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March 17, 2020

Don’t Forget to Register Now: Coronavirus – Preparing Your District For CIPA Compliant Device Take Home [3/18 Webinar]

Another webinar scheduled for tomorrow.

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Project Tomorrow is pleased to invite you to a special professional learning opportunity for School and District Technology Leaders on Wednesday March 18.

Coronavirus – Preparing your district for CIPA compliant device take home
Wednesday, March 18
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET
Register Now

Featuring: Technology Leaders from Lexington County School District 1 (South Carolina)
Moderated by: Dr. Julie A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

As is evident over the past few days, the coronavirus or COVID-19 health crisis in the United States is increasingly impacting our nation’s schools as well. Many districts are scrambling to find ways for the continuation of learning in the evident that they need to close their schools. One key solution is emerging – let’s send school owned devices home with our students to use to access digital content and communicate with teachers and classmates using a safe and secure platform. As easy as that solution sounds, school and district technology leaders know that there is a great deal of complexity to making this happen and to protect your CIPA compliance. In this special and timely webinar, we will learn how the Lexington County School District 1 team has addressed this challenge with their take home devices. In this quick 45 minute webinar, you will gain new insights into the hows, whats and why of doing this successful and learn how to replicate their strategies within your district to meet this current challenge head-on.

This webinar is the second in a new series of professional learning events for School and District Technology Leaders. Each webinar will feature a district leadership team that has addressed a significant challenge. Moderated by Dr. Julie A. Evans, this webinar series is generously underwritten by iboss.

To reserve your virtual seat:

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March 14, 2020

Webinar: Coronavirus – Preparing Your District For CIPA Compliant Device Take Home

Note this up-coming webinar.

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Project Tomorrow is pleased to invite you to a special professional learning opportunity for School and District Technology Leaders on Wednesday March 18.

Coronavirus – Preparing your district for CIPA compliant device take home
Wednesday, March 18
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET
Register Now

Featuring: Technology Leaders from Lexington County School District 1 (South Carolina)
Moderated by: Dr. Julie A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

As is evident over the past few days, the coronavirus or COVID-19 health crisis in the United States is increasingly impacting our nation’s schools as well. Many districts are scrambling to find ways for the continuation of learning in the evident that they need to close their schools. One key solution is emerging – let’s send school owned devices home with our students to use to access digital content and communicate with teachers and classmates using a safe and secure platform. As easy as that solution sounds, school and district technology leaders know that there is a great deal of complexity to making this happen and to protect your CIPA compliance. In this special and timely webinar, we will learn how the Lexington County School District 1 team has addressed this challenge with their take home devices. In this quick 45 minute webinar, you will gain new insights into the hows, whats and why of doing this successful and learn how to replicate their strategies within your district to meet this current challenge head-on.

This webinar is the second in a new series of professional learning events for School and District Technology Leaders. Each webinar will feature a district leadership team that has addressed a significant challenge. Moderated by Dr. Julie A. Evans, this webinar series is generously underwritten by iboss.

To reserve your virtual seat:

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March 6, 2020

Join Us Wed March 11

Note this up-coming webinar.

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Project Tomorrow webinar in collaboration with and presented by iboss

Hello! Project Tomorrow is excited to announce its partnership with iboss! We invite all Speak Up and iboss friends and colleagues to take part in this collaboration. This webinar will be the first of The District Exchange Webinar Series. Join Charleston County Schools’ IT leadership, moderated by Project Tomorrow’s Dr. Julie Evans, for a firsthand look into how the district is re-inventing their IT department to support education technology innovation in the classroom.

Charleston County Schools: Building a 21st Century IT Network to support Classroom Innovation
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET

Presenter(s):
Charleston County Schools
Tom Nawrocki, Executive Director of Information Technology
Shawn McDowell, Director of IT Network Operations
iboss
Richard Quinones, iboss SVP of Public Sector
Joe Cosmano, iboss SVP of Engineering Services
Project Tomorrow
Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer

Follow Project Tomorrow and iboss on social media!
Twitter: @ibosscloud @SpeakUpEd
Instagram: @ibosscyber @projecttomorrow
Facebook: @ibosscloud @speakuped
Linkedin: @iboss @ProjectTomorrow

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February 27, 2020

February Speak Up News!

Another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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February 2020

We are excited to announce that we have reached the 100,000+ survey mark! In this roundup, you will find informative teacher preliminary data, upcoming events, and much more!

