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January 28, 2023

Five Reasons Why Districts Are Participating in Speak Up

An item from the folks behind the Speak Up survey.

Listen to learn more about why schools and districts are using Speak Up to improve learning and make better decisions.

Michelle Green, Speak Up Project Director, highlights five reasons why educators are participating in Speak Up. Link to Speak Up 2022-23 Message: Purpose for Participation

Speak Up, a free research tool for schools and districts, provides you with the data needed for program planning and policy development. By participating in Speak Up you will be able to better understand your students, compare changes over time, share information, support instructional technology, and inform the development of future programs.

Thousands of educators around the country have already registered and are working in their schools and districts to complete the Speak Up surveys. We’ve checked and you still haven’t registered. What are you waiting for?  Take the first step to making more informed decisions by registering today.


Have questions or need more information? Please contact Michelle Green,
We look forward to having you as part of Speak Up in 2023.

The Speak Up team: Julie, Michelle, Stef, and Irene 

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January 23, 2023

January 2023 Newsletter

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Note this newsletter from a pan-Canadian organization.

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Welcome to the January CANeLearn News.

As many across Canada embrace the colder weather and a new year of promises and plans, for CANeLearn folks 2023 sees the growth of e-learning expanding in each province with new program announcements and policy implementations.  Last month we shared a summary and next week we are offering an update online with the release of the 2022 State of the Nation report.  You can join one of two CANeLearn webinar sessions next week to learn more about the findings contained in the State of the Nation annual report.  Scroll down to register.

Scroll down to check out new resources and ideas – archived resources too!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter #CANeLearn, Facebook, or YouTube.

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The 2022 State of the Nation report is now available and includes updates on last school year’s registrations, policy changes, and comprehensive details on the state of e-learning across Canada.  There are a variety of issues briefs and vignettes to provide more detailed insight into the stories from contributing practitioners.  Find out more at

We are offering two Canadian eLearning Network webinars next week where Michael Barbour and Randy LaBonte will present the results of the latest State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada annual report.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time

To register, visit

Thursday, 26 January 2023 at 04:00 PM Pacific Time

To register, visit

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cross-Canada Roundup: K-12 Provincial e-Learning Changes

Awareness, understanding, and the role of online learning environments has expanded rapidly since “emergency remote teaching” was thrust upon the entire K-12 system during COVID. While much of the practice that resulted has been criticized, the benefits of centralizing online learning opportunities was not lost on governments and school district senior managers. As well, many parents were exposed to the benefits of e-learning. Click here for a summary of that centralization movement.

February 13-15, 2023 — Austin, TX

Virtual program available!

Register here

CANeLearn will be offering four sessions at this year’s event


Stay Connected!

  • Use #CANeLearn to stream specific items of interest to members. Join the conversation!
  • Follow @CANeLearn, “like” us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube Channel
  • Check out our Members’ Site
  • Join CANeLearn – only $50 for associate membership!

CANeLearn acknowledges the shíshálth Nation on whose traditional territories, here at xwilkway (Halfmoon Bay BC), where we are privileged to live, work, and play. Through our work, we are learning to incorporate Indigenous epistemologies while supporting Indigenization and systemic changes in the K-12 online learning environment of Canada.

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a vision to be the leading voice in Canada for learner success in K-12 online and blended learning.  CANeLearn provides members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities..

CANeLearn promotes effective practice in online and blended learning; fosters community and facilitates interaction among online and blended learning educators; and connects educators to online and blended learning organizations.


January 21, 2023

Project Tomorrow News Blast

An item from the folks behind the Speak Up survey.

Project Tomorrow Newsletter — January 18th, 2023


But let’s get real here. What do you or your colleagues really know about your own students’ mental, social or emotional health? Or what do their parents want schools to do about this?

Do you know what percentage of your students would say the same? 

Here is an idea!  You can use the Speak Up surveys for students to gain new insights into what your students need, and what their parents really want. Take a look at the 2022-23 survey questions here to get some ideas about the type of data (local + state and national comparatives) you will get by participating in the Speak Up Research Project. Then, set up a call with us to create your own personalized plan for using the Speak Up surveys to inform your go-forward plans to better support your students and parents.


Dr. Evans is a featured speaker at FETC in New Orleans next week! View session information here and create your Project Tomorrow agenda!


This month we are releasing several new reports and e-books based upon the latest Speak Up Research findings. Want a pre-release digital copy?  Sign up here and we will add you to the Speak Up Insider list to get the reports and e-books before we release them publicly.

