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April 15, 2019

Speak Up 2018-19 NEWS!

A newsletter that was received over the weekend.

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April Speak Up News!

We are excited to share exciting Speak Up news during the month of April.There is still time to participate! Speak Up is open until the end of the academic year.

First round student winner for the 2018-19 Speak Up challenge
National Library Week
How America’s Schools are Addressing the Homework Gap

In case you missed it…
Speak Up Data Seminars
Exporting your data is easy: Simply print the results or copy and paste them into one of our templates.
Need help with your Speak Up data? Learn more about our Speak Up services.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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2019 Speak Up Challenge Winner!

“Technology is quickly advancing and it’s going to affect everyone who does or doesn’t use tech.” says 7th grader, winner of this year’s Speak Up Challenge.

The 2018-19 Student Speak Up Challenge was implemented with the objective of having students analyze and critically think about the near future of technology use in the classroom. Using the prompt: Help us predict the future of learning! What will “school” be like in 2025? How will new technologies change the way students go to school, learn, and interact with their teachers and classmates? This year’s challenge is meant to introduce new technology mediums to students; by creating a blog students can learn new creative ways to write in an interactive way. Vlogs give students an opportunity to emerge in new technologies like filming, video editing, etc.

Without further ado the first-round winners of the 2018-19 Speak Up Challenge is 7th grader Anakin Guzzetta from Eagle Valley Middle School in Carson City!Click here to read the entire Blog.

We are very proud and happy to have received the first round of entries by our first deadline. Congratulations to all participants!

Speak Up keeps shaking things up! We are giving participants a second chance by extending the competition for a second round! The Challenge will be open throughout the rest of the academic year, announcements of the second round winners will be made early July!

Calling out all Principals! Our 2018-19 Principal Speak Up Challenge has also been extended! Principals we want to hear from you! We want to know: What did your school learn from your data?!

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National Library Week

Happy National Library Week! Librarians it is not too late to join Speak Up we want to hear from you! Click here to participate and get your survey started!
We asked librarians:
How do librarians say they are finding out about new digital content to recommend to teachers?
1. Doing their online searches (77%)
2. Asking other librarians (76%)
3. Through their Professional Learning Network (70%)
* Innovative: 51% say they are seeking input from students!

Did you know that:
Most important qualities of digital content for instructional use – according to librarians are:
•Content is updated regularly – 86%
•Availability in multiple reading levels – 81%

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How America’s Schools are Addressing the Homework Gap: Speak Up 2017 Findings

In an effort to bring greater internet access to students who don’t have connections at home, new legislation was introduced to encourage schools to provide wireless internet connections on school buses. Check out the full article here.

Project Tomorrows 2018 report on Homework Gap is referenced in the above article stating that: 13 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 cannot do their homework because they lack internet access outside of school. Check out the entire report here.

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In case you missed it…

How to use your data to create actionable knowledge

Dr. Evans hosted two seminars on Speak Up Data this past month for District Leaders. In case you were unable to join us, here are the recordings. Enjoy!

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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:

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:

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!

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

Data Templates

Coming Soon!

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.

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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.

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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) 609-4663

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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March 2, 2019

Speak Up 2018-19 Data Now Available!

A newsletter from Monday that got lost in my inbox.

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Your Speak Up data is in!

We are excited to release the Speak Up 2018-19 data results to all participating organizations! If your school or district is currently participating or participated in Speak Up, it’s time to see what your students, teachers, parents, and community members had to say by viewing your online reports! Keep reading to learn how to access your data and much more.

▪ Your survey results are now available! Learn how to access your Speak Up data results.
▪ Exporting your data is easy: Simply print the results or copy and paste them into one of our templates.
▪ Need help with your Speak Up data? Learn more about our Speak Up services.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming Speak Up data webinars and presentations with our CEO, Julie A. Evans.
▪ Let Project Tomorrow assist you with your EIR grant application process.

For fifteen years, Speak Up has been providing this service to schools and districts around the country. We’re excited to see how this data informs your initiatives, policies and practices. Drop us a note and let us know how you use the data this year or how we can make the surveys even more useful next year. We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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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:

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:

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!

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

Data Templates

Coming Soon!

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.

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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.

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Speak Up On the Go!

Announcing Online Seminars! Need help with sorting through your data results? Sign up to attend one of our complementary online seminars focused on supporting your data efforts. Seminars will be offered in March. Limited seats available.

