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June 10, 2020

Project Tomorrow June News: Webinars, New Survey On Voice-Enabled Assistants And Much More!!!

An item from the folks behind the Speak Up Survey.

June 8, 2020

We Stand in Solidarity

Project Tomorrow is in solidarity with the voices of change against the inherent racism, prejudice, and inequities in our society after the tragic murder of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breonna Taylor, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others at the hands of law enforcement.

Though we are pained by the impetus for the protests, we are especially proud that so many young people, including elementary, middle, and high school children and youth, are engaging at various levels in addressing the evil ramifications of inequity in their communities. The work of Project Tomorrow, now spanning over 24 years, has always been grounded in two key principles: the critical importance of respecting and listening to the authentic ideas and lived experiences of K-12 students, and an unwavering commitment to ensuring that all students, regardless of race, gender, culture, creed, or home zip code, have access to a high quality education that can prepare each and every one to become a leader, an innovator and an engaged citizen of the world.

From the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley, from Santa Ana to Detroit, from New York City to Seattle, we bear witness and report each year though our research and programs on the immense potential power of technology tools in particular to amplify the voices of change, to connect communities around shared values, and to address the insidious but too often hidden inequities in our education system. We hold sacred our mission-driven responsibility to empower and enable K-12 students from all communities to speak up about the inequities they see in their schools and communities, to speak up about their concerns for their future, and to speak up about their ideas for new solutions to address the long overdue problems of our society. Our K-12 students are our future and their ideas for addressing the critical issues of racism, prejudice, and inequity matter deeply to us, and should matter deeply to every education, policy, and business leader as well. We therefore will double down on our efforts to share the creative ideas and real-world experiences of today’s students as collected through our research and programs with the nation’s leaders at all levels to stimulate change. But we believe that we can do more, we can do better, and we can do our best when we work collectively with you, our valued partners.

Your work supporting K-12 students, both during the recent school closures and with this current national call for change, is an inspiration to us every day. Please let us know what we can do today and tomorrow to support your efforts within your community. We stand with you.

-Julie A. Evans, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

New Resources and Events

Upcoming Online Events:

June 11th: Join us at EdWeek’s Online Summit: Participate in an online chat facilitated by Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow with school and district leaders sharing insights on school closures and the future.

June 18th: As part of our continuing District Exchange Series in partnership with iboss, we present to you The Birthplace of Public Education in the Nation: Boston Public Schools Share Their COVID-19 Journey. Dr. Evans will facilitate a discussion with Boston Public Schools’ Chief Information Officer Mark Racine on his district’s transition to digital learning.

June 23rd: Dr. Evans is a featured speaker at the Ready for Anything Institute virtual seminar. The goal of this event is to bring together diverse speakers and leaders to spark conversation about how to improve education and reflect on current shutdowns and opportunity gaps.

New Resources:

New research project: Share your ideas about the potential value and/or pitfalls of using voice-enabled assistants in the classroom. Learn about the views of your stakeholders on this topic also.

New infographic: Impact of Remote E-Learning on K-12 Teachers’ Professional Learning Needs

Read below for more details…

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Education Week Online Summit: Room 12

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Join us in our virtual Room 12 to participate in an online chat with our guests, school and district leaders who will share their insights and talk about plans for school in 2020-21.

Taking Learning Online: Exploring Your Experiences and Insights
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Time: 10:00 am PT || 1:00 pm ET
Register Here to Attend for FREE

Moderated by: Dr. Julie A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Project Tomorrow is honored to be a part of this year’s Education Week’s Online Summit. The goal of this year’s summit is to hear from experts to examine how massive school closures caused by CoronaVirus and the rapid transition to remote learning across the country is reshaping the role and use of technology in schools now and for years to come.

