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October 17, 2020

Invitation to the 2020 Speak Up Virtual Congressional Briefing – October 21, 2020

Note this event coming up this week.

Speak Up Congressional Briefing – 2019/20 National Research Findings

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We are pleased to invite you to participate in our annual Speak Up Congressional Briefing which for the first time is being hosted by edWeb as a virtual event. The Briefing will include a review of key findings from the Speak Up Research Project results from the 2019/20 school year and a panel discussion with elementary, middle and high school students from around the country. This year’s Speak Up findings are particularly interesting because we will be sharing insights from data collected from over 136,000 K-12 students, teachers, parents and administrators both before and during the school building closure period.

Speak Up data evidence will be shared that highlights how the sudden shift to remote e-learning in spring 2020 not only changed school formats and school-home connections, but also fundamentally shifted teacher, parent and student beliefs and attitudes about educational efficacy, the value of technology within instruction, and aspirations for new learning environments. This new evidence has wide-ranging implications for K-12 education for this school year and beyond. We hope that you will participate in this important discussion to share your insights as well.

Digital Learning during the Pandemic:
Emerging Evidence of an Education Transformation
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
9 am PT, 10 am MT, 11 am CT, 12 noon ET
Please register for this event here: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/21c20201021/
Registration for this special event is limited to 1000.

Dr. Julie A. Evans, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, will share the Speak Up data findings and facilitate a lively conversation with our student panel of experts. The Briefing will also include remarks from FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Christina Fleming from Blackboard. All registered participants will gain access to a special online portfolio of briefing materials including a new national Speak Up report to be released at the Briefing along with other key Speak Up reports and infographics released this year.

It is the nonprofit mission of Project Tomorrow to help education and policy leaders at all levels make better decisions that address equity issues in education and stimulate greater innovation in learning. For this year, we feel the call of that mission more deeply than ever before. Please share this email, our social media posts @SpeakUpEdand this registration link with your colleagues and peers so that they may be able to learn from and contribute to this important work as well.

To learn more about Project Tomorrow and the Speak Up Research Project please visit us at tomorrow.org

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us!

Thank you and we hope to see you online on October 21, 2020 for this year’s Speak Up 2020 Virtual Congressional Briefing.

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Project Tomorrow is re-framing our Speak Up Research Project for the 2020-21 school year to be more responsive to the needs of our participating schools and districts nationwide in these challenging times. We look forward to helping education leaders translate the voices and ideas of your stakeholders into actionable knowledge that can inform your plans and help you make better decisions.

New Speak Up surveys for schools and districts: to collect feedback from your K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

▪ Shorter surveys
▪ Easier to use
▪ Still no costs to participate – open to all K-12 schools and districts
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Focus on the impact of digital learning – in school and at home
▪ Surveys open for your use from November 9 – May 28, 2021
▪ New tools to help you use the feedback data more effectively to make decisions
▪ Learn more here: (need to update page for this info)

Introduction of new Speak Up program: Speak Up Select – for a select set of schools and districts who need customized survey tools for their stakeholder feedback

▪ We will develop for your school or district three fully customized surveys for your own use
▪ You pick the audience and the topics – we will do the question and survey development for you
▪ Entire turnkey process facilitated by Project Tomorrow – no costs to you
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Only available this year for 25 schools or districts nationwide – first come, first serve
▪ Interested in learning more? Fill out this interest form!
▪ To be considered, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org

***

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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September 30, 2020

September 29 Project Tomorrow NEWS: Tomorrows Webinar and Congressional Briefing!!!

A newsletter from the folks behind the annual Speak Up survey.

September 29, 2020

Headline News!

Webinar Tomorrow:
▪ September 30: A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning

Upcoming Event:
Speak Up Congressional Briefing – October 21
▪ Virtual Briefing this year: opportunities for students to participate from across the country

Tell me more….

Speak Up Research Project

Planning for 2020-21 school year:
▪ New Speak Up surveys open on November 9th!
▪ Want to join Speak Up Select? Totally customized surveys for 25 K-12 schools or districts at no cost to you!

