 2014 participants can access their school or district data.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans. 

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings

2015 Congressional Briefing

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00-1:30PM
Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
Washington, D.C.
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings. This is the first of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The April 30th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with students and educators. This year’s national report on the findings will be distributed to all attendees.
Click here to RSVP to attend the briefing; click here to request a copy of the report.
If your district is interested in having students participate in our student panel, please contact Lisa Chu at lchu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 12. If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext 17.
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Mobile Learning Week 2015

February 23-27 in Paris, France

Mobile Learning Week 2015 – hosted by UNESCOand UN Women – includes inspiring keynotes, plenary sessions, and a myriad of small, TedTalk like sessions on all kinds of topics related to girls, women, and mobile learning. This annual symposium spans the course of five days in Paris, France, and features 100+ speakers, 12 workshops, 80 presentations, and 1000+ participants from over 70 countries worldwide in order to explore the intersection of technology, education, and gender.
This week, Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans is in Paris to participate in two workshops. The first workshop, “Inspiring girls through games and coding: A hands-on exploration,” held by our friends at BrainPOP, focuses on girls’ interest in playing learning games, creating their own games, and learning how to code using mobile devices – with data provided by Speak Up. The second workshop, “Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Gender-sensitive Mobile Learning Projects within Educational Settings” was held by Julie herself, along with Dr. Kari Stubbs from BrainPOP, and addresses how to design mobile learning projects that are constructed with gender-sensitivity as well as cultural awareness. You can learn more about this workshop on our website.
Be a part of the experience by following Julie on Twitter (@JulieEvans_PT) for live updates. You can also read Julie’s daily takeaway blog posts – which feature recaps of each day of the symposium – on the Project Tomorrow blog.
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New Whitepaper from the Flipped Learning Network

Speak Up 2014 National Research Project Findings

Flipped Learning continues to trend for third year
To continue watching the Flipped Learning trend, for the third year in a row we have partnered with the Flipped Learning Network to ask specific questions on flipped learning in the Speak Up 2014 surveys. In this new whitepaper, the Flipped Learning Network focuses on data from teachers, librarians, building and district administrators, technology leaders and students regarding their use of videos in the classroom, digital content, and other flipped learning related experiences. Additionally, educators and administrators weighed in on professional development when learning how to flip a class. Students lent their voices on flipped learning, videos as homework, and how (and how often) they use learning and social media tools. To read the full report, click here.
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MOOC-Ed

Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools

March 2 – April 26

Learn more and register here
This Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) is designed for school and district leaders, and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Everyone involved in digital learning (also known as blended learning, e-learning and instructional technology) in a K-12 school or district is welcome to join the course.
This course will help you:

▪ Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools
▪ Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district
▪ Begin to develop a plan to achieve your digital learning goals.

The DLT MOOC-Ed consists of five units scheduled over eight weeks. Participants are invited to work in all the units or to select those that are most relevant to their personal learning goals. A certificate of completion to obtain CEUs is available for those who complete certain requirements. There is no cost for participating in the DLT MOOC-Ed.
Dr. Glenn Kleiman and Dr. Mary Ann Wolf are the program directors, with many others from school districts and other organizations throughout the country contributing to planning and facilitating the course.
Other MOOC-Ed courses currently open for registration include Learning Differences, Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning, Coaching Digital Learning, and Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations. More information about these courses can be found at mooc-ed.org.
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Your Speak Up data is now available!

If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of 2014, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say.
Click here to view your data, retrieve forgotten passwords, and more.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

The Road To TEACH
Wednesday, March 11
SXSWedu
The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
Tuesday, March 17
CoSN 2015 Annual Conference
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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 FacebookTwitterInstagram 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.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, Secondary Education Teachers’ Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Speak Up News, January 2015

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. This past survey period brought in record-breaking numbers, with a total of 521,861 surveys taken by 431,238 students, 44,299 teachers, 4,326 administrators, 35,342 parents, and 6,656 members of the community! Although Speak Up 2014 is over, we still have exciting news and events to look out for. Keep reading to learn more!
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…

▪ Speak Up 2014 data release: Your survey results are in and will be released on February 4th!
▪ Speak Up America winners: We are thrilled to announce the Speak Up America winners of classroom grants, conference registrations, and more!
▪ Making Learning Mobile: The results from our two-year-long study on mobile learning with Kajeet are in!
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans. 