Data from the Speak Up Research Initiative indicates since March 2020
– 48% more teachers now say that they want to learn how to implement a blended class
– 70% more teachers now say they want to learn how to create teaching videos
– Teacher interest in learning how to teach online double in 8 weeks

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iboss Webinar: Boston Public Schools

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The Birthplace of Public Education in the Nation
Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET
Register Now

Featuring: Mark Racine, Chief Information Officer, Boston Public Schools,
Moderated by: Dr. Julie A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Stay at home learning became the reality for schools nationwide during school closures. In this latest edition of the District Exchange webinar series, we are featuring Boston Public Schools, known famously as the birthplace of public education in the nation, and their response to the school closures in their district. Mark Racine, Chief Information Officer of Boston Public Schools will share how their IT team supported the transition from real time to virtual learning across a district comprised of over 125 schools.

Join us for this exclusive webinar to hear directly about the Boston COVID- 19 journey from Mark Racine and learn more about how his team was able to provide a smooth transition to a digital classroom.

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Ready for Anything Institute

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On June 23 from 10-12 PST/1-3pm EST, Project Tomorrow will be joining other collaborators to support a Ready for Anything Virtual Institute. Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, is a featured speaker at this event.

The goal of the Institute is to bring together a coalition of diverse minds and voices to spark deeper conversations in these uncertain times about how to truly make education the great equalizer. Between shutdowns and persistent opportunity gaps, honest discussions and critical reflection can play a vital role in how we spawn action, change lives and start movements.

Collaboration between experts and leaders who understand what schools are facing during these unpredictable times and what they will need in a post COVID world provides an active platform for sharing, discussion, and reaction to these unique circumstances.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

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Voice-enabled Assistants in the Classroom: What do you think?

Project Tomorrow is initiating a new research project to explore the potential use of voice-enabled assistants to support student learning (at home and at school) and classroom management. We are increasingly seeing teachers who are using these tools (Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant) in their classrooms. With this new project, we will be exploring the pros and cons associated with using these tools in the classroom and the benefits and challenges for students and teachers. We have seeking input from parents, teachers and school principals on a short online survey. Please share with your stakeholders and we will share that local feedback with you. The survey will only take 15 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. Thank you for your support of this interesting new research project.

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Stat of the Month: EdTech Industry News

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We are honored to partner with edWeekly and contribute each month a Stat of the Month to their edFocus: EdTech Industry News!

For the month of June we have created an infographic on “The Impact of Remote E-Learning on K-12 Teachers’ Professional Learning Needs” that shows the results of school closures and the adoption of E-Learning due to the COVID-19 crisis. Teachers are increasingly tapping into webinars and online conferences for their own self-directed professional learning, and say they need more professional learning on a wide range of digital learning tools.

Be sure to check out their newsletter HERE.

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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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May 26, 2020

IBOSS WEBINAR: Boston Public Schools Share Their COVID-19 Journey

And from the folks at Project Tomorrow.

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Project Tomorrow is pleased to invite you to out upcoming webinar as part of our continuing District Exchange series with iboss.

The Birthplace of Public Education in the Nation: Cross: Boston Public Schools Share Their COVID-19 Journey
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET
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Featuring: Mark Racine, Chief Information Officer, Boston Public Schools,
Moderated by: Dr. Julie A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Stay at home learning has become the reality for schools nationwide. Evidently, many districts have struggled to rapidly adjust to these changes. Boston Public Schools, known famously as the birthplace of public education in the nation, is responding to the COVID 19 pandemic with Chief Information Officer, Mark Racine. Through the leadership of their IT Team, they have been effective at equipping their community for the transition from real time to virtual learning across a district comprised of over 125 schools throughout the Boston metropolitan area. Join us for this exclusive webinar training to hear directly about the Boston COVID- 19 journey from Mark Racine and learn more about how his team was able to to provide district wide tech preparedness in order to make the smooth transition to a digital classroom.

To reserve your virtual seat:

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May 17, 2020

Upcoming IBoss Webinar 5/21: Carlsbad Unified School District’s Chromebook Journey

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 which is part of our continuing District Exchange series with iboss.