New reports and resources

▪ 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series: two reports available now
▪ Remote E-Learning at Home resources

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management

-The Project Tomorrow Team

***

Webinar Tomorrow: September 30 at 12 noon PT, 3 pm ET

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A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning from the classroom to Zoom and back

Maximizing effective instruction across physical and digital environments is key to meeting student learning goals during an uncertain school year. Educators and students alike had to learn on their feet last spring as classrooms made the sudden shift to remote learning. A proven instructional practice that worked in the physical classroom may not have translated well to Zoom. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the current paradigm shift in differentiating digital content and resources to support student learning, whether that happens in person or in hybrid or remote settings. Teachers’ ability to adopt and adapt to new instructional practices will be crucial to ensuring that student learning continues.

▪ What strategies can teachers embrace to make the most of precious classroom time?
▪ What activities are best suited to a virtual environment, particularly when in-person learning time is limited?
▪ How do you create a seamless transition between the two?

Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, and Dr. Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning and Innovation at BrainPOP, will facilitate a timely conversation with three K-8 school principals and a district leader who are re-imagining the use of digital content based on lessons learned last spring. Educators will come away with fresh insights and practical ideas to become even more effective and agile this school year.

Panelists include:

Dr. Brooke Morgan, Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Talladega County Schools (AL)
Brian Dishman, Chief Academic Officer at Wayne County Schools (KY)
Ben Gilpin, Elementary School Principal in Western School District (MI)
Brenda Hall, Executive Director, Southern California Professional Development Federation (CA)
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Upcoming Event

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Speak Up Congressional Briefing – 2019/20 National Research Findings

Virtual Event hosted by edWeb

October 21 at 9 am PT, 12 noon ET

Each year since 2004, Project Tomorrow has hosted a Congressional Briefing in Washington DC to share the national findings from our research. We bring the voices of K-12 students, parents, educators and community members to Capitol Hill to be sure our policymakers are hearing directly from those most impacted by national education policy. The event includes the release of our national Speak Up report.

But this year’s Congressional Briefing will be different! The COVID19 pandemic has provided us with the impetus to open up this event to be more inclusive. For the first time, our Speak Up Congressional Briefing will be an virtual event so all that anyone who cares about K-12 education can participate from all around the county and the world.

In addition to sharing the research findings, the highlight of every Speak Up Congressional Briefing is the panel of students who tell their own stories about the role of digital tools, content and resources within their learning lives. Those insights are more important this year than ever due to the sudden shift to digital learning in spring 2020. The 2020 virtual panel of students will include elementary, middle and high school students from cities and towns across America.

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Tell me more…

Speak Up Research Project

SU 2020-21

Project Tomorrow is re-framing our Speak Up Research Project for the 2020-21 school year to be more responsive to the needs of our participating schools and districts nationwide in these challenging times. We look forward to helping education leaders translate the voices and ideas of your stakeholders into actionable knowledge that can inform your plans and help you make better decisions.

New Speak Up surveys for schools and districts: to collect feedback from your K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

▪ Shorter surveys
▪ Easier to use
▪ Still no costs to participate – open to all K-12 schools and districts
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Focus on the impact of digital learning – in school and at home
▪ Surveys open for your use from November 9 – May 28, 2021
▪ New tools to help you use the feedback data more effectively to make decisions
▪ Learn more here: (need to update page for this info)

Introduction of new Speak Up program: Speak Up Select – for a select set of schools and districts who need customized survey tools for their stakeholder feedback

▪ We will develop for your school or district three fully customized surveys for your own use
▪ You pick the audience and the topics – we will do the question and survey development for you
▪ Entire turnkey process facilitated by Project Tomorrow – no costs to you
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Only available this year for 25 schools or districts nationwide – first come, first serve
▪ Interested in learning more? Fill out this interest form!
▪ To be considered, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org by September 30

***

New reports and resources

90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series – a collaborative project with Blackboard. Two reports available now!