Happy reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up 2014

Data will be released on February 4th!

Thank you to the 431,238 students, 44,299 teachers, 4,326 administrators, 35,342 parents, and 6,656 members of the community who participated in Speak Up 2014. We are thrilled to release the survey data on February 4th! Be on the lookout for more information closer to the release date. In the meantime, check out the preliminary data we pulled during Speak Up America week:

Preliminary data

Last month we pulled special snapshots of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, librarians and principals. Each day during Speak Up America Week we released a special video infographic on new Speak Up findings. Check out each snapshot below:
▪ Teachers
▪ Parents
▪ Students
▪ Librarians
▪ Principals
Click here to view all the snapshots.
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Speak Up America

Last month, over 85,000 students, parents, educators, administrators, and community members participated in Speak Up America 2014! In its second year, Speak Up America celebrated past and present participants with opportunities to win classroom grants, free conference registrations, and more. We are thrilled to announce the winners below:
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Photo and video challenge winners

Speak Up for America Photo Challenge Winners

▪ Hunters Creek Middle School from Onslow County, NC
▪ Southwood Elementary School from MSD of Wabash County, IN
▪ Martin Kellogg Middle School from Newington Public Schools, CT


Speak Up for America Video Challenge Winners

▪ Saint John XXIII Catholic School from Scottsdale, AZ
▪ Escola Antoni Gaudi from Barcelona, Spain

Conference registration winners

ISTE 2015 Conference and Expo

  • Shelby County School District, AL
  • Wake County Public School System, NC
TCEA 2015 Conference & Exposition

  • Mission Consolidated Independent School District, TX
CUE 2015 Annual Conference

  • Clark County Schools, NV 
  • Anaheim City School District, CA
NETA 2015 Spring Conference

  • Mullen Public Schools, NE
NCCE 2015 Conference

  • Lakeside High School from Nine Mile Falls School District, WA
BbWorld 2015

  • Klein ISD, TX
2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

  • Albemarle County Public Schools, VA

BrainPOP classroom certificate winners

▪ Bradie M Shrum Elementary from Salem Community Schools, IN
▪ Magma Ranch K-8 School from Florence Unified School District, AZ


Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in Speak Up America! Learn more about the week long event here.
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Making Learning Mobile

The Making Learning Mobile 2.0 study, sponsored by Kajeet with funding fromQualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative and Project Tomorrow, takes an in-depth look at the impact of 1-to-1 tablet implementation, including Internet access outside the classroom, with students from Chicago Public Schools. For the past two years, Project Tomorrow has worked with Kajeet to assess the impact of mobile devices on teaching and learning, and the results are in!

Results from the Making Learning Mobile study

▪ The school-issued tablet increased at-home Internet access for this cohort of students by 53%. This is especially significant given the persistence of the digital divide in home Internet access within our communities.
▪ The teachers felt more comfortable and assigned more reading and writing homework because the students had home Internet access. This resulted in increased reading and writing fluency, which is especially important for English Language Learners.
▪ 60% of the students agreed their reading increased because of their personal access to the tablet and the Internet; 60% noted they did more writing this school year than in previous years and that the tablet helped them improve their writing skills.

Interested in learning more? Download the report, and don’t miss our webinar with Kajeet on Wednesday, February 18th at 4pm EST – click here to register.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

8 Essentials for Mobile Learning
District leadership workshop
San Marcos, CA
Friday, January 23rd
Sneak Peek at Speak Up 2014 Findings
Marketing Boot Camp at TCEA
Austin, TX
Tuesday, February 3rd
The Current Pulse on Ed Tech
NASSP Conference
San Diego, CA
Friday, February 20th
Workshop: Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Gender-Sensitive Mobile Learning Projects in Educational Settings
UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week
Paris, France
Monday, February 23rd
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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 FacebookTwitterInstagramand 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.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, Secondary Education Teachers’ Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board.
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Speak Up News, October 2014

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Speak Up 2014 launches next Monday!

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Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project.
The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Surveys are open for input October 6th – December 19th, 2014 at:www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.
For additional information on the Speak Up surveys, including FAQs, promotional materials and more please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
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Register as your school or district’s primary contact for Speak Up

As the primary contact for your district, school or organization you will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey at your selected organizational level. In return, you will receive free, online access to your aggregated results with state and national comparisons in February 2015.

