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January 20, 2017

Only Two Weeks Left To Speak Up!

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Take the Speak Up survey by January 27th!

As the end of Speak Up 2016 approaches, we’d like to thank the 478,000+ students, parents, educators, administrators, and members of the community who have taken the survey! With less than two weeks left to participate, please visit to take the survey (if you have not done so already) and/or pass it on to your colleagues by January 27th. Speak Up is open to everyone – please don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to participate via our general survey for community members.

Although the survey period is almost over, we still have exciting announcements and updates in store!


Speak Up America Update

Congratulations to our prize winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Speak Up America from November 7-11and December 5-9! We are excited to officially announce our free conference registration and photo/video challenge winners later this month. In the meantime, check out a preview of our prize winners and help us congratulate them:

National conference registrations

AASLNational Conference & Exhibition – El Paso ISD, TX
National Conference on Education (AASA) – Prince Georges County Public Schools, VA
ISTE 2017 Conference and Expo – Blue Valley, Kansas

Regional conference registrations

CETPA – Del Mar Union Elementary School District, CA
CUE – Central Union High, CA
Lead3 (from CUE) – Anaheim Elementary School District, CA
TCEA – Weslaco ISD, TX
NCCE – Lopez School District, WA
MassCUE – Seekonk Public Schools, MA
METC – St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, MO

Sampson County Schools  NC
Madison Cross Roads  Madison County  AL
Oostburg Schools  WI

Video and Photo Challenges

Video challenge winners:

Boone Trail Elementary, NC
Eastside Elementary, IN

Photo challenge winners:

Union Intermediate School, Sampson County, NC
Madison Cross Road, Madison County, AL
Oostburg Schools, WI

Congratulations again to all of our winners! Stay tuned to view our full list in the upcoming weeks.


Use Speak Up as a free tool to gather LCAP stakeholder input

In California, a local control funding formula (LCFF) establishes base, supplemental, and concentration grants for all school districts and charter schools in place of previously existing K–12 funding streams, including revenue limits, general purpose block grants, and most of the 50-plus state categorical programs that existed before 2013. As part of the LCFF, school districts, COEs, and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

We learned that Ramona Unified School District has been using Speak Up to help them create and maintain their LCAP. Click on the link below to learn how.

Are you using Speak Up for your LCAP plans or something similar in your state? Let us know!


Empowering Student Voices: Speak Up Loud and Clear school spotlight

The College School (TCS), Delaware

Each year, we highlight schools that are effectively incorporating Speak Up data into their local decision-making through our Speak Up Loud and Clear recognition program. Our Speak Up Loud and Clear schools are selected based on total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up, and use of data in local decision making.

Last year, we were honored to recognize the College School, located on the Children’s Campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development.

Laura Dougherty, TCS director, shared how they empower students inside the classroom and out, giving them a voice in issues that are personally relevant. “Our teachers encourage this by valuing student thoughts and opinions and providing opportunities to engage in discussions and activities related to topics of great interest,” she said. “That is an important part of self-advocacy and helping students become engaged citizens.”

TCS has been contributing to this survey for 10 years, fostering engagement through a variety of initiatives. Students complete the survey during their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes. Parents are encouraged to participate through emails or an on-site participation in November. And alumni give their inputs via the school Facebook page.

To learn more about the College School and its work with Speak Up, please click here.

We want to hear your story! Please share your school/district Speak Up story with us through the link below.


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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