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: The Shift to Digital Learning
The cavalcade of school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the sudden and unplanned shift in the delivery mechanism for instruction, from primarily face-to-face, in-classroom instruction to digital learning facilitated over the Internet from home. Almost overnight, technology tools became the principal instrument for enabling the continuity of learning for students across the country. It also goes without saying that the roughly 90 days of school closures most likely forever changed our expectations for teaching and learning in K-12 education, and most certainly has shone a new spotlight on the role of digital tools, content and resources within the learning experience.

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: Spotlight on Equity in Learning
The sudden and unplanned move to remote e-learning resulted in a spotlight on the challenges to ensure that every student has appropriate, safe and consistent access to digital tools and resources to support learning outside of school. But creating equity in learning environments is about more than provisioning a Chromebook and a Wifi hotspot to a family. Equity in access to quality teaching and learning matters too.

***
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The E-Learning from Home Experience – Research and Data Collection Tools from Project Tomorrow

To support the current needs of K-12 schools and districts during the COVID19 pandemic, we have assembled a comprehensive set of resources on home connectivity and remote learning to help K-12 school and district leaders understand the readiness and impact of at home e-learning on their students, parents and families. Our set of resources include reports, infographics, webinar recordings, presentations and tools for local data collection to help education leaders make key decisions and investments for the school year no matter whether their back-to-school format is fully online, fully face-to-face on premises, or a hybrid blend of both. These resources are available for any K-12 school or district to use.

Resources include:
▪Reports and infographics based upon Speak Up Research Findings
▪Webinars and online conference presentations from Project Tomorrow
▪Data collection tools to support the e-learning experience from home

***

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

Project Tomorrow is currently recruiting schools and districts to participate in a variety of research opportunities for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org.

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management

***

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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September 16, 2020

In Case You Missed It… Project Tomorrow September NEWS: Speak Up 2020-21 DATES, Webinars, Reports, And Resources!!!

Note the event tomorrow.

September 16, 2020

Headline News!

Speak Up Research Project

Planning for 2020-21 school year:
▪ New Speak Up surveys open on October 14
▪ Want to join Speak Up Select? Totally customized surveys for 25 K-12 schools or districts at no cost to you

Upcoming events

Webinars:
▪ September 17: K-12 Student and Teacher Communication Works. Here’s How.
▪ September 30: A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning

Speak Up Congressional Briefing – October 21
▪ Virtual Briefing this year: opportunities for students to participate from across the country

New reports and resources

▪ 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series: two reports available now
▪ Remote E-Learning at Home resources

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management

-The Project Tomorrow Team

***

Tell me more…

Speak Up Research Project

SU 2020-21

Project Tomorrow is re-framing our Speak Up Research Project for the 2020-21 school year to be more responsive to the needs of our participating schools and districts nationwide in these challenging times. We look forward to helping education leaders translate the voices and ideas of your stakeholders into actionable knowledge that can inform your plans and help you make better decisions.

New Speak Up surveys for schools and districts: to collect feedback from your K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

▪ Shorter surveys
▪ Easier to use
▪ Still no costs to participate – open to all K-12 schools and districts
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Focus on the impact of digital learning – in school and at home
▪ Surveys open for your use from October 14 – May 28, 2021
▪ New tools to help you use the feedback data more effectively to make decisions
▪ Learn more here: (need to update page for this info)

Introduction of new Speak Up program: Speak Up Select – for a select set of schools and districts who need customized survey tools for their stakeholder feedback

▪ We will develop for your school or district three fully customized surveys for your own use
▪ You pick the audience and the topics – we will do the question and survey development for you
▪ Entire turnkey process facilitated by Project Tomorrow – no costs to you
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Only available this year for 25 schools or districts nationwide – first come, first serve
▪ Interested in learning more? Fill out this interest form!
▪ To be considered, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org by September 30

***

Upcoming events

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K-12 Student and Teacher Communication Works. Here’s How.

Webinar on September 17 at 12 noon PT, 3 pm ET

While schools have long championed the importance of school-to-home communications and encouraged family engagement with local schools, the remote e-learning environment has promoted effective communications from an important goal to an absolute imperative. But what does effective communications mean in this new era of teaching and learning, especially relative to the ongoing dialogue between teacher and student?

