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September 24, 2016

Speak Up News – Welcome Back To School!

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Speak Up News – Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school! With Speak Up 2016 less than one month away, now is the perfect time to get ready and start promoting this year’s survey to your school(s)! We are excited to share a variety of tools with you in order to help you do so – including webinars, tips from previous participants, sample promotional materials, and more.

We look forward to working with you in this fall!

Quick links:

Speak Up 2016: Speak Up 2016: Sign up to take part in our annual survey from October 12 – December 16, 2016. Get FREE data for your school/district!
Promotional materials: Start promoting the survey to your school(s) by downloading our materials.
Speak Up Introduction & Tips Webinars: Get ready for this year’s survey through two of our introduction webinars.
Speak Up Loud and Clear: Congratulations to our Speak Up 2015 top participating schools and districts!
What’s your Speak Up story? Share your Speak Up survey experiences with us!
Speak Up at AASL: Heading to this year’s AASL Gaming Conference? Don’t miss Julie Evans as the keynote speaker!
Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series: Don’t miss Julie’s second webinar with Blackboard’s fall series!

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


There is still time to register for Speak Up 2016!

Surveys run from October 12 – December 16, 2016

Is your school or district’s main contact information up-to-date? Register your school or district for the 2016 surveys at Remember, registration and participation is FREE! Contribute to our national research project and inform your work at the same time!

Registration also includes access to free promotional materials and helpfulwebinars in the beginning of the school year.

If you are a returning school or district contact, you can automatically register for Speak Up 2016 by logging in with last year’s contact information. Click here to visit the administrator log in page.


Speak Up 2016 promotional materials are now available!

With Speak Up 2016 less than one month away, now is the perfect time to start promoting the survey to your school(s!) Click here to download promotional flyers, emails, tweets, and more! We also have our welcome packet available, which is great to have on hand in case you need information about Speak Up on the go. Feel free to change any of our text to better fit your needs as well!


Speak Up 2016: Introduction & Tips

Speak Up is less than a month away! Join Julie Evans (and some special guests) for a webinar for anyone new to Speak Up, anyone still considering getting involved and anyone who just needs a refresher ahead of this fall’s surveys.

Julie will cover the following topics:
* Overview of Speak Up 2016
* What’s new for 2016
* Why schools and districts participate
* How to get started
* How to promote and boost participation
* How schools will access data
* And, more!

Join us on Tuesday, September 27th at 3pm ET/12pm PT OR on Thursday October 6th at 1pm ET/10am PT.

We’ll be live and we welcome your questions during the webinar!

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Congratulations to our Speak Up 2015 top participating schools and districts!

Speak Up Loud and Clear

Last year, more than 505,000 students, parents, educators and members of the community from more than 7,800 schools nationwide participated in Speak Up 2015. Out of those schools, we have selected a group of more than 200 schools to be recognized for their dedication to incorporating stakeholder voices, promotion of the survey project and use of data. Many of these schools exceeded 80% student participation, allowing for an extremely rich dataset for schools to use in their own local planning and research.

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 for this year:

▪ Klein ISD (TX)
▪ Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)
▪ Brevard County School District (FL)
▪ Weslaco ISD (TX)
▪ El Paso ISD (TX)

Click here to view this year’s recognized participants. Congratulations again to our Speak Up Loud and Clear schools and districts!


Why participate in Speak Up?

Here’s what superintendents told us:

This summer, we recognized 20 school districts and their superintendents for their exceptional participation in the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning.

As you prepare for Speak Up 2016, we wanted to share some of what they told us about why they participate! Visit our blog to read our full list of quotes.

“East Noble School Corporation continues to find the Speak Up Survey to be a valuable tool used to measure our progress with technology use, instructional integration, and overall effectiveness. Having the ability to annually match stakeholder perception to district perception creates an invaluable reality check that leads to instructional growth and improved outcomes.” – Ann Linson, East Noble School Corporation, Indiana

Share your story!

We want to know why you Speak Up! Share your Speak Up story with us about how you use the data, how you’ve promoted the survey, why others should participate, and whatever else you would like to share. Click here to visit our testimonials page.

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Speak Up at the AASL Gaming Conference

Don’t miss Julie Evans’ keynote session!

Friday, September 23
Attention AASL members! Are you at this year’s AASL Gaming As Meaningful Education Conference in Rochester, NY from September 23-24? If so, don’t miss Julie Evans’ keynote session about harnessing the power of digital learning with gaming, featuring our Speak Up data on games and digital content.

GAME Infographic Poster

Our friends at AASL have created an infographic for the conference, featuring Speak Up gaming data from throughout the years! Click here to download the infographic.

For more on gaming data, download our Speak Up 2015 report, From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulations within K-12 education, here.


Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

Our friends at Blackboard are hosting their Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series this fall, featuring an upcoming webinar with Julie Evans! Check it out below:

Survey Reveals the Impact of Digital Tools on K-12 Communications

September 29, 2pm EST
In this webinar, Dr. Julie Evans will share the results from Project Tomorrow’s first ever Speak Up survey of K-12 communications officers. Findings reveal emerging digital tools, those tools’ perceived value, and their tangible results on engagement. Additional parent research on communication preferences and expectations will also be shared.


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 me at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 12.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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