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December 3, 2016

Speak Up News – December 2016

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Speak Up News – December 2016

Speak Up America starts again next week! Our annual campaign will run for a second time from December 5-9, which means more opportunities to win conference registrations, classroom/school grants, and more! Keep reading to learn more about our extended campaign, our preliminary data reports, and our general Speak Up announcements.

Quick links:

Have YOU taken the survey yet? Take 15 minutes to Speak Up!
Speak Up America: The second round of our Speak Up America campaign starts on Monday, December 5th. Each survey completed this week qualifies schools/districts to win great conference registrations!
Preliminary data coming soon! Stay tuned to view your preliminary data to see where your school(s) stand.
There is still plenty of time to participate! Speak Up is open through January 13.
Speak Up Appreciation Week: Join us in January for more chances to win prizes!

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


Have YOU taken the survey yet?

If not, take 15 minutes now to Speak Up! (Even if your school/district has not yet decided to participate, you can still add your voice to the national findings.)


Speak Up America 2016

Second round begins on Monday, December 5th

Speak Up America, a campaign that celebrates past, present, and new Speak Up participants, will run again from December 5-9, 2016! This event features Speak Up 2016 preliminary data snapshots, recognition of top participants and even more opportunities to win free conference registrations and multiple chances to receive a classroom or school grant!

Check out the events below:

Photo and Video Challenge

Our annual Speak Up America Photo and Video Challenges are as popular as ever, with five opportunities to win a $200 classroom/school grant!

In order to enter the challenge, take a picture with the Speak Up 2016 participant badge or film a 15-30 second video explaining to the next President why using technology for learning is important. Post your entry Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Youtube (or by email to with the hashtag #SpeakUpsnapshot (photo challenge) or #VoicesofSpeakUp (video challenge).

Winners will be selected from entries submitted November 7th to December 9th! We will also select one overall photo winner at the end of the survey period in January. Lots of opportunities to show your Speak Up spirit!

We have received several submissions so far! Click here to view our current photo submissions and click here to view our current video submissions. Thank you to all who have participated so far – you still have time to get your entries in!

Free National and Regional Conference Registrations

Thanks to our good friends at AASL, AASA, Blackboard, CETPA, CoSN, CUE, ICE, iNACOL, ISTE, MASCCUE, METC, NCCE, NETA, NASSP, and TCEA, we are giving away free conference registrations to a few lucky districts! We will randomly select winners for each registration from schools and districts who submit the most surveys during Speak Up America! Good luck!

Preliminary data

We’ll be releasing our preliminary data snapshots throughout next week! Check our Speak Up America page starting on Monday, December 5 to view snippets of the data we’ve collected since October.

Your preliminary school/district data will be available soon! Look out for an email from us in the upcoming week about how you can access this data.


There is still time to take the survey!

Surveys open through January 13, 2017

With winter break approaching, we just want to remind everyone that there is still plenty of time to participate in Speak Up 2016. If you have not taken the survey yet, be sure to do so by January 13, 2017 at

We suggest picking a day or week before winter break to have your school(s) take the survey. Speak Up makes the perfect classroom activity before the holidays – we have sample lesson plans available on our website at Please feel free to use and edit our lesson plans for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-12 as needed!


Speak Up Appreciation Week

Save the date: January 9th – 11th, 2017

We are excited to announce our first ever Speak Up Appreciation Week! Our first ever event will take place from January 9th-11th.

It’s not too early to start planning! We will release details soon, but there will be more chances to win prizes and to show your Speak Up spirit! Be sure to take photos of your school marquees with Speak Up messages and screen shots of your website/online promotions! Stay tuned!


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, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone Education, 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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