In this edWebinar, Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Project Tomorrow, will present new research findings from 110,000 K-12 students nationwide about their preferences and expectations for two-way communications with their teachers. For example, student and teacher texting increased significantly during the sudden shift to digital learning because of COVID-19 school closures. While only 16% of students in grades 6-8 said they regularly texted with their teachers prior to school closures, almost one-third of students reported this was a regular occurrence during school closures. Texting, social media posts, mobile app alerts and personal emails are now all part of the students’ virtual communications backpack with their teachers and schools.

Beyond gaining new understanding of the tools in the backpack, attendees will also acquire new insights around the inherent linkages between effective communications and student success in school.

***

A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning from the classroom to Zoom and back

Webinar on September 30 at 12 noon PT, 3 pm ET

Maximizing effective instruction across physical and digital environments is key to meeting student learning goals during an uncertain school year. Educators and students alike had to learn on their feet last spring as classrooms made the sudden shift to remote learning. A proven instructional practice that worked in the physical classroom may not have translated well to Zoom. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the current paradigm shift in differentiating digital content and resources to support student learning, whether that happens in person or in hybrid or remote settings. Teachers’ ability to adopt and adapt to new instructional practices will be crucial to ensuring that student learning continues.

▪ What strategies can teachers embrace to make the most of precious classroom time?
▪ What activities are best suited to a virtual environment, particularly when in-person learning time is limited?
▪ How do you create a seamless transition between the two?

Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, and Dr. Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning and Innovation at BrainPOP, will facilitate a timely conversation with three K-8 school principals and a district leader who are re-imagining the use of digital content based on lessons learned last spring. Educators will come away with fresh insights and practical ideas to become even more effective and agile this school year.

***

SAVE THE DATE

Speak Up Congressional Briefing – 2019/20 National Research Findings

Virtual Event hosted by edWeb

October 21 at 9 am PT, 12 noon ET

For the first time, the annual Speak Up Congressional Briefing will be 100% virtual providing a unique opportunity to expand participation in this landmark event and to have K-12 students from schools throughout the country be part of our panel discussion. More details will be forthcoming! Save the date now. And if your students would like to be part of the panel discussion, please email Pilar Comparan at pcomparan@tomorrow.org

***

New reports and resources

90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series – a collaborative project with Blackboard. Two reports available now!

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: The Shift to Digital Learning
The cavalcade of school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the sudden and unplanned shift in the delivery mechanism for instruction, from primarily face-to-face, in-classroom instruction to digital learning facilitated over the Internet from home. Almost overnight, technology tools became the principal instrument for enabling the continuity of learning for students across the country. It also goes without saying that the roughly 90 days of school closures most likely forever changed our expectations for teaching and learning in K-12 education, and most certainly has shone a new spotlight on the role of digital tools, content and resources within the learning experience.

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: Spotlight on Equity in Learning
The sudden and unplanned move to remote e-learning resulted in a spotlight on the challenges to ensure that every student has appropriate, safe and consistent access to digital tools and resources to support learning outside of school. But creating equity in learning environments is about more than provisioning a Chromebook and a Wifi hotspot to a family. Equity in access to quality teaching and learning matters too.

***
DigitalEquityMonth-Sep2020

The E-Learning from Home Experience – Research and Data Collection Tools from Project Tomorrow

To support the current needs of K-12 schools and districts during the COVID19 pandemic, we have assembled a comprehensive set of resources on home connectivity and remote learning to help K-12 school and district leaders understand the readiness and impact of at home e-learning on their students, parents and families. Our set of resources include reports, infographics, webinar recordings, presentations and tools for local data collection to help education leaders make key decisions and investments for the school year no matter whether their back-to-school format is fully online, fully face-to-face on premises, or a hybrid blend of both. These resources are available for any K-12 school or district to use.

Resources include:
▪Reports and infographics based upon Speak Up Research Findings
▪Webinars and online conference presentations from Project Tomorrow
▪Data collection tools to support the e-learning experience from home

***

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

Project Tomorrow is currently recruiting schools and districts to participate in a variety of research opportunities for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org.

