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October 12, 2017

Speak Up 2017 Opens Next Week! – October 11, 2017 Speak Up News

From Wednesday’s inbox…


Speak Up News, October, 11 2017

Speak Up surveys for students, educators, parents and community open on Monday! Surveys will open on October 16th, and stay open until January 19, 2018. If you have not yet registered your school/district, get started today!

As always, if you have any questions, or need any additional promotional materials, please let us know!

Quick links:

Speak Up 2017 Opens Monday Be sure your school is registered and download promotional materials
Latest Speak Up Data & Infographics! eSchool News recently reported on our school-to-home communications findings. We also released data on the homework gap, flipped and blended learning, mobile devices and more!
10/18 STEAM Webcast Join Julie Evans for a discussion about what teachers, students and parents think of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, according to Speak Up findings
Designing a Dream School Dr. Mark Beadle wrote this guest post for our Speaking of Tomorrow blog with findings from Speak Up 2016
Check out the Speak Up recommendation from a tech coach in ISTE’s Empowered Learner

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up 2017 Opens Monday!

Speak Up is the research tool districts use to learn what students, educators, parents and the community have to say about education issues. This will be the 15th year Speak Up has supported education leaders in including the voices of their stakeholders in annual and long-term planning.

Educators from more than 30,000 schools have used Speak Up data to create and implement their vision for the next generation of learning. You can too!

Get registered!

Get started!

View & view the 2017 surveys today!

Speak Up will be open for stakeholder participation from October 16, 2017 through January 19, 2018. Data will be delivered to registered schools and districts in February 2018.

If you have any questions, please let us know!


Text, tweet, email, call—what do parents want in school communications?

From eSchool News:
“When it comes to school communications, parents today want more information from their children’s teachers and schools, but they also want that information to be timely, targeted, and personalized to their children or their interest areas.

“The latest data from Speak Up Research Project gives insights on school-to-home communications. In “Text, Twitter, Email, Call—What Do Parents Say About School Communications?” Dr. Julie Evans, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow, shared these insights from parents, educators, and administrators, and discussed takeaways from the research.”

Download the related infographic: School-to-Home Communications: Most effective tools for parent communications & engagement

Check out some of our other recent data releases! Then, be sure you are ready to participate in Speak Up 2017 so you can get YOUR school/district data for free!
Flipped, Blended, Virtual: New Classroom Models, Technology & Personalized
How America’s Schools are Addressing the Homework Gap: Speak Up 2016 Findings
Mobile Learning Snapshot 2017


STEAM Webcast with Julie Evans on Weds., Oct. 18th

STEAM Research from the Front Lines: The Impact of STEAM on Teachers, Students, Administrators and Parents

Join Julie Evans on October 18th at noonET/9amPT as she reveals new Speak Up data with a special focus on STEM and STEAM. How are STEM and STEAM impacting teachers? What do the students think about all of it? And what value do parents place on one of the biggest education pushes happening now: the integration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math across the curriculum? This one-hour event, hosted by David Nagel, will be packed with data and fresh insights for those looking to promote, support or even just get a handle on STEAM in their own schools.

Milton Hershey School

Designing a Dream School

We are asking students and adults about their vision of a dream school again on Speak Up 2017. Take a look back at the findings from 2016 in this guest blog post, Designing a Dream School, authored by Speak Up Advisory Council member, Dr. Mark Beadle of SevenStar:

“Laptops and Internet access share the top two spots in both the student and the school leaders’ dream schools….

“Some differences between what school leaders would have in a dream school and what students would have should be noted. School leaders ranked digital content, online tutors, tablets, media creation tools, and learning management systems much higher than students in their dream schools. Students ranked mobile apps, online videos, and digital games much higher in their dream school than did school leaders.”

The blog post includes a sortable table with findings from administrators and students.


Speak Up Recommendation

ISTE recently posed this question to members: What are your favorite resources to share with parents to explain any aspect of digital learning?

They shared some of the recommendations in October’s Empowered Learnermagazine.

We were thrilled to see this Speak Up recommendation from Nicole Zumpano, a technology coach in Chicago!

empowered learner quote

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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

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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