Benefits of being the primary contact

▪ Gain administrative access by assigning your school or district an administrative login password, which allows you to update school or district contact information, assign individual student survey passwords to schools, and more.
▪ View your school/district survey counts at any time, and view your data once it becomes available (administrative password is required to view data results).
▪ Ensure confidentiality of your surveys with your students by assigning a survey “secret password” for students to use to take the survey.
▪ Keep up to date on important updates during the survey process, such as participation numbers.

Click here to sign up as your school or district’s primary contact! All we need are your name, email address, an administrative organization login password (to view weekly survey counts and other important updates during the survey period), and a student survey password (secret word students will use to access the survey).
If you have any additional questions regarding speak up registration, please contact the Speak Team at speakup@tomorrow.org.
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Get a sneak peek of this year’s student survey questions before they launch on October 6th!

We’ve made our student survey questions available to view before Speak Up launches on October 6th. Click here to view the surveys for grades K-12, and check the website throughout the week as we update it to include more survey questions.

New topics include:

▪ Blended learning
▪ 1:1 computing
▪ BYOD
▪ Coding
▪ Data privacy
▪ Student self-directed learning
▪ Ideal school mobile app
▪ 21st Century skills
▪ And more!

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Speak Up has a new look!

We are happy to announce our new and improved banner for this year’s Speak Up survey! Be on the lookout for this banner when taking the survey:
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Speak Up on the Go!

Check out Julie Evans’s webinars from last month by clicking the titles below:
Engaging Students, Empowering Learning – New Roles for Digital Content and Games in the Classroom (BrainPOP)
In this webinar, Julie introduces a new white paper that highlights Speak Up research findings around teacher and student use of digital content and games for learning, and how administrators are increasingly supporting those efforts.
Engaging Parents’ Support for Emerging Technologies in the Classroom: Data Review and Discussion (Blackboard K-12)
Learn about new insights into the digital disconnect between students and educators, and stimulate conversations about how to effectively leverage new classroom models of innovation to drive both increased student achievement and teacher productivity.
As always, don’t forget to take the conversation online by mentioning @SpeakUpEdand @ProjectTomorrow on Twitter! Be on the lookout for more discussions regarding educational technology this month.
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! 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.

Speak Up News November 2013

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Happy November to all of our followers and supporters!

Thank you to all the participants that have already taken part in the Speak Up surveys! Since the launch of the survey over 70,000 Students, Educators, Parents and Community Members have shared their ideas about the use of technology in education. There is still plenty of time to get involved, surveys are open through December 20th, 2013!
In this e-newsletter, find out how you can get more involved with Speak Up this year:
  • New to Speak Up? Attend the upcoming Speak Up Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2013
  • Are you an organization serving students, parents, educators? You too can be part of the Speak Up Momentum
  • Calling all Members of the Education Community! Participate in Speak Up through our new Community Member and Business Leader Survey –open to anyone interested in sharing their thoughts on critical 21st century education and technology issues
  • Take the Survey. Learn more about how we use the Speak Up national data throughout the year and why your participation is important
  • Already taken the survey? Start spreading the word about the survey to your network of friends and family!
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us by commenting below or on Facebook and Twitter.
–The Project Tomorrow team
Click here to read online.
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Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2013

Powered by Blackboard Collaborate
Friday, November 15, 2013
8:00AM PT / 11:00 AM ET
Click here to register
Interested in participating in this year’s Speak Up surveys but want to learn more about it? Now’s your chance! Join Julie Evans CEO, Project Tomorrow for a 45 minute webinar next Friday to learn about key Speak Up findings from last year – and how your school or district can participate in Speak Up this year. Topics to be covered include:
What are some realities about ed tech in our schools today – from the perspective of students, parents, teachers & administrators?
Do we have a shared vision for digital learning?
Background Information on Speak Up and benefits of participation
How can your district participate in Speak Up 2013
Sound interesting? Register to attend this special webinar here or contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.
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Are you part of a community group, after school program, non-profit or association working with children, parents, educators or members of the community?

Interested in their use of technology? Get involved with Speak Up! Schools and districts are not the only participants collecting data from this valuable survey. Many organizations are using Speak Up data to help with their own planning. If you are interested in getting your organization involved, please contact Jenny Hostert on the Speak Up Team at jhostert@tomorrow.org.
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District leaders: Expand the scope of your Speak Up outreach and bring in the voices of your community members

You don’t have to be an educator or student to take the survey. The voices of your community members are important too!