New Challenges, New Solutions:  How K-12 District Communication Officers are Meeting the Moment (e-book done in partnership with Finalsite about the views of PR Pros in K-12 districts about today’s communication challenges and solutions)

Beyond the IT Department:  The Emergence of the CIO as a Digital Leader in K-12 Districts (second report in a series done in collaboration with Spectrum Enterprise which examines the exciting new role of the K-12 CIO in digital learning decisions)

It’s Time to Think Differently about K-12 Cybersecurity (new report with findings from the 2022 iboss-Project Tomorrow Research on Cybersecurity Awareness and Preparation within K-12 Districts)

National Report on Leveraging Digital Content within Economics:  Economics Teacher Feedback Study (new report done in collaboration with Certell about how digital content is transforming the teaching of Economics)


Seeking input for new research about digital content buying trends   

Are you a K-12 district level administrator responsible for vetting supplemental curriculum and instructional materials or do you work with someone in this role? We need your expertise!

Project Tomorrow is conducting a comprehensive research project on potential new ways that  K-12 districts are identifying, procuring and evaluating digital content and resources today compared to three years ago. Would you like to be interviewed by Dr. Julie Evans to share your experiential insights and ideas about some new emerging trends we are uncovering from our Speak Up Research?  Sign up here and we will be in touch to schedule a 1:1  interview for you with Dr. Evans. We are particularly interested in leaders from the following states: CA, TX, FL, SC, NC, VA, GA, IL, NY, CO, MD, WI, WA, PA, and UT.  If selected, you will receive a gift card of $100 as an honorarium.


Dr. Evans’ shares new insights from recent research

We have all been talking for quite a while about what will be the lasting impact of the pandemic and school disruptions on K-12 education.  Here is a new unintended impact for you to think about and provide your own analysis of this research insight.

Click here to provide your thoughts on this insight from an interview Dr. Evans recently conducted with  a Deputy Superintendent. Per Dr. Evans:

“Some teachers may have gotten a bit too comfortable with virtual teaching. In a recent interview, a  Deputy Superintendent explained to me that she has been observing that some teachers are continuing to teach as if they are virtual when they are in fact in class with their students. The students are all sitting at their desks using their Chromebooks to log into a virtual class that is being conducted by the teacher from her desk in the same classroom.  No virtual students – all face-to-face in class – but not interacting as if they are physically in class.  Per this leader, it may not just be the students who need to re-learn how to interact and collaborate in physical classrooms now.  Our teachers may also need a refresher on how to effectively engage their students in learning that is not digitally facilitated.”  

What do you think about this?

We appreciate your interest in Project Tomorrow and look forward to working together. 

-Dr. Julie Evans

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Become an online learning pro: Top tips & tricks from experienced instructors

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

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The Digital Backpack — powered by Michigan Virtual — is your resource for everything online and blended learning, including  tips, tricks, & the latest research on supporting online K-12 students and, more broadly, using technology to innovate learning.


On occasion, we also dive into other topics relevant to Michigan’s educational community, such as social emotional learning, restorative practices, literacy, student-centered learning, and more!


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Become an online learning pro: Top tips & tricks from experienced instructors

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the freedom and flexibility of online learning? You’re not alone! In this article, we share top tips from seasoned instructors on how to make the most out of your online course, no matter your experience level.



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January 20, 2023

MFNERC January E-News

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A newsletter from a Canadian organization that manages a K-12 online program.

On behalf of MFNERC, I would like to wish everyone the very best in 2023. A warm welcome back to all our staff and students. I hope you had a safe, healthy, and restful holiday season and are ready to take on the new year to make it a successful one!

We look forward to continually serving First Nations through supports and resources and are excited to build our relationships even stronger.

Charles Cochrane, MFNERC Executive Director

Building Back Better at Language Gathering

We are excited to be hosting the Language Gathering, January 18–19, 2023. This year’s theme is Building First Nations Language and Culture Foundations. MFNERC and MFNSS member First Nations are invited to come together to reaffirm the importance of First Nations languages and cultures.

Celebrating our Resiliency

MFNERC is proud to present this year’s Early Learning and Child Care Conference—Celebrating our Resiliency February 15–17, 2023 at the RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg. If you have any questions or require information about the conference, please contact Anne Rundle at or by phone at 204-594-1290, ext. 2135.

Career Fair 2023

The Discover Your Path – Virtual Event theme reflects opportunities available to our Manitoba First Nations Youth. Opportunities that range from professional, technical, business, medical, etc., to more traditional, cultural and Northern Manitoba industry related life paths like forestry, agriculture, trapping, and more!

Imagination Library

MFNERC has proudly partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to ensure new readers in 38 First Nations will receive books as part of Dolly’s book gifting program. Families can register their children, from birth to age four, who are then provided with the FREE, brand-new books. The books are delivered in the child’s name, until they graduate from the Program when they turn five. Register today!

Competition is the Catalyst for Creating New Scientists

The annual MFNERC Schools Science Fair will be held on March 7–8, 2023, at the Assiniboia Downs, 3975 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba. This year we will be offering a hybrid science fair (in-person and virtual). Visit our website for more information on this event.

Employment Opportunities

Now accepting applications for many MFNERC and MFNSS positions.

Please send resume and employment applications to:


Visit our online shop for a variety of educational resources rich in Indigenous culture and languages.

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