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June 22, 2019

Speak Up 2018-19 Recap

And another newsletter from late last week.


Speak Up 2018-19 Recap

As we get closer to wrapping up this year’s Speak Up survey (survey closes at the end of the month), we wanted to share with you some of our upcoming summer opportunities as well as provide you with a recap of some of the major changes that took place this year and keep you up to date on what’s to come this next academic year! Thank you again for your support of Speak Up and we look forward to working with you again in the Fall!

Quick links:

Join us at SETDA ETLF 2019 Dr. Evans will be presenting tools and resources to SETDA members at this year’s forum.
Attending ISTE 2019?! Join one of Dr. Evans sessions!
Speak Up 2018-19 Tools and Resources Recap
In case you missed it Learn how to view your data and read 2018 published reports!

We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team


Join us at SETDA Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum (ETLF)

Philadelphia, PA

June 21-June 24, 2019


This weekend is full of potential learning opportunities! Our CEO, Dr. Julie A. Evans will be attending the SETDA Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum in Philadelphia June 20-June 24, 2019 and we wanted to share with you all the resources she will be bringing!

Dr. Evans will be hosting a breakout session on Saturday, June 22nd- Screen Time vs. Personalized Learning: what education leaders need to know today to create community responsive messaging around digital learning. She will be hosting a round table on Sunday, June 23rd Leveraging Data to Take Digital Learning in Your State to the Next Level. Click here for SETDA ETLF 2019 details and much more!

We would love the opportunity to discuss potential partnerships, please let me know if you would be interested in setting up some time to connect during the forum!

Learn more about all SETDA here.


Attending ISTE 2019?!

Philadelphia, PA

June 23-26, 2019


Join Dr. Julie A. Evans during her engaging sessions:

Coding in K-8 Classrooms: Empowering Creativity Everyday
Monday, June 24, 8:30–9:30 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Let’s get beyond the coding hype! In this hands-on session, we’ll leverage the Speak Up national results to dive deeply into how learning coding enables students to develop creative skills and become content creators. Using real tools, we’ll explore what educators need to infuse coding into K-8 curriculum.

Too Much Screen Time – Fake News or Real Parental Concern?
Monday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Education leaders are perplexed by parents’ views on technology use: parents worry about too much screen time but say digital learning is important. This session will unpack current research on parents’ views and provide K-12 leaders with insights to address screen time concerns with effective messaging and real data.

About the ISTE Conference & Expo
The ISTE Conference & Expo is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. For more than three decades, educators and education leaders have gathered at the ISTE conference to engage in hands-on learning, exchange ideas and network with like-minded thinkers seeking to transform learning and teaching.

The annual event attracts over 16,000 attendees and industry representatives, including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policymakers. Attendees also enjoy world-class keynotes, hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats and a massive expo hall.

Click here for ISTE 2019 details


Speak Up 2018-19 Tools Recap

This year we launched a variety of new tools to improve your experience participating and conducting the Speak Up survey process. Here is a recap of tools you can take advantage of during the 2019-20 academic year.

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No timeline or deadlines, Speak Up is open through the academic school year.
That is right, we have lifted the Speak Up deadlines; this means you and your school/district can plan accordingly and set up your own schedule. The surveys will be open year-round. Partner with us to create a timeline that best fits your schedule.

Customization and personalization of Speak Up data collection tools.
We want to make sure you can customize the tools that you need in order to collect the data you want from your stakeholders. Here are three ways you can collect data.

1. Speak Up 360 – Annual, comprehensive feedback tool to learn about the views of education stakeholders. Speak Up 360 provides education leaders with tools to collect and analyze longitudinal data around multiple themes and from a variety of audiences to support both short- and long-term planning and decision-making.
2. Speak Up Snapshots – Data collection tools focused on particularly timely topics of interest to education leaders. For this year, the focus is on the impact of mobile learning initiatives and the professional learning experiences and aspirations of teachers.
3. Speak Up Flash Indicators – Short 5-question surveys on hot topics in education aimed to collect indicator data to inform current initiatives or decisions. This year’s hot topics include school-to-home communications, school safety, and digital citizenship.

Speak Up Intelligence Guides
This new solution has been developed to help you understand and present your data in the best manner. It is important that you have the tools to be able to identify questions and set up actionable items based on your feedback. We will provide the framework for you using actionable knowledge, throughout the years we are able to help you translate your data with context and experience. If you would like to receive a copy of our Speak Up intelligence guides, please sign up here to be notified when they are released.