School and district leaders, you are invited to a special, complimentary online seminar that will help you translate your locally collected Speak Up data into actionable knowledge that you can use immediately. In this 90-minute online seminar, we will help you learn how to leverage Speak Up data to:
Build community support for a new initiative or validate your current decisions
Help your teachers appreciate the views of students and parents
Inform local decision-making or investments
Develop new funding sources to support your plans
*Strategize new ways to become engaged with Project Tomorrow

This special online webinar will provide you with new insights into your Speak Up data – and stimulate ideas for improved use of that data within your everyday activities. Hope you can join us!

National School Boards Association Conference – Philadelphia – March 29 – April 1, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 3:45 PM
Room: TLN
Student Voices: How 6th Graders Define Digital Learning
Hear the top 5 things every board member and district leader should know about today’s students, digital learning and their aspirations from a panel of middle school students. Since 2003, the Speak Up Research Project on Digital Learning has collected the authentic, unfiltered views and ideas of over 5.4 million K-12 students, parents and educators about digital learning. Student panelists react to and enrich the data by sharing their desire for learning experiences that are socially-based, un-tethered and digitally rich.

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Project Tomorrow in support of your EIR application!

As I am sure you know, the Department of Education released notices for their Education and Innovation Research (EIR) grants earlier this month. These Early, Mid-Phase, and Expansion grants fund the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative education programs.

What you may not know is that in addition to our Speak Up Research activities, Project Tomorrow also has extensive experience in the design, development and implementation of efficacy and evaluation studies that investigate the impact of innovative learning tools and models on education outcomes. Since 2007, we have conducted over 40 such studies in both K-12 and higher education. In addition, for over 10 years, we have annually reviewed and advised a large global corporate funder on the evaluation plans of the education grantees. As you would imagine, we have particularly strong expertise in the use of technology-based solutions as an intervention, but our capacity is not limited to evaluating digital programs exclusively. Of course we have the unique ability to leverage Speak Up data (both local and national) as a comparative data set in many studies. I am sure you already realize that your Speak Up data can be used for the rationale for your grant also.

If you are interested in applying for an EIR grant, we would be happy to discuss with you how we can support your efforts as your proposed external evaluator. We are happy to set up a call or Zoom meeting with you and/or your team to discuss your proposed project and our capabilities.

Good luck with the grant process! Your success is our success – let us know how we can help you.

Julie A. Evans, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
julie@tomorrow.org

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In case you missed it…

Speak Up Resources Extension

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 stakeholder feedback. We will provide the framework for you to use that actionable knowledge and throughout the years we will be able to help you translate your data with context and experience.

Video Announcement

“When school and district leaders understand the needs and aspirations of these most important constituencies, those leaders are more effective in designing, developing and implementing transformations in the education system that will better prepare students for the future. We have upgraded our Speak Up solutions to make that a reality within all schools.” -Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO

Watch the LIVE announcement of the new Speak Up resources made at the 2019 Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL on Monday 1/28.

Click here to watch the video.

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2018-19 Speak Up Challenges

This year we are introducing our Blog/Vlog challenges, these challenges are meant for students and principals to interact with new mediums: we want to hear from students on what they predict is the future of learning. What do they envision school will be like in 2025? We also want to hear from principals as to what they learned from their 2017 Speak Up data. #VoicesofSpeakUp

Student Blog/Vlog Challenge
Guidelines
Challenge Type: Individual
Participant eligibility: K-12 students
Prize: $100/student (3 winners) & $100/supporting teacher (3 winners)
Deadline: Thursday January 31, 2019 3:00pm PT.
Write a 500 word blog or create a 2-3 min vlog answering the following prompt:

Help us predict the future of learning! What will “school” be like in 2025? How will new technologies change the way students go to school, learn, and interact with their teachers and classmates?
Submit your entry here.

Principal Blog/Vlog Challenge
Guidelines
Challenge Type: Individual
Participant eligibility: School Principal
Prize: $300 (one winner)
Deadline: Thursday January 31, 2019 3:00pm PT.
Write a 1,000 word blog or create a 3-5 min vlog answering the following prompt:

What did we (your school) learn from our 2017 Speak Up data?
Submit your entry here.

Photos are allowed in both blog/vlog submissions. In order to qualify for any prize the entire class of the teacher leader must participate and complete the Speak Up survey. By submitting your blog/video, you also give Project Tomorrow permission to use it for any educational or promotional purpose related to Speak Up.

Winners will be announced the first week of February!

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Have you Spoken
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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 ext. 17.