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management

***

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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September 4, 2020

Project Tomorrow September NEWS: Speak Up 2020-21 DATES, Webinars, Reports, And Resources!!!

An item from the folks behind the Speak Up Survey.

September 2, 2020

Headline News!

Speak Up Research Project

Planning for 2020-21 school year:
▪ New Speak Up surveys open on October 14
▪ Want to join Speak Up Select? Totally customized surveys for 25 K-12 schools or districts at no cost to you

Upcoming events

Webinars:
▪ September 17: K-12 Student and Teacher Communication Works. Here’s How.
▪ September 30: A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning

Speak Up Congressional Briefing – October 21
▪ Virtual Briefing this year: opportunities for students to participate from across the country

New reports and resources

▪ 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series: two reports available now
▪ Remote E-Learning at Home resources

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management

-The Project Tomorrow Team

***

Tell me more…

Speak Up Research Project

SU 2020-21

Project Tomorrow is re-framing our Speak Up Research Project for the 2020-21 school year to be more responsive to the needs of our participating schools and districts nationwide in these challenging times. We look forward to helping education leaders translate the voices and ideas of your stakeholders into actionable knowledge that can inform your plans and help you make better decisions.

New Speak Up surveys for schools and districts: to collect feedback from your K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

▪ Shorter surveys
▪ Easier to use
▪ Still no costs to participate – open to all K-12 schools and districts
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Focus on the impact of digital learning – in school and at home
▪ Surveys open for your use from October 14 – May 28, 2021
▪ New tools to help you use the feedback data more effectively to make decisions
▪ Learn more here: (need to update page for this info)

Introduction of new Speak Up program: Speak Up Select – for a select set of schools and districts who need customized survey tools for their stakeholder feedback

▪ We will develop for your school or district three fully customized surveys for your own use
▪ You pick the audience and the topics – we will do the question and survey development for you
▪ Entire turnkey process facilitated by Project Tomorrow – no costs to you
▪ Leverages Project Tomorrow expertise in effective data collection and analysis
▪ Only available this year for 25 schools or districts nationwide – first come, first serve
▪ Interested in learning more? Fill out this interest form!
▪ To be considered, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org by September 30

***

Upcoming events

20200917 engagement-event

K-12 Student and Teacher Communication Works. Here’s How.

Webinar on September 17 at 12 noon PT, 3 pm ET

While schools have long championed the importance of school-to-home communications and encouraged family engagement with local schools, the remote e-learning environment has promoted effective communications from an important goal to an absolute imperative. But what does effective communications mean in this new era of teaching and learning, especially relative to the ongoing dialogue between teacher and student?

In this edWebinar, Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Project Tomorrow, will present new research findings from 110,000 K-12 students nationwide about their preferences and expectations for two-way communications with their teachers. For example, student and teacher texting increased significantly during the sudden shift to digital learning because of COVID-19 school closures. While only 16% of students in grades 6-8 said they regularly texted with their teachers prior to school closures, almost one-third of students reported this was a regular occurrence during school closures. Texting, social media posts, mobile app alerts and personal emails are now all part of the students’ virtual communications backpack with their teachers and schools.

Beyond gaining new understanding of the tools in the backpack, attendees will also acquire new insights around the inherent linkages between effective communications and student success in school.

***

A new nimbleness in teaching: Maximizing digital learning from the classroom to Zoom and back

Webinar on September 30 at 12 noon PT, 3 pm ET

Maximizing effective instruction across physical and digital environments is key to meeting student learning goals during an uncertain school year. Educators and students alike had to learn on their feet last spring as classrooms made the sudden shift to remote learning. A proven instructional practice that worked in the physical classroom may not have translated well to Zoom. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the current paradigm shift in differentiating digital content and resources to support student learning, whether that happens in person or in hybrid or remote settings. Teachers’ ability to adopt and adapt to new instructional practices will be crucial to ensuring that student learning continues.

▪ What strategies can teachers embrace to make the most of precious classroom time?
▪ What activities are best suited to a virtual environment, particularly when in-person learning time is limited?
▪ How do you create a seamless transition between the two?