Carlsbad Unified School District’s Chromebook Journey: Cross Organizational Strategy, COVID 19 Ready, and Futureproofing for the New Norm
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET
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Featuring: Administrators from Carlsbad USD
Moderated by: Dr. Julie A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

In light of recent school closures, many districts have scrambled to find ways to effectively continue education. For years, Carlsbad Unified School District has been a California leader in effective Chromebook adoption across the students they serve. This tech preparedness is exactly what helped them engage and connect with students during the COVID 19 crisis. It allowed students to access digital content and communicate with teachers and classmates using a safe and secure platform. As easy it may sound, district leaders know that there is a great deal of complexity to making it happen for your district. Join us for this exclusive webinar to learn exactly how Carlsbad used Chromebooks to advance learning among their students through a cross organizational strategy, designed to future-proof the districts instructional technology capability – now and beyond the COVID19 crisis.

To reserve your virtual seat:

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May 5, 2020

Speak Up May Newsletter Upcoming Webinars And Much More…

A newsletter from the Project Tomorrow folks.

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Hello Friends and Colleagues,

Our thoughts are with all of you during this challenging times. Your strong commitment to your students and your community is an inspiration for our work. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help you in any way. Thank you for your leadership.

To support your work, we are continuing to identify and create resources that we think are meaningful and appropriate for this time and our Speak Up Network. We are pleased to share these updates with you today:

1. Online Learning During COVID-19: Data, Stories, and Tips from the School Front Lines. Join us for this special edWeb webinar on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET. We are excited to be facilitating this discussion with our friends at Blackboard.

2. Carlsbad Unified School Districts’ Chromebook Journey. This new webinar facilitated in conjunction is part of our continuing District Exchange series with iboss will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET.

3. New lesson plans from Project Tomorrow that support the exploration of “student voice and choice” during remote e-learning.

4. Join us every Friday at 12 noon PT/3 pm ET for our Speak Up Leaders’ discussion with our CEO, Dr. Julie A. Evans. Drop in to share your ideas or pick up new tips from your peers around the country.

In case you missed it…

Speak Up Planning Survey for Schools and Districts: Needs for Remote Online Learning
Parent Survey Tool – E-learning at Home
Infographic- Are Our K-12 Students Ready For Virtual or Online Learning at Home?
New thematic report template for your 2019-20 Speak Up data

-The Project Tomorrow Team

Continue Reading for More Details…

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New Speak Up Webinar on edWeb

Monday, May 11th 12:00pm PT/ 3:00pm ET

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K-12 education has transformed in the last two months. Due to the COVID 19 epidemic, every district and school has had to rapidly adjust to digital, at home learning to continue education. The pace, tools, and resources available for making this change differ from state to state and school to school. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow has been talking to parents, students, and educators about the impacts of going digital and the findings are alarming. Join us May 11th at 3pm Eastern Time, to hear her findings, early data, and stories from schools across the country. We’ll also share 10 action-oriented tips for how to make the transition to a digital classroom from former teacher and current Blackboard Solutions Engineer, Chris O’Neal.

Presenter(s):
Project Tomorrow: Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow
Blackboard: Chris O’Neal, Blackboard Solutions Engineer

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Project Tomorrow – iboss District Exchange Webinar

Thursday, May 21st 12:00 PT/ 3:00 ET

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Over the course of the last few years, Carlsbad has led the way in California in the execution of Chromebook adoption across the students they serve. Their tech preparedness has helped them stay connected and engaged with their student population throughout recent school closures. Learn how Carlsbad used Chromebooks to advance learning among their students through a cross organizational strategy, designed to future-proof the districts instructional technology capability – now and beyond the COVID19 crisis.

Presenter(s):
Project Tomorrow: Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow
Carlsbad USD: Joseph Hartman, Director of Assessment and Technology
iboss: Peter Martini, President of iboss & Joe Cosmano, SVP of Engineering Services

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Student Voice and Choice Lesson Plans During School Closures

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Facilitating Speak Up

Speak Up provides a great opportunity for school and district leaders to hear directly from their students about key education trends. Student voice and choice about learning is more important than ever. To help support discussions that empower student voice, we have created a new set of lesson plans for students in elementary, middle and high school that are especially designed for facilitation during remote e-learning. Each lesson contains instructions for administering the Speak Up survey, discussion prompts, collaborative activities and extension activities for use with your students. Please feel free to share these with your teachers. We would be happy to provide additional support as needed. Just let us know!

