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April 4, 2017

Speak Up News – April 2017

And another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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Speak Up News – April 2017

Happy April! As the school year continues, we wanted to keep you updated on our spring events and opportunities. Keep reading to learn more about our upcoming presentations, recent infographics, Speak Up family updates, and other Project Tomorrow programs.

Speak Up 2016 school and district contacts: Last week we sent out a reminder to take our Speak Up 2016 feedback survey. If you have not received the link to the feedback survey, please let us know by contacting Lisa Chu at

Quick links:

Speak Up at CoSN 2017: Heading to CoSN 2017 this week? Don’t miss our session on leadership for digital learning around the world.
Special release of CA 2016 data: Last month we released a special snapshot of our Speak Up 2016 CA data at CUE 2017.
Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up: Interested in our Tomorrow’s Teachers survey? Check out a 30-minute info webinar this week.
Speak Up International: Our special Speak Up survey for international school administrators, staff and students.
Educators Rising California: Check out the latest press release from Project Tomorrow’s program for future educators!

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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Speak Up at CoSN 2017

Leadership for Digital Learning Near and Far – The View from International Schools

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 2PM in Chicago, IL

Heading to CoSN 2017 this week? If so, don’t miss Julie Evans’ session about leadership for digital learning! Check out the description below, and give us a shout out on Twitter if you’ll be there.

Description: Effective leadership practices are not limited by the world map. This session reflects that reality by examining how digital learning leadership is exemplified in international schools, and how those best practices can enlighten our audience about their own leadership development as it applies to supporting a digital leap and education equity. Research collected via the Speak Up Project in 2016 and 2017 from students, teachers and administrators in international schools worldwide serves as the foundation for understanding how digital learning is implemented in international schools and what that usage tells us about the leadership practices in place. Building upon that foundation, a panel of technology leaders from international schools (virtually) and US schools (at the conference) will reflect and compare their challenges and approaches to digital leadership. Topics of discussion include supporting instructional goals, communications and data management, engagement with stakeholder groups and strategic planning for connectivity.


Students’ perceptions of school vs. learning – not the same thing!

Special release of Speak Up 2016 California data at CUE 2017

Last month we released a special infographic at CUE 2017 featuring California’s Speak Up 2016 results. Here’s a selection of our key findings:

While 1/3 of students in middle schools and high schools in California admit that they are bored at school, 75% are regularly sourcing and watching online videos outside of school, on their own, to learn about things that interest them.
Just 8% of teachers say that they assign digital homework daily or almost daily. 18% of teachers say that they assign digital homework at least weekly.
40% of California middle school students say they are using the Internet daily to complete homework
Students are using the Internet to support school-based learning at almost 4 times the rate in which teachers say they are assigning those types of activities.

To read our full recap of California’s results, visit our blog and download our infographic.

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Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up Webinars

30-minute intro webinars on April 6

Considering registering your program or university to participate in Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up, but have a few questions? Please join one of our upcoming informational webinars! If you are involved with AACTE or CAEP, please join one of the following 30-minute webinars so you can get your questions answered about the research project and free service.

Register via these links:

Project Tomorrow webinar for AACTE, Thursday, April 6 at 11amET/8amPT:
Project Tomorrow webinar for CAEP, Thursday, April 6 at 3pmET/12pmPT:

About 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.

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!

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


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.

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:


Educators Rising California Spotlight

Students from Canyon and Century High Schools Win 2017 Educators Rising California Competitions

This year, Project Tomorrow’s Educators Rising California students entered the organization’s annual competitions in the Children’s Literature K-3, Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM and Creative Lecture categories. We are excited to announce the winners of each category:

Children’s Literature K-3
1st place: Samantha Lee from Canyon High School (Book title: “Do You Want a Colored Ear?”)

Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM
1st Place: Noor Alomair, Sarah Downey, Libby Schmid, Claudia Vidal, and Andrew Woolfrey from Canyon High School (Lesson plan: “Window into the Solar System”)

Creative Lecture
1st Place: Luis Diaz from Century High School

The top finishers are also eligible to compete in the national Educators Rising competition this summer. To view our full list of winners and to learn more about Educators Rising California, please click on the button 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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