Quick links:

2019-20 Preliminary Data Key Findings We are excited to share some preliminary key findings with you and launch our new weekly data segment!
2019-20 National Public Schools Week Join Learning First Alliance and Their Partners to Celebrate Public Schools!
Digital Learning Day: Join the ninth annual Digital Learning Day (#DLDay) celebration, host an event or participate in Speak Up on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020!
KYSTE 2020: Join us in Kentucky for KYSTE 2020 March 11-13, 2020!

Coming Soon…
Webinar presented by iBoss: Charleston County Schools: Building a 21st Century IT Network to support Classroom Innovation
Speak Up Appreciation Week April 20-24, 2020!

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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2019-20 Preliminary Data Key Findings

As participation numbers increase, we would like to introduce our new weekly segment “This week’s key findings…” we will be releasing 1-3 key findings for the week every Monday. District/school leaders will receive a dedicate email they can share with their teams. We will also compile a monthly blog recapping all key findings that will be available on our website.

This segment will give you a national overview, and pointers as to which questions you should reference in your state, district, or school reports.

This week’s key findings are…

Based on 8,300 K-12 teachers nationwide

97% of K-12 classroom teachers say that the effective use of technology within the learning process is important for their students’ future success – 58% now say it is very important.
Teachers say that access to technology tools in the classroom improves their teaching effectiveness. Most notably, 64% of K-12 teachers say that technology tools enable them to more effectively differentiate instruction to meet the individualized needs of their students and 52% say that their classroom lessons are more interactive and relevant as a result of having access to technology in their classroom.
Teachers also tell us that they see the impact of digital learning directly with their students in terms of developing future-ready skills. 55% of teachers note that their students collaborate more with each other through the use of technology tools and thus are developing effective teamwork skills as part of the learning process. Teachers also say that technology access in their classrooms results in their students developing greater creativity and critical thinking skills and more effectively applying their learned knowledge to practical, real-world problems.

But what do teachers say they need to leverage digital content, tools, and resources more effectively in their classroom?

Top 5 responses include:
1. Planning time with colleagues – 60% of teachers say this is a top need for them
2. Classroom set of devices (tablets, laptops, etc.) to use with students – 51%
3. Professional development that focuses more on new learning models using technology rather than just tech skills – 49%
4. Just in time technology support in their classroom – 44%
5. Internet connectivity that is reliable, robust and consistent – 42%

District/school leaders your reports are now available under the option Current Data Reports in your admin profile. Reports update weekly on Saturday evenings.

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2020 National Public Schools Week

February 24-28, 2020

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Nine out of 10 students in the United States attend public schools, and the members of the Learning First Alliance will be celebrating Public Schools Week from February 24 to 28, 2020.

Public Schools Week is a designated week for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents and school board members to host events for their communities and reach out to lawmakers, businesses, and other community members to discuss the importance of public education. Add Public Schools Week 2020 to your school calendar and make plans to join LFA and educators across the United States to show the strength—and potential—of our nation’s public schools and our students’ futures.

Project Tomorrow celebrates Public Schools through our National Speak Up District Recognition Program. Thousands of K-12 public school districts learn about the views of their stakeholders through their participation in the annual Speak Up Research project. By reviewing and appreciating the authentic feedback of their students, parents, and staff, these innovative districts have transformed their education enterprise to be more responsive and supportive of the needs of those stakeholders. The transformative work of these districts to substantively engage with their school communities and use the input of their stakeholders to inform new education initiatives, as well as policies and programs, inspires us every day.

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2020 Digital Learning Day

Thursday, February 27th

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Digital Learning Day 2020 is right around the corner, join the thousands of educators and students to celebrate – Innovative! Every Classroom, Every Day!

Each year, states, districts, schools, and classrooms across the United States and around the world hold thousands of events to celebrate Digital Learning Day (#DLDay). Celebrate this Thursday, by adding your event to the map and checking out the thousands of ways innovative teachers are inspiring incredible creativity in their students.

Speak Up wants to partner with you on this day, register your school or district to participate by taking the Speak Up survey this Thursday and adding an event to the Digital Learning Day map!

Register to participate here!

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KYSTE 2020

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Join Dr. Julie A. Evans on Thursday, March 12 at KYSTE 2020 in the Willis room.

1:00 pm
Metrics and Messaging- New ways to Evaluate the Impact of Digital Learning
Join Dr. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, and Ben Maynard, KDE Digital Learning Coach, as they share and discuss insights on how to evaluate the impact of digital learning efforts in your district.

2:00pm
Student Voice Collaboration with Speak Up Districts
Districts participating in the Speak Up national survey are invited to join Dr. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, as she helps districts take survey results to actionable knowledge. Districts will have the opportunity to learn and share how survey results are impacting student learning experiences and district initiatives.