Speak Up Cohort
Modeled after a successful Speak Up cohort model in Kentucky, we are excited to introduce this new idea to all districts! A cohort is made up of districts in your state that participate in Speak Up together and learn from each other in the process. This model will help you gather information from important stakeholders in your district as well as facilitate a way for you to collaborate with other district leaders to share insights and experiences while on your digital learning journey. Cohort deliverables can include customized infographics that showcase key actionable district data and a leadership development workshop with Dr. Evans to learn new strategies for leveraging stakeholder feedback to inform plans and messaging around digital initiatives.

Please connect with us at for more information or sign up here for more information.


In case you missed it…

How to access your Speak Up results online

All schools and districts who registered for Speak up 2018-19 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

If you are a school/district primary contact, please login into your Speak Up admin portal here to access your reports, otherwise, follow the steps below to access your reports. Note, you will need your school or district’s administrative password to login in.

1. Click here to access your reports, then select the 2018 collection period.
2. Select either the District or the School option.
3. Next, the name of your district or school name and the state.
4. Select your district or school from the list and enter your password.
5. To view data reports, select the number in the ” # of District Surveys” column to display that survey type.
6. To view your open-ended text responses, click on “District” in the Open-Ended Responses Column.
7. Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this *Speak Up Data Excel Template.*

*Please note: at least one survey must be present to display the survey results with state and national comparisons.

Note for 2018-2019 reports: As of 2/15/19 online reports are considered valid and are ready for download. Online reports will continue to refresh with up to date results every Saturday evening through the close of Speak Up. For those that have completed Speak Up, your local results will stay the same, but you will now also have access to real-time results for state and national data until the close of the survey in June.

Exporting your Speak Up data

Exporting your Speak Up data is quick and easy! Just follow these steps:

Option 1:
1. Highlight and copy the Speak Up data by survey type from your Speak Up results homepage.
2. Paste your data into our template Excel spreadsheet (click here to download) – the survey types are already organized by tab.
3. The file is already formatted to print, making it easy to view your data!

Option 2:
New this year! If you would like to quickly download your results into a non-formatted spreadsheet, you can now directly download individual audience reports with the click of a button. Once logged into your data results home page, click on the report you would like to view and at the top of each page there will be a download button that will export your results into an excel spreadsheet.

Click here to learn more about accessing your data or watch our quick how-to video here.

Data Templates

Coming Soon! Click here to be notified when templates are released.

PowerPoint Templates
Data and Discussion Guides for educators and students such as:
1. State of Digital Citizenship Education
2. Addressing the Homework Gap
3. Teacher Professional Learning
4. Preparing Students for the World of Work

Click here for more information.


Reading the Pulse of the K-12 Communications Leader

In a collaborative report between Blackboard and Project Tomorrow, 700+ Communications Leaders reveal what’s at the heart of communication strategies, how parents are involved in school communications, and which tools are most effective for different types of communication.

Click here to learn more.


Coding in K-8 Classrooms: Empowering A New Generation of Creators

Our nation’s schools are more focused today than ever before on ensuring that today’s students have the college, career, and
citizenry skills they need to be successful in the future. Guided by high-profile national organizations and advocacy from the
corporate community, K-12 schools are now in the business of connecting students’ classroom learning experiences to their
development of key workplace skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communications, and creativity. In this collaborative report learn about Project Tomorrow and BrainPOP’s findings.

Click here to learn more


Need help?

The Project Tomorrow staff is available to help you effectively use your data. Here are just a few of the services we can provide you:

▪ Identify the top 5 trends in your school, district or state with national benchmarks
▪ Create a Speak Up presentation that you can use to share your Speak Up results in your school or district
▪ Provide Speak Up fast facts that can be used on your website, newsletters or promotional materials
▪ Present your Speak Up data in person or via a webinar
▪ Prepare a summary of your specific Speak Up findings (school, district or state) that can be distributed to your stakeholders
▪ Write a case statement, using the Speak Up data, highlighting the benefits of investing in technology (school, district, state or national)
▪ Prepare a customized narrative report about your Speak Up data (school, district or state)

Contact the Speak Up Team to learn more about our consulting services and fees.


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) 609-4663

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, National Geographic Society, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA, Association of Education Service Agencies, CETPA, CoSN, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Future Ready, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, MassCUE, National Catholic Educational Association, National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), SETDA, The School Superintendent’s Association, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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