Speak Up 2016 is now open for participation!

Speak Up 2016

Speak Up 2016 is now open! This year's survey is open through January 13, 2017 – get your surveys in today! To help make the survey process easier for you and your school(s), we've included links to our promotional materials, our introduction webinars, and our survey deck. We've also included information about some exciting upcoming events. Check them out below:

Quick links:

▪ Speak Up 2016 is now open! Surveys are now open for your school(s)!
▪ Speak Up America: This year's Speak Up America campaign starts on Monday, November 7th. Each survey completed this week qualifies schools/districts to win great conference registrations!
▪ Speak Up Intro & Tips webinars: Watch one of our Speak Up 2016 webinars for a crash course on this year's survey.
▪ Happy National Principals Month! We wish all of our Speak Up principals a wonderful month!
▪ Congratulations Candice Dodson! Sending a huge congrats to our longtime Speak Up friend for winning SETDA's State Leader of the Year Award!
▪ Speak Up in the News: Check out eSchoolNews' feature on our report with Blackboard.
 

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Speak Up 2016 is Now Open to All Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators

Surveys Open Until Jan. 13, 2017: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/

Speak Up 2016 is here! We are excited to officially open this year's survey to your school(s) and district! Click here to take the survey.

Registration is still open! Register your school and/or district for the 2016 surveys at http://bit.ly/SU16survey. Remember, registration and participation is FREE! Contribute to our national research project and inform your work at the same time!

If you are a returning school or district contact, you can automatically register for Speak Up 2016 by logging in with last year's contact information. Click here to visit the administrator log in page.

Extended date: surveys now run through January 13, 2017

Please note that we have decided to extend this year's survey period through January 13, 2017. We understand that the end of the calendar year is busy for your school(s) and want to make sure you have enough time to get your surveys in after the holidays. We hope this extended survey period will help you achieve your participation goals!

Survey questions now available for download

If you are interested in viewing this year's survey questions, please click here and click on the "download surveys" button.

Lesson plans for students are now available

Interested in sharing the survey with your students as a class activity? We have sample lesson plans available for our Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 9-12 student surveys. Visit http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html and click on the "Lesson Plans" to access these.

Click here to register and take the survey
 
Download surveys
 
Download lesson plans
 
 

Speak Up America 2016

Save the date! This year's event starts on November 7th

We are excited to announce this year's Speak Up America campaign starts on Monday, November 7th! This week long event celebrates past, present, and new Speak Up participants, and features Speak Up 2016 preliminary data snapshots, recognition of top participants, opportunities to win free conference registrations, and multiple chances to win classroom/school grants! Check out a sneak peek of this year's event:

▪ National Speak Up Day – Wednesday, November 9th
▪ Classroom or School Grant Photo and Video Challenge – 5 chances to win
▪ Free National Conference Registrations provided by AASL, AASA, Blackboard, CoSN, iNACOL, ISTE, and NASSP
▪ Free Regional Conference Registrations to CETPA, CUE, LEAD3, ICE, MASSCUE, NCCE, NETA and TCEA.
▪ Preliminary data snapshots
 

Click here to learn more
 
 

Speak Up 2016: Introduction & Tips Webinars

Did you miss our Speak Up 2016 Introduction & Tips webinars earlier this fall? If so, you can still get a "crash course" in Speak Up by watching the recordings of our two webinars. Click here and here* to watch the recordings.

During the webinars, Julie and Speak Up pros from participating school districts covered the following topics: 
* Overview of Speak Up 2016 
* What's new for 2016 
* Why schools and districts participate 
* How to get started 
* How to promote and boost participation 
* How schools will access data 
* And, more!

Click here to watch the first webinar
 
Click here to watch the second webinar
 
 
 

Happy National Principals Month!

National Principals Month – October 2016

Happy National Principals Month! We are excited to join the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators to honor the hard work and dedication of America’s principals all month long.

We'd like to give a big THANK YOU to all of our Speak Up principals from our participating schools throughout the years. Without you, the surveys would not be possible!

As you plan your National Principals Month activities, be sure to check out our resources for celebrating and share what you’re doing by posting to social media with #ThankAPrincipal.

"The key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal."

 

SETDA State Leader of the Year

Congratulations, Candice Dodson (IN)!

The SETDA State Leader of the Year (SLY) Award is given annually to recognize an active SETDA member who has exhibited outstanding leadership by advancing education in his/her state through the use of technology, by collaborating with peers through SETDA initiatives and affecting positive change for the association and its members, and by furthering SETDA’s mission by engaging with the broader education community at the regional, national, or international levels.

This year's award was given to Candice Dodson, the Director of eLearning at the Indiana Department of Education and longtime friend of Speak Up! Under her guidance, Indiana was the top participating state for Speak Up 2015 with over 100,000 surveys submitted!

Congratulations, Candice! Click here to learn more.

 

Speak Up in the News

Feature by eSchoolNews

This month, eSchoolNews wrote a feature on our report with Blackboard, Trends in Digital Communications Priorities and Challenges: The Front Line Views of District Communications Officers, featuring out Speak Up 2015 communications data.

Some key data includes:

▪ Parents and communications officials place value on different traditional and digital communications tools.
▪ 50% of district communications officers said increasing parental knowledge about school or district policies and programs is a top priority for their district, making the right use of various communications tools essential.
▪ Personal emails, face-to-face meetings, and personal phone calls are parents’ top three preferred traditional communications tools.
 

Click here to read the article
 
 

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 me at lchu@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 12.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).


Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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