View all KYSTE sessions here

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Coming soon…

Project Tomorrow webinar presented by iboss

Charleston County Schools: Building a 21st Century IT Network to support Classroom Innovation
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: TBA

Join Charleston County schools IT leadership, moderated by Project Tomorrow’s Dr. Julie Evans for a firsthand look into how the district is re-inventing their IT department to support education technology innovation in the classroom.

Presenter(s):
Charleston County Schools
Tom Nawrocki, Executive Director of Information Technology
Shawn Mc Dowell, Director of IT Network Operations
iboss
Richard Quinones, iboss SVP of Public Sector
Joe Cosmano, iboss SVP of Engineering Services
Project Tomorrow
Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer

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Speak Up Appreciation Week

April 20-24, 2020

Speak Up Appreciation Week kicks off on Monday, April 20, 2020! We will be recognizing some of our great Speak Up partners and school districts ahead of the final months of Speak Up. All surveys submitted between April 20-24, 2020 will increase the chances for all schools and districts to win a free registration to conferences, professional development and more!

National Speak Up Day
National Speak Up Day is the day to encourage your students, teachers, and parents to take the Speak Up 2018-19 surveys. This is always one of our busiest days when thousands of participants share their views on technology and learning. We have decided to add a second National Speak up Day on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Join us and make your voice heard!

Speak Up Day will be on Wednesday, January 29, 2020! We will be acknowledging districts who have acquired badges from our Speak Up National Speak Up District Recognition Program.

Register your district by April 23, 2020 to unlock our Speak Up District of Honor badge!

Some of this year’s partner prizes include:

AASL – The American Association for School Librarians
One complimentary registration for one school librarian plus administrator to AASL’s 2021 National Conference. Librarians, Media Specialists, and School Administrators are eligible to win.

CUE
A one-day professional development session with CUE Executive Director Jon Corippo. District Administrators from California are eligible to win. The session will be awarded in late April and scheduled for a time convenient for CUE and the winning district.

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In case you missed it…

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2018-19 National Findings Report

Digital Learning: Peril or Promise for Our K-12 Students

In this year’s national briefing paper, we examine this important topic of the peril vs. promise value proposition for digital learning through a three-part analysis of the authentic feedback collected from over 343,500 K-12 students, parents, teachers and administrators during the 2018-19 school year. While the Speak Up findings cover a broad set of issues relative to the challenges and benefits associated with innovative learning environments, we have identified key findings associated with these three leading questions to inform this discussion:

Beyond educator assumptions or aspirations, and isolated examples of innovation, how are digital tools, resources and content actually being used by the average student today to support learning, both in school and out of school?

How do the majority of educators, parents and students define the value or impact of those digital learning experiences?

Given how the digital tools are being used, and the values ascribed to those technology-supported experiences, what are the real-world concerns of today’s educators and parents that should be addressed to better understand the peril vs. promise dichotomy in our schools and communities?

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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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

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

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January 31, 2020

Speak Up America Day!

A newsletter from the Project Tomorrow folks.

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Speak Up America Day 2020!

Today we are celebrating Speak Up Day! The goal of Speak Up Day is to encourage the participation of students, teachers, parents, and other educational community members with our Speak Up surveys.

Below you will find details on the Speak Up America Campaign.

Enjoy!

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 America: January 27-31, 2020!

Speak Up America Week kicked off this week on Monday, January 27!

Speak Up America, our campaign to celebrate Speak Up participation runs January 27-31, 2020. Participating schools and districts are eligible to win prizes from several of our national and regional Speak Up partners – this year; we are offering memberships and professional development as well as complimentary conference registrations!

National Speak Up Day — Wednesday, January 29th
Complimentary National Conference Registrations & Memberships — chances to win throughout the week
Sneak Peek! On Friday 1/31 we will post some preliminary data from the surveys we have received. Make your voice heard and participate!

Speak Up promotional materials are available to help all participating schools and districts get the word out to their students, parents, staff, and community!

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National Conference Registrations & Memberships Offers!


Thanks to our state and national Speak Up partners, we are offering some wonderful prizes – including conference registrations, memberships, and professional development – to the educators participating in Speak Up!

Once administrators, teachers, librarians, and tech leaders complete their Speak Up surveys this year, they will have the option to complete an entry form and select the prizes they hope to win. These forms are separate from the Speak Up surveys to maintain the anonymity of Speak Up responses.