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Speak Up Leader Discussion Series

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Project Tomorrow believes strongly in the power of leaders sharing with other leaders especially in challenging times. Our gut instinct is that you may believe in that also and that is why we are inviting you to participate in our new Speak Up Leaders discussions. Every Friday at 12 noon PT, 1 pm MT, 2 pm CT and 3 pm ET, Dr. Julie A. Evans will be hosting a weekly schedule of open Zoom meetings to provide a casual, small group forum for leaders in our top Speak Up participating districts to highlight concerns, share ideas and brainstorm solutions about school closures, continuity of learning, the role of digital learning or the impact on all of this on the future of education. Our goals are very simple – to provide a way for like-minded, innovative education leaders who value the role of digital learning in education to share experiences, expertise and insights to help each other. Dr. Evans commitment is to follow your lead as the discussion facilitator – we will discuss topics that are top of mind for the participants during this COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Our only ask if that if there are specific things that Project Tomorrow can do to help you, please share those during the discussion as well.

The Speak Up Leaders discussions will take place on Zoom every Friday at 12 noon PT, 1 pm MT, 2 pm CT and 3 pm ET. The forum will be open for an hour – you can join in for the full time frame or just when it makes sense for you. There is no obligation to participate every week but we hope that you will find these discussions valuable and a good use of your time.

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In case you missed it…

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Speak Up Planning Survey for Schools and Districts: Needs for Remote Online Learning

As you may have heard or read, it is anticipated that the US Congress and many state governments are going to consider new funding to support the school and district investments to provide continuity of learning in their communities impacted by COVID-19. Lots of people are providing suggestions as to what that new funding (which some are anticipating as $2 billion) should include. But few are talking directly to school and district leaders about your specific needs. As you know, at Project Tomorrow, our mission is built around listening to the authentic voices of K-12 stakeholders just like you. We are therefore pleased and honored to present this special survey to you as a way to infuse your voice directly into these current discussions.

The focus of this short survey is the following: What are your infrastructure and organizational needs to support remote online learning with your students? Please share your insights through this 5 minute survey and we will promise two things for you:

1. We will share the aggregated data with policymakers in Washington DC and in the states who are considering new funding to support schools and districts during the COVID-19 crisis, and
2. We will provide you with the comparative Speak Up data report on the responses from your peers and colleagues in your state and nationwide. It is our goal that the Speak Up data from this short survey will have a double ROI – helping to ensure that the new funding meets the real needs of schools and districts, and that the comparative data helps enhance your local planning and decision-making.
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Parent Survey Tool – E-learning at Home

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It is hard to make the best decisions if you don’t have good data. We all know that the implementation of e-learning from home is much more complicated than many people think. Do our students have the tools and environment at home to support effective learning? What are parents’ concerns about this “school at home” situation? And what do you need to have in place to support all students? Whether you have already closed your schools (for the short or longer term) or are thinking about it, this new Speak Up survey will help you collect valid feedback from your parent community. The survey is short (only 10 minutes to complete), parents can use a smartphone to respond, and we will provide you with all local data plus state and national comparative data. As always, we have leveraged our expertise in how to ask the right questions for the right audiences in this new survey tool. No need to use your precious staff time to create a survey or to call parents to get this information. We have done all of the work for you. All you have to do is share our online link with your parents and we will do the rest. As with all Speak Up surveys, this is our mission-driven work and there are absolutely no fees or costs to use our surveys ever. Added bonus: having your parents complete this survey will help us inform federal and state policymakers about the need for potential additional funding or new policies to support e-learning at home.

Share this link with your parents today.
Read our blog announcement

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Are Our K-12 Students Ready For Virtual or Online Learning at Home?