This year, for the first time we are providing a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members and homeowners without children in the local schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness. Additionally, both parents and community members will also be asked about their awareness of the new Common Core State Standards, and the sources, both digital and non-digital, of their information about the new standards. Now’s your chance to get these important stakeholders involved!
Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning.

Community members: Take the survey todaywww.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013.

Share your thoughts and views on the importance of education within your community and specifically, the role of technology in preparing today’s youth with the skills they need to be successful in the future. All community members will access the survey through a school in their local community. Look up a school via zip or state and school name.
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Your Participation in Speak Up is Important!

Together, let’s work towards leveraging technology to promote enhanced learning in our K-12 schools.

Speak Up 2012 had an amazing turn out last year with over 466,000 total surveys submitted from over 2,400 districts nationwide! In addition to all the great success stories we’ve heard from schools and districts utilizing their local participant data for their planning, Project Tomorrow has also been very busy sharing the national data results at the local, state and national level. Over the past year our CEO Julie Evans has presented the Speak Up findings in over 60 conference and webinar presentations and has released 6 written reports (2 at Congressional Briefings held in Washington DC) all of which are available for download on our website. Geared with Speak Up data, Julie also just recently met with the FCC to discuss their changes to the Erate rules, read more about this here. As you can see, you and your K-12 community’s participation are truly making a difference! Let’s do it again this year, and aim for over 500,000 surveys!!!
It’s quick and easy to get involved in Speak Up, to take the survey follow these 5 simple steps:
  1. Go to this link: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
  2. Click on the appropriate survey button
  3. Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by entering in your zip code or clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name (community members select a school within your local community)
  4. Students will be required to enter in a survey password “secret word”. Educators, parents and community members are not required to enter in a survey password. Primary contacts will assign an organization specific password for their students during the primary contact registration process. Click here to register as the primary contact.
  5. Complete the survey by December 20th, 2013
Not sure which survey to take? Visit our Tips on Deciding which Survey to Take, to help you select the survey that best meets your needs.http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/TipsDeciding.aspx
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Promote the survey to your network of friends and family

Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your network of friends and family. Have a friend that is an educator? A parent? A current K-12 student? Member of the community interested in schools? Send them the link to the survey. Word of mouth is always the best promotion, help us expand our reach!

Sample Tweets:

Participate in Speak Up and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning: bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet this!
Members of the K-12 Community share your opinions about the role of technology in education http://ow.ly/i/3DtvA >>> Tweet This!
Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your community! Share this speak up flyer http://ow.ly/pKgPM>>> Tweet this!
Ensure that the voices of your stakeholders are being heard in Washington DC and your state capitol. Be part of a solution! @speakuped >>> Tweet This!
Join @SpeakUpEd and 3 million students, parents, teachers, and admins who have participated since 2003 register now, bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet This!
Share your opinions about the role of technology in education, open 10/2-12/20, 2013 at http://bit.ly/SU13survey @speakuped >>> Tweet This!
Get the pulse of what’s happening in your school (or district) & benchmark it with national results http://bit.ly/SU13survey @speakuped >>> Tweet This!
There’s still time to experience the value of #SpeakUp by collecting &using the data to garner support for your key technology initiatives! >>> Tweet This!

Sample Emails

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Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, over 3 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.
Take the survey today at www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013 to share your thoughts and views on the importance of education within your community and specifically, the role of technology in preparing today’s youth with the skills they need to be successful in the future. Surveys are open to students, educators, parents, educators and members of the community. All community members will access the survey through a school in their local community. You can look up a school via zip or state and school name.
Project Tomorrow is a national education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving science, math and technology education in our schools. For more information on the Speak Up National Research project please visit Project Tomorrow’s website at www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
Teachers:
Educators participate in Speak Up, a National Research Project, and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning. Since 2003, over 3 million students, educators and parents have participated in Speak Up! Now’s your chance to join in on the conversation— the online surveys are open through Dec. 20th. It’s quick and easy to get involved! To take the survey, visithttp://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
Parents:
Parents Speak Up – Your ideas are important to us!
Open through December 20, 2013 athttp://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/
Be a part of the conversation! Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)’s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of over 3 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.
The online survey is open to students, educators, parents and members of the community; it’s quick and easy to get involved. To take the survey visit:http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/ and click the yellow parents enter here button!
Also encourage your local schools and district to get involved.
Every participating school and district receives free online access to their own participant data in February 2014. Speak Up provides your schools and districts with state and national data for benchmarking that can be used to for grant writing, ed tech plans, budgets, professional development and community engagement. Please share this sample intro email/flyer with your local school & district administrators.
For additional promotional material to spread awareness, please visit our promotional material page at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html
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Thank you for your interest and continued support in Speak Up! We look forward to your participation in Speak Up 2013! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitter and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.
Jenny Hostert
Speak Up Operations Manager
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Congratulations to our 2013 Speak Up Heroes!