Dr. Julie A. Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, and Dr. Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning and Innovation at BrainPOP, will facilitate a timely conversation with three K-8 school principals and a district leader who are re-imagining the use of digital content based on lessons learned last spring. Educators will come away with fresh insights and practical ideas to become even more effective and agile this school year.

***

SAVE THE DATE

Speak Up Congressional Briefing – 2019/20 National Research Findings

Virtual Event hosted by edWeb

October 21 at 9 am PT, 12 noon ET

For the first time, the annual Speak Up Congressional Briefing will be 100% virtual providing a unique opportunity to expand participation in this landmark event and to have K-12 students from schools throughout the country be part of our panel discussion. More details will be forthcoming! Save the date now. And if your students would like to be part of the panel discussion, please email Pilar Comparan at pcomparan@tomorrow.org

***

New reports and resources

90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning series – a collaborative project with Blackboard. Two reports available now!

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: The Shift to Digital Learning
The cavalcade of school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the sudden and unplanned shift in the delivery mechanism for instruction, from primarily face-to-face, in-classroom instruction to digital learning facilitated over the Internet from home. Almost overnight, technology tools became the principal instrument for enabling the continuity of learning for students across the country. It also goes without saying that the roughly 90 days of school closures most likely forever changed our expectations for teaching and learning in K-12 education, and most certainly has shone a new spotlight on the role of digital tools, content and resources within the learning experience.

▪ 90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: Spotlight on Equity in Learning
The sudden and unplanned move to remote e-learning resulted in a spotlight on the challenges to ensure that every student has appropriate, safe and consistent access to digital tools and resources to support learning outside of school. But creating equity in learning environments is about more than provisioning a Chromebook and a Wifi hotspot to a family. Equity in access to quality teaching and learning matters too.

***
DigitalEquityMonth-Sep2020

The E-Learning from Home Experience – Research and Data Collection Tools from Project Tomorrow

To support the current needs of K-12 schools and districts during the COVID19 pandemic, we have assembled a comprehensive set of resources on home connectivity and remote learning to help K-12 school and district leaders understand the readiness and impact of at home e-learning on their students, parents and families. Our set of resources include reports, infographics, webinar recordings, presentations and tools for local data collection to help education leaders make key decisions and investments for the school year no matter whether their back-to-school format is fully online, fully face-to-face on premises, or a hybrid blend of both. These resources are available for any K-12 school or district to use.

Resources include:
▪Reports and infographics based upon Speak Up Research Findings
▪Webinars and online conference presentations from Project Tomorrow
▪Data collection tools to support the e-learning experience from home

***

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

Project Tomorrow is currently recruiting schools and districts to participate in a variety of research opportunities for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org.

▪ Computational thinking integration within elementary classroom
▪ Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic
▪ Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools
▪ Voice-enabled assistants in the classroom – impact on student learning and classroom management

***

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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July 21, 2020

Project Tomorrow JULY NEWS: District Exchange Series With iboss Featuring El Paso ISD And Much More!!!

A newsletter from the folks behind the Speak Up Survey.

July 20, 2020

Hello Project Tomorrow friends and colleagues:

We hope that everyone in your world is safe and healthy. And we also hope that you have been able this summer to take a moment to enjoy some relaxation time. You deserve it!

As we are approaching the end of July, we also appreciate that this is a challenging time as many schools are making critical decisions about how to start the new school year successfully and safely for all. Please know that we are here to help you in any way that we can – sharing research data and reports that can inform your efforts, revealing insights we are learning from school and district leaders nationwide, and/or helping you plan for new learning models through our experiences and programs. Many of our news items today support those goals. Additionally, as shared in our June Newsletter we are continuing to work on our commitment to do more to support social justice and shine a brighter spotlight on equity issues in education. We are very proud to release two new infographics today as part of that ongoing commitment.

Best of luck as you work toward the new school year! And please let me know how we can help you.