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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January 31, 2019

Speak Up Is Shaking Things Up! No More Limited Participation Windows Or Deadlines And Much More!

An item from the Speak Up survey folks.

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Speak Up News, January 30, 2019

The Project Tomorrow team is excited to share big news with you regarding the future of Speak Up!

Speak Up is the research tool districts use to learn what students, educators, parents, and the community have to say about education issues, and this year marks the 15th year collecting and reporting authentic data from stakeholders to schools and districts. As we celebrate this milestone, we have listened to your feedback and we want to do more for you! Below you will find the new and exciting resources Speak Up will be offering.

Remember that all of these resources are still made available for your schools and districts at no cost! This is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors.

Some of these new resources include:
* No timeline or deadlines, Speak Up is open through the academic school year.
* Customization and personalization of Speak Up data collection tools.
* Speak Up Intelligence Guides.

Watch the video announcement made by Dr. Julie A. Evans at the 2019 FETC here.

Read the official Press Release. click here

Project Tomorrow sits with the EduTechGuys at the 2019 Future of Education Technology Conference to discuss the Speak Up research project. Click here for podcast.

I case you missed it… Check our our iboss blog and 2019 Speak Up Challenges.

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 Resources

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 you data with context and experience.

Video Announcement

“When school and district leaders understand the needs and aspirations of these most important constituencies, those leaders are more effective in designing, developing and implementing transformations in the education system that will better prepare students for the future. We have upgraded our Speak Up solutions to make that a reality within all schools.” -Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO

Watch the LIVE announcement of the new Speak Up resources made at the 2019 Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL on Monday 1/28.

Click here to watch the video.

Speak Up Press Release-1/29

Project Tomorrow Unveils Expanded Opportunities for Schools and Districts to Use Speak Up to Learn from Key Stakeholders

Annual Speak Up Project, in its 16th Year, is Adding to its Suite of Support
for All School and District Leaders to Improve K-12 Teaching and Learning

Orlando, Fla. – The tool that thousands of schools and districts have used for 15 years to inform and evaluate how digital learning is impacting instruction and student outcomes is now available on demand. Project Tomorrow‘s Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning (Speak Up) will no longer have participation windows and deadlines. School and district leaders can now use the free, nationally recognized Speak Up suite of tested resources whenever they need to collect feedback from their stakeholders. And, that is just the beginning of the changes to come.

“We believe that the views and values of K-12 students, parents and teachers, as well as community members, are a powerful asset that is not being fully leveraged by most schools and districts,” explained Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow.

Click here to view full Press Release.

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EduTechGuys and Speak Up at FETC 2019

Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO was invited to sit down with the EduTechGuys and share about our Speak Up research project. She talked about the Value In Return (VIR) of participating in this survey and why all schools and districts should take advantage of this FREE service.

Listen here to the podcast.

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In case you missed it…

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iboss

Check out our guest blog post from one of our Speak Up sponsors,iboss: “When Public and Private Sectors Engage – Special Things Can Happen.” We are happy to be working with them and others on National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity (NACC)

BOSTON Mass., January 16, 2019– iboss, a leader in cloud security, hosted the executive board of the National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity (NACC) at their Boston Headquarters. The focus of the day’s events included an executive roundtable, consisting of the iboss senior executive team and the NACC board discussing the growing concerns associated with the potential negative impact the lack of adequate cybersecurity technology and practice is having across the nation’s public education system.

Click here for entire blog.

2018-19 Speak Up Challenges

This year we are introducing our Blog/Vlog challenges, these challenges are meant for students and principals to interact with new mediums: we want to hear from students on what they predict is the future of learning. What do they envision school will be like in 2025? We also want to hear from principals as to what they learned from their 2017 Speak Up data. #VoicesofSpeakUp

Student Blog/Vlog Challenge
Guidelines
Challenge Type: Individual
Participant eligibility: K-12 students
Prize: $100/student (3 winners) & $100/supporting teacher (3 winners)
Deadline: Thursday January 31, 2019 3:00pm PT.
Write a 500 word blog or create a 2-3 min vlog answering the following prompt:

Help us predict the future of learning! What will “school” be like in 2025? How will new technologies change the way students go to school, learn, and interact with their teachers and classmates?
Submit your entry here.

Principal Blog/Vlog Challenge
Guidelines
Challenge Type: Individual
Participant eligibility: School Principal
Prize: $300 (one winner)
Deadline: Thursday January 31, 2019 3:00pm PT.
Write a 1,000 word blog or create a 3-5 min vlog answering the following prompt:

What did we (your school) learn from our 2017 Speak Up data?
Submit your entry here.