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Hello to all of our Project Tomorrow supporters and Happy Friday! We hope the month of October has treated you all well. Exciting events are on the horizon here at Project Tomorrow.

In this blog post, you will find information regarding…

  1. Our Speak Up Heroes
  2. This Year’s Speak Up 200 Cohort
  3. The Launch of Speak Up 2013
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, as well as comment below!
-The Project Tomorrow team
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Speak Up Hero Awards

10 years of Speak Up Surveys 2003-2013

These special recognitions applaud the extraordinary support for Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up surveys provided by a few companies and organizations over the past 10 years.
The awards were announced at the Celebration of 10 Years of Student Voices about Digital Learning event at Haworth Inc. in Washington, D.C. on September 19th, 2013.
The following organizations were honored as Speak Up Heroes:
US Department of Education’s Office of Technology
State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)
Blackboard Inc.
SMART Technologies
The Jon Bernstein Strategy Group
To learn more about these organizations, and how they have been strong advocates and supporters of Speak Up and Project Tomorrow over the years, please visit our special Speak Up Heroes page:http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU_heroes_2013.html.

We will also be doing a follow up feature next week! So make sure to check back!

Congratulations to our 2013 Speak Up Heroes!

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Speak Up 200 Schools—based on 2012 Participation

For full list of schools please click here.

With Speak Up 2013 in full swing, we wanted to take this time to thank our past Speak Up participants! We greatly appreciate all the support and encouragement that went in to making Speak Up 2012 such a success, without you Speak Up would not be possible!
To honor top participating schools and districts, each year Project Tomorrow nominates the top 200 Speak Up schools for our Speak Up 200 recognition program based on total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up, and use of data in local decision making. The schools selected for Speak Up 200 represent a broad range of educational institutions in rural, suburban and urban communities. The complete list of Speak Up 200 recognized schools are highlighted on the Project Tomorrow website at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_200.html.
To read more about this year’s Speak Up 200 schools, please check out the Press Release.
Based upon total participation and demonstrated commitment to engaging their stakeholders in local decisions on education issues, five school districts were also recognized for special distinctions. 
Top 5 Speak Up 2012 school districts (based on total participation):
Klein ISD (Texas)
Shelby County School District (Alabama)
Weslaco ISD (Texas)
McAllen ISD (Texas)
Richardson ISD (Texas)
Additionally this year, all of our Speak Up 200 schools will have the opportunity to download a special Gold, Silver, or Bronze badge to place on websites, social media outlets, e-mails, blogs, and more. To download your unique badge, click here.

Congratulations to our Speak Up 200 Schools!

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Speak Up 2013

Speak Up 2013 is open for input now through December 20th!

Click here to take the survey today!

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators, parents and new this year community members. It’s quick and easy to get involved!
To take the survey follow the instructions below:
  1. Go to www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
  2. Select the appropriate survey (Click here for tips on deciding which survey to take)
  3. Select your state
  4. Enter your school nameif a member of the community please select a local school or enter in your zip code to select a school to take the survey under.
  5. Complete the survey before Dec. 20th! Please be sure to share with your network of friends and family!
*Students will be required to enter in the secret word to access the survey.
Register as the primary contact of your school or district (at the link above) to manage your information and assign a student survey password to ensure confidentiality– all students will need to enter in the secret word to take the survey. As the primary contact for your district, school or organization you will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey at your selected organizational level. In return, you will receive free, online access to your aggregated results with state and national comparisons in February 2014.
Our helpful and handy promotional materials are here to help you spread the word about Speak Up to your school/district’s students, parents, teachers, administrators, community partners, and more! View our full list here.
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Together, let’s work together to leverage technology to promote better learning for our students nation wide!
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Don’t forget to Speak Up now through December 20th!

Questions? Contact us at speakup@tomorrow.org