Our first winner, a tech leader at kisdcurr recieved one complimentary registration to the TCEA 2020 Convention and Exposition! Check out our social media to find out who the winners are today, Wednesday 1/29 (Speak Up Day) and Friday 1/31!

Some prizes include:
AASL– One complimentary registration to the 2021 National Conference & Exhibition! Librarians, Media Specialists or School Administrators from across the nation are eligible to win.
CUE– One complimentary registration to Lead3 Symposium, April 2-4, 2020! District. Administrators and Tech Leaders from California or Nevada are eligible to win.
NETA: Complimentary registration to 2020 Spring NETA Conference, March 26-27, 2020: Teachers and Technology Leaders from Nebraska are eligible to win.
NYSCATE One complimentary registration to Annual Conference, November 21-24, 2020! Educator, administrator or Ed Tech Leaders in a K-20 NY school, district, or higher education institute eligible to win: Teachers and Technology Leaders from Nebraska are eligible to win.

Click here to view the entire prize list.

Note: Speak Up Appreciation Week will be coming up in April with additional chances to win conference registrations.

Thanks to AASL, CUE, NCCE, NETA, NYSCATE, and TCEA for your generous offers!

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National Speak Up Day-Wed. January 29, 2020

We have announce districts who have met requirements to be awarded a badge from our Speak Up District Recognition Program on our social media platforms:

Check out the most updated state numbers here.

K-12 school districts during the 2019-20 school year will be recognized with the following distinctions:

Speak Up District of Honor: awarded to K-12 districts that have made a commitment to listen to the voices of their stakeholders in their educational planning and decision-making. This commitment is actualized by registering to participate in Speak Up. Register your school/district by Jan 29 and be recognized!

Speak Up District of Student Empowerment: awarded to K-12 districts who are enabling the authentic feedback of their K-12 students through the promotion of student participation in the Speak Up process.

Speak Up District of Community Trust: awarded to K-12 districts who are enabling the authentic feedback of key adult audiences within their education community such as parents, community members, teachers, librarians, and administrators through the promotion of participation in the Speak Up process for those stakeholders.

Speak Up District of Excellence: awarded to K-12 districts who are actively leveraging the feedback from their community stakeholders (students, parents, community members, and staff) to inform programs, policies and new initiatives to improve the learning and teaching experience for all.

In recognition of these districts’ commitment to their community, Project Tomorrow will honor each of these districts individually and nationally by:

• Every district will receive a letter of recognition from Project Tomorrow with their status in appreciation of National Speak Up day on January 15th and April 22nd.

• Every district will have a letter of recognition given to their House of Representatives member stating that by participating in Speak Up, the district validates the importance of listening to their stakeholders’ views on how to improve local education.

Our next National Speak Up Day will be Thursday, April 23, 2020

Check out and download our participation badges
Districts have until the end of Speak Up Week to earn district recognition

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Speak Up Student Surveys in Español!

Coming Monday February 3rd

We have heard from multiple districts across the country about their need for student surveys in Spanish, we heard you and we got you!

We are incredibly excited about the opportunity for educators to share surveys in Español to their students.

Please fill out this interest form to receive more details.

In case you missed it…

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2018-19 National Findings Report

Digital Learning: Peril or Promise for Our K-12 Students

In this year’s national briefing paper, we examine this important topic of the peril vs. promise value proposition for digital learning through a three-part analysis of the authentic feedback collected from over 343,500 K-12 students, parents, teachers and administrators during the 2018-19 school year. While the Speak Up findings cover a broad set of issues relative to the challenges and benefits associated with innovative learning environments, we have identified key findings associated with these three leading questions to inform this discussion:

Beyond educator assumptions or aspirations, and isolated examples of innovation, how are digital tools, resources and content actually being used by the average student today to support learning, both in school and out of school?

How do the majority of educators, parents and students define the value or impact of those digital learning experiences?

Given how the digital tools are being used, and the values ascribed to those technology-supported experiences, what are the real-world concerns of today’s educators and parents that should be addressed to better understand the peril vs. promise dichotomy in our schools and communities?

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100Kin10 Trends Report is now live!

Every year 100Kin10 highlights what’s around the corner for #STEMed – Project Tomorrow is honored to have our work featured in their latest Trends Report!

Sneak peek:
Project Tomorrow is developing a new professional learning model to help teachers infuse computer science and computational thinking into existing courses. In order to encourage other innovative approaches meeting, two tend goals.

Trend 4: The T in STEM Gains Prominence: Technology Proficiency as a Core Life Skill and Trend 6 (Prediction): Computer Science Is Hot but There’s a Lag in Teacher Supply

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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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

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

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