Sincerely yours,

Julie A. Evans, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
949-609-4661 voice
jevans@tomorrow.org

This months news include:

1. Your Speak Up data is waiting for you! Review how to access your 2019-20 data and comparative national data
2. Join us this Thursday, July 23rd at 3pm ET for our District Exchange series with iboss which features the technology leadership from El Paso Independent School District!
3. Announcing a new report series in collaboration with Blackboard called: 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning.
4. Are students’ learning experiences different in majority minority schools compared to majority white schools? View our NEW infographics!
5. Two new opportunities for your schools and district to participate in new Project Tomorrow research. Read below to learn how you can earn a $50 gift card!

Keep reading to learn more…

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Your Speak Up data is waiting for you!

All schools and districts who registered for Speak up 2019-20 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

1. Click here to access your reports, then select the 2019 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 on our Speak Up Data Excel Template found on this page.

Need help understanding how to use your data findings from your students, teachers, and parents to inform your back to school plans?
Join us on Thursday August 6 at 12 noon PT, 3 pm ET or Tuesday August 13 at 9 am PT, 12 noon ET for a special mini virtual workshop with Dr. Julie Evans called “What is my Speak Up data telling us!” Register here to learn the top 5 things you should be paying attention to right now in your Speak Up data.

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iboss Webinar: COVID19 – Reshaping the IT/EdTech Landscape at El Paso ISD

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT || 3:00 pm ET
Register Now

Our latest learning webinar in our District Exchange series with iboss features the technology leadership from El Paso Independent School District: El Paso CIO, Alice Ramos, Director of IT Operations, Tony Flores as well as the Network Infrastructure Manager, Steve Crye. The EPISD team will share valuable insights on how they pivoted to address remote e-learning during school closures and their plans for the new school year. This high impact webinar, moderated by Dr. Evans, is on Thursday, July 23rd at 12 noon PT, 1 pm MT, 2 pm CT, 3 pm ET.
Thank you to iboss for their support of Speak Up and this important series of webinars.

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90 Days That Changed K-12 Teaching & Learning

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Announcing a new report series in collaboration with Blackboard called: 90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning. This series focuses on the short term and longer-term impact of school closures and remote e-learning on our students and teachers. Using Speak Up data findings and our experiences supporting many K-12 schools and districts this spring, the series of 4 executive briefs provide new insights as well as suggestions for new questions that can be used to inform your back to school plans. Learn more about the series and download the first executive brief here.

Thank you to Blackboard for their support of Speak Up and this new series of high impact reports for education leaders.

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Equity in Educational Opportunities

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Are students’ learning experiences different in majority minority schools compared to majority white schools? According to new Speak Up data analysis, that answer is yes relative to digital learning and social and emotional well-being. For example, students in majority minority middle schools are 48% less likely than students in white middle schools to have access to a Chromebook for learning. As part of our commitment to greater equity in education, we have developed two new infographics for you to use to inform and support your local plans for addressing equity issues. We recommend the use of these infographics within your back-to-school teacher PD, professional learning community discussions and administrator planning meetings. Share with us the impact of these findings within your community.

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Two new opportunities for your schools and district to participate in new Project Tomorrow research.

1. We are currently seeking school and district administrators interested in participating in a 45-minute virtual focus group on what schools need today to address the social emotional health and well-being of their middle and high school students. Each participating administrator will receive a $50 gift card from Project Tomorrow for sharing your insights with us. We are currently planning the focus groups for the week of August 3. Interested? complete this interest form!

2.Thinking ahead to the 2021-22 school year, Project Tomorrow is developing an interest list of K-12 districts to be part of a national research and implementation project around computational thinking in elementary school classrooms. Based upon our successful current implementation of this project with the New York City Department of Education, we are looking for districts interested in implementing our model of professional learning for K-5 teachers to learn how to seamlessly integrate computational thinking concepts and practices and coding projects within everyday curriculum. We are currently working on several large-scale grant applications for this project and would like to identify a select set of K-12 district partners. Want to learn more? Contact Dr. Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org or call 949-609-4661.

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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! New Speak Up 2020-21 announcements coming in early August! Stay tuned for more details! 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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