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As many school districts are moving to e-learning during this crisis, we wondered about the readiness of students for this type of online or virtual learning at home. We analyzed the national Speak Up Research Findings from 464,629 K-12 students, parents, educators and community members from both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years to create this new infographic about student readiness for online or virtual learning at home. Specifically, we looked at three factors:

•Students’ experiences using technology in school for learning (as a predictor of future success at home)
•Students’ positive feelings about virtual or online learning
•Students’ access to technology outside of school

How can you use this infographic today in your community?

Three recommendations:

1. Use it to inform your school board, civic leaders, parent community and business community about students’ readiness to continue learning at home.
2. Use it to jumpstart important discussions within your school community about student readiness and in particular, students’ out of school access to technology.
3. Use it as context for seeking new funds to support your e-learning at home initiatives – from local foundations, business community or even potential state or federal grants.

Another idea for you! Would you like this infographic customized with your local data? Contact us for how we can help with that.

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Thematic Report template- Now Available!

All schools and districts who registered for Speak up 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 the *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 2019-2020 reports: 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.

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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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April 14, 2020

Join Us On Thursday, April 23rd: COVID19 – iboss Responds With In-Kind Security To Protect Student Devices While Off Campus Webinar And Much More…

A newsletter from the folks at Project Tomorrow.

April 13, 2020

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

Th Project Tomorrow team is excited to announce some big news from our friends at iboss! Join us on Thursday, April 23th at 12pm PT/3pm ET to learn how the iboss cloud platform can enhance student learning while maintaining the highest level of security. iboss is offering FREE* Security to Protect Student Devices While Off-Campus! *Terms and Conditions Apply

Project Tomorrow wants to hear from you! What are your infrastructure and organizational needs to support remote online learning with your students? We have created a 5min survey: Speak Up Planning Survey for Schools and Districts: Needs for Remote Online Learning participate now!

Continue reading for more details…

-The Project Tomorrow Team

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Join us on Thursday, April 23rd

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COVID19 – iboss Responds with In-Kind Security to Protect Student Devices While Off Campus
Thursday, April 23rd
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET
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Featuring: iboss President + iboss SVP of Engineering Services
Moderated by: Dr. Julie A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Join iboss and Project Tomorrow on April 23rd at 3:00 pm EST to learn how the iboss cloud platform can enhance student learning while maintaining the highest level of security.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, remote online student learning has become the new reality. iboss is committed to providing the necessary resources for school districts during this crisis to help delivered safe internet access and prepare kids for successful distance learning. Now through July 1, 2020, iboss will provide its cloud security for iOS, MacBook’s, Windows and Chromebooks at no cost.*

Extend CIPA compliance in the cloud for any student on any device with iboss cloud, the only cybersecurity solution serving the U.S. public education community that holds the highest industry certifications ensuring your students and their data are safe.

Register today to join district leaders and cybersecurity experts to learn the ease of enrolling any device to iboss cloud.

*Terms and Conditions Apply

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Now through July 1, 2020, iboss will provide its cloud security for iOS, MacBook’s, Windows and Chromebooks AT NO COST!*

COVID19- iboss Responds with In-Kind Security to Protect Student Devices Off Campus

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, remote online student learning has become the new reality. iboss is privileged to serve thousands of school districts and regional and state education service centers across the U.S. during this difficult time in an effort to support our K-12 family. Now through July 1, 2020, iboss will provide its cloud security for iOS, MacBook’s, Windows and Chromebooks at no cost.*

iboss is the only cybersecurity platform serving the U.S. public education community that holds industry security certifications.

Extend CIPA compliance in the cloud for any student on any device with iboss cloud!

*Terms and Conditions Apply

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Speak Up Planning Survey for Schools and Districts: Needs for Remote Online Learning

As you may have heard or read, it is anticipated that the US Congress and many state governments are going to consider new funding to support the school and district investments to provide continuity of learning in their communities impacted by COVID-19. Lots of people are providing suggestions as to what that new funding (which some are anticipating as $2 billion) should include. But few are talking directly to school and district leaders about your specific needs. As you know, at Project Tomorrow, our mission is built around listening to the authentic voices of K-12 stakeholders just like you. We are therefore pleased and honored to present this special survey to you as a way to infuse your voice directly into these current discussions.