Photos are allowed in both blog/vlog submissions. In order to qualify for any prize the entire class of the teacher leader must participate and complete the Speak Up survey. By submitting your blog/video, you also give Project Tomorrow permission to use it for any educational or promotional purpose related to Speak Up.

Winners will be announced the first week of February!

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Have you Spoken
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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 ext. 17.

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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January 17, 2019

Speak Up Appreciation Week STARTS TODAY-1/18!

Note the incentive being provided to K-12 programs and schools that complete the Speak Up survey before the end of the day tomorrow.

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Speak Up News, January 11, 2019

Schools across the country are taking full advantage of the free research tool to gather insights from their stakeholders. If you haven’t started yet, there is still plenty of time!

As we get closer to the Speak Up deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019. We want to take time to thank all of this year’s participants!

Today is the kick of Speak Up Appreciation Week! All surveys submitted between January 14th and 18th increase participating schools’ chances of winning conference registrations, memberships and professional development opportunities from some of our national and regional partners!

National Speak Up Day will take place this Wednesday 1/16, we encourage you all to participate and take the survey. All surveys submitted that day will increase your chances of winning prizes!

Our 2018 Vlog/Blog Challenges deadline has been extended to January 31st. Students and Principals make sure to participate for your chances to win $100/$350 gift cards! Click here to learn more.

Have not completed the Speak Up survey? No worries, that this year we launched our Snapshots (mini-surveys). See below for details or learn more here.

Follow us on Twitter and check out student, teacher, and parent preliminary data from the 2018 Speak Up survey.

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 Appreciation Week: January 14th-18th!

Thanks to our state and national Speak Up partners, we can again offer 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 anonymity of Speak Up responses.

We will be announcing winning educators during this week of Speak Up Appreciation Week, check out our social media to find out if you are a winner! We will also announce the last winners next Monday 1/21!

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

National Speak Up Day 1/16

National Speak Up Day is the day to encourage your students, teachers, and parents to take the Speak Up 2018 surveys. This is always one of our busiest days when thousands of participants share their views on technology and learning.

Participate and increase the chances to win conference registration, professional development, and memberships from our partners.

Visit our website for a complete list of prizes. Click here.

Partners Speak Up Days

Here are some examples of partners Speak Up days, feel free to share your plans with us on Twitter! #SpeakUp

CUE Speak Up Day, January 17th – CUE wants its members to Speak Up (and enter to win conference registrations and a professional development day) during Speak Up Appreciation Week. CUE members are encouraged to take their own Speak Up survey on Thursday, 1/17!

iNACOL Speak Up Day, January 23rd – iNACOL wants as many members as possible to Speak Up before the feedback window closes on January 31st, so they are asking iNACOL members to complete their own surveys on January 23rd!

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Speak Up America Week Blog/Video Challenges

This year we are introducing our Blog/Vlog challenges, these challenge are meant for students and principals to interact with new mediums: we want to hear from students on what they predict is the future of learning. What do they envision school will be like in 2025! We also want to hear from principals as to what they learned from their 2017 Speak Up data. #VoicesofSpeakUp

Student Blog/Vlog Challenge
Guidelines
Challenge Type: Individual
Participant eligibility: K-12 students
Prize: $100/student (3 winners) & $100/supporting teacher (3 winners)
Deadline: Thursday January 31, 2019 3:00pm PT.
Write a 500 word blog or create a 2-3 min vlog answering the following prompt:

Help us predict the future of learning! What will “school” be like in 2025? How will new technologies change the way students go to school, learn, and interact with their teachers and classmates?

Submit your entry here.

Principal Blog/Vlog Challenge
Guidelines
Challenge Type: Individual
Participant eligibility: School Principal
Prize: $300 (one winner)
Deadline: Thursday January 31, 2019 3:00pm PT.
Write a 1,000 word blog or create a 3-5 min vlog answering the following prompt:

What did we (your school) learn from our 2017 Speak Up data?
Submit your entry here.

Photos are allowed in both blog/vlog submissions. In order to qualify for any prize the entire class of the teacher leader must participate and complete the Speak Up survey. By submitting your blog/video, you also give Project Tomorrow permission to use it for any educational or promotional purpose related to Speak Up.

Winners will be announced the first week of February!

