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March 8, 2017

New from Speak Up: Next Generation of Teachers & International Schools

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New from Speak Up: Next Generation of Teachers & International Schools

The Speak Up family continues to grow! Speak Up opportunities for future teachers and international schools are now open. If you know pre-service teachers or work with any teacher prep programs, please spread the word about our Tomorrows Teachers Speak Up survey. Similarly, if you are a part of an international school or know of any international schools who may be interested in our Speak Up International survey, please help us spread the word. To learn more, keep reading this newsletter or reach out to us at SpeakUp@tomorrow.org.

Quick links:

Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up! A unique opportunity for America’s next generation of teachers to “speak up” about how they want to use technology in their future K-12 classrooms..
Speak Up International: Our special Speak Up survey for international school administrators, staff and students.
Calling all CUE 2017 attendees!Don’t miss this special workshop from ProjectTomorrow and BrainPOP.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up!

Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up is a unique opportunity for America’s next generation of teachers to “speak up” about how they want to use technology in their future K-12 classrooms. Each year, more principals tell us they are looking for new teachers to start with a particular set of technology skills. Project Tomorrow wants to know how the next generation of teachers is preparing for that challenge, and what this incoming cohort is expecting when it comes to technology in their new classrooms.

The national data findings will be used to inform national policies on technology use in education, teacher preparation programs and K-12 school and district leaders on the aspirations of tomorrow’s teachers.

Participation is open to all students in teacher preparation programs both at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as career changers in special programs, regardless of prior student teaching experience.

Online surveys are open for input until May 1, 2017. Students can click here to take the 20-minute survey!

Colleges, universities and programs that promote the surveys to their students will receive a free online report with the national data findings as well as their institutional results. Register your institutional contact today to get started.

Help us spread the word about this project to pre-service teachers and to teacher prep programs!

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Speak Up (Goes) International

Project Tomorrow is conducting a research project highlighting international school exemplars in the use of technology within education.

We are seeking international school administrators, staff and students to participate in a 20-minute online survey to share perspectives and insights on the benefits and challenges associated with digital learning. Participation is open to all international schools where instruction is primarily in English.

Just like Speak Up for K-12 schools, registered international schools will receive a copy of the Speak Up International findings along with their own institutional data.

Speak Up International is designed help school administrations learn:

What sorts of digital learning experiences students are looking for.
What types of professional development teachers are getting, and what they are looking for.
How their teachers compare to other international school teachers.
And more!

Participation is open until April 30, 2017. Registered international schools will receive their local data – for free – in June.

Interested administrators can start by taking the survey themselves: http://www.speakup4schools.org/international/

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Making Critical Thinking Real with Digital Content

CUE 2017

Thursday, March 16
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Calling all CUE 2017 attendees! Don’t miss this special workshop from Dr. Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow) and Dr. Kari Stubbs (BrainPOP). Check out the details below:

Let’s get digital with critical thinking. Using art, science and civics as the context, this workshop examines new digital content for developing and measuring critical thinking skill development.

This workshop is designed to take the conceptual understanding of critical thinking to a more practical reality. Grounded in several key research studies about employers’ expectations and educators’ challenges in this area (including the Speak Up National Research from Project Tomorrow) the workshop will use innovative digital content and games to demonstrate how students can effectively develop problem solving muscles, and how teachers can measure student competencies in those areas at the same time. Using the timely and relevant fields of arts expression, science exploration and civic responsibilities as the context, educators will learn about new ideas and personally test drive new tools and strategies for developing and measuring critical thinking skills with elementary and middle school students.

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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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at LChu@tomorrow.org 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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