The focus of this short survey is the following: What are your infrastructure and organizational needs to support remote online learning with your students? Please share your insights through this 5 minute survey and we will promise two things for you:

1. We will share the aggregated data with policymakers in Washington DC and in the states who are considering new funding to support schools and districts during the COVID-19 crisis, and
2. We will provide you with the comparative Speak Up data report on the responses from your peers and colleagues in your state and nationwide. It is our goal that the Speak Up data from this short survey will have a double ROI – helping to ensure that the new funding meets the real needs of schools and districts, and that the comparative data helps enhance your local planning and decision-making.
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In case you missed it…

Parent Survey Tool – E-learning at Home

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It is hard to make the best decisions if you don’t have good data. We all know that the implementation of e-learning from home is much more complicated than many people think. Do our students have the tools and environment at home to support effective learning? What are parents’ concerns about this “school at home” situation? And what do you need to have in place to support all students? Whether you have already closed your schools (for the short or longer term) or are thinking about it, this new Speak Up survey will help you collect valid feedback from your parent community. The survey is short (only 10 minutes to complete), parents can use a smartphone to respond, and we will provide you with all local data plus state and national comparative data. As always, we have leveraged our expertise in how to ask the right questions for the right audiences in this new survey tool. No need to use your precious staff time to create a survey or to call parents to get this information. We have done all of the work for you. All you have to do is share our online link with your parents and we will do the rest. As with all Speak Up surveys, this is our mission-driven work and there are absolutely no fees or costs to use our surveys ever. Added bonus: having your parents complete this survey will help us inform federal and state policymakers about the need for potential additional funding or new policies to support e-learning at home.

Share this link with your parents today.
Read our blog announcement

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Are Our K-12 Students Ready For Virtual or Online Learning at Home?

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As many school districts are moving to e-learning during this crisis, we wondered about the readiness of students for this type of online or virtual learning at home. We analyzed the national Speak Up Research Findings from 464,629 K-12 students, parents, educators and community members from both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years to create this new infographic about student readiness for online or virtual learning at home. Specifically, we looked at three factors:

•Students’ experiences using technology in school for learning (as a predictor of future success at home)
•Students’ positive feelings about virtual or online learning
•Students’ access to technology outside of school

How can you use this infographic today in your community?

Three recommendations:

1. Use it to inform your school board, civic leaders, parent community and business community about students’ readiness to continue learning at home.
2. Use it to jumpstart important discussions within your school community about student readiness and in particular, students’ out of school access to technology.
3. Use it as context for seeking new funds to support your e-learning at home initiatives – from local foundations, business community or even potential state or federal grants.

Another idea for you! Would you like this infographic customized with your local data? Contact us for how we can help with that.

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What Really Works – Professional Learning for School and District Leaders

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This series of professional learning experiences for school and district leaders will focus on key challenges you are facing right now today and how to plan for solutions for the next school year. Each mini-webinar (only 30-45 minutes) will include relevant Speak Up research results and a school or district leader sharing their ideas and insights on the identified challenge. Focus will be on highly interactive discussion allowing for in depth Q&A and peer to peer sharing.

Our schedule is still being finalized but we expect to host the first What Really Works mini-webinar during the week of April 6. We would love your input on the challenges you are facing right now – and would like to see covered in this new series from Project Tomorrow. Please fill out the below Google form to share your thoughts. Also let us know if you would like to be a share your insights as a guest presenter with our CEO, Dr. Julie A. Evans.

Here is our preliminary list of mini-webinar themes:

How districts are addressing the Homework Gap – what really works?
Using social media tools to communicate effectively with parents – what really works?
Beyond Kahoot, how can games redefining education and assessment – what really works?
Role of YouTube and other online videos sites in education – what really works?
New learning models – blended, project-based, mobile – what really works?
Online PD for teachers – what really works?

Stay tuned for a special announcement on the What Really Works schedule!

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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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