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Speak Up Snapshots

While some districts get all the feedback data they need from participating in the annual Speak Up project, we have found that others either need additional data to drill down on a topic or only need a specific set of data on one topic. We have created Speak Up Snapshots to help meet those needs, beginning with a mobile learning evaluation tool and a professional learning feedback tool.

Beginning in 2018, schools and districts can choose to 1) participate in Speak Up by selecting one of our annual question decks (current or longitudinal) as needed to collect feedback from their students, staff, parents and/or community, 2) use one or all of these new Snapshots as stand-alone tools 3) use all the Speak Up tools: annual Speak Up questions and Speak Up Snapshots.

Just like our annual survey, there is no cost to participate and you have the option to register as the primary contact to gain access to your data results. Speak Up Snapshots are currently open for participation during the same period as Speak Up.

This year’s Snapshot themes include:

Mobile Learning Impact (15 questions)
Teacher Professional Learning (15 questions)
Parent School-to-Home Communications (5 questions)
Parent School Safety (5 questions)
Student Digital Citizenship (5 questions)

By completing these mini-surveys you will add your input to the national data! Learn more about these Snapshots here.

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Have you Spoken
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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 ext. 17.

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 | The School Superintendent’s Association, 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 | State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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December 9, 2018

Speak Up America Week 12/10-12/14

Note these up-coming webinars this week.

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Speak Up News, December 6, 2018

We crossed the 100,000 Speak Up surveys mark this week! Schools across the country are taking full advantage of the free research tool to gather insights from their stakeholders. If you haven’t started yet, there is still plenty of time!

Next week is our annual Speak Up America Week. All surveys submitted between December 10th and 14th increase participating schools’ chances of winning conference registrations, memberships and professional development opportunities from some of our national and regional partners! We’ll also be announcing our classroom photo and video challenges and a new student design challenge. Stay tuned!

We also released a new infographic last week on the State of IT in K-12 Schools based on Speak Up data. Headline: Majority of schools worried about network attacks. See more below.

Did you know we added some additional questions to Speak Up about school safety? Link to the blog post with more information is below.

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: December 10th-14th!

Speak Up America Week kicks off on Monday, December 10th! Thanks to our state and national Speak Up partners, we can again offer 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 anonymity of Speak Up responses.

First round of winning educators will be announced during Speak Up America , check out our social media to find out who the winners are on Monday 12/10, Wednesday 12/12 (Speak Up Day) and Friday 12/14! The final round during Speak Up Appreciation Week (week of Jan. 14).

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

Note: Speak Up Appreciation Week is coming up in January with additional chances to win conference registrations.

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Speak Up America Week Blog/Video Challenges

This year we are introducing our Blog/Vlog challenges, these challenge are meant for students and principals to interact with new mediums; we want to hear from students on what they predict is the future of learning. What do they envision school will be like in 2025! We also want to hear from principals as to what they learned from their 2017 Speak Up data.

Submissions entries are open 12/10/18-1/11/19.

Winners will be announced during Speak Up Appreciation Week 1/14-1/18/19

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Majority of School District Administrators Fear Network Attacks

As Schools Shift to the Cloud, Security and Training Is Needed

As schools continue to move data and content to the cloud and implement more mobile devices, the danger of student data being hacked continues to be a concern among administrators, according to data just released the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning. The research was conducted in collaboration between Project Tomorrow, a leading national education nonprofit, and iboss, the leader in cloud security.

Last fall, Project Tomorrow asked district administrators and school and district technology leaders around the country about data privacy concerns and the current use of cloud computing among students and teachers. School systems across the country are experiencing a digital transformation, with students and staff increasingly bringing smartphones to school and connecting them to their schools’ Wi-Fi networks. Students are leveraging more online content and social media for communication than ever before while school’s administrators face the challenge of securing students whose data is now across multiple clouds and being accessed from mobile devices at school and at home and who are at risk of harming themselves or others.

The data analysis was also released in a new infographic, “The State of K-12 IT: Findings from the Speak Up 2017 Research Project” by Project Tomorrow and iboss.

Click here to view the entire press release.

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Speak Up About School Safety

For the first time in our 15-year history, Speak Up includes a detailed set of questions on this year’s parent and administrator surveys about the physical safety and mental health supports in schools today. We have asked about online safety and data privacy for years, but given the focus of school leaders on what additional safety measures they should take to protect students and teachers, we have expanded that set of questions.

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Have you Spoken
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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 ext. 17.

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 | The School Superintendent’s Association, 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 | State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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