January 7, 2021

Hello friends and colleagues,

Happy New Year!!! We are sincerely looking forward to our continued partnership this year! We want to remind you to take advantage of the Speak Up resources.

Like always, please let us know how we can help you in 2021.

-The Project Tomorrow Team

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Headline News!

Speak Up Research Project

Planning for Winter and Spring 2021:
▪ View Speak Up surveys
▪ Register to participate

New Infographic

▪ Unpacking the Gender Gap in Students' STEAM Career Interests

Upcoming Events

▪ NCTET A Virtual Convening: Student Learning in Online and Hybrid Environments- Wednesday, January 13, 2021

-The Project Tomorrow Team

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Speak Up Research Project

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Speak Up is open! Register your district/school to participate in this years Speak Up Research Project!

Speak Up provides an easy way for your students, parents and educators to participate in your local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about digital learning!

Please have yourself or a point of contact register your school or district to participate now at speakup.tomorrow.org!

You can currently view our survey questions here!

We have also made promotional materials available for you to help you with your outreach efforts:
General Speak Up Flyers
Audience Specific Flyers
Sample Outreach Text
Social Media Outreach
and much more...

Visit our website or log into your our Admin Portal to learn more!

Set up a call with the Speak Up team to learn more about this years question customization opportunities.

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New Infographic

Our new infographic "Unpacking the Gender Gap in Students' STEAM Career Interest" showcases 2019-20 Speak Up Research findings from 102,475 K-12 students who shared their ideas about their career field aspirations
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We asked: Is there a gender gap in terms of students’ interest in STEAM career fields?. It turns out it depends upon which part of S-T-E-A-M you are talking about!

Key findings include:
▪ Girls’ lack of interest in a career in a computer science field increases from middle school to high school.
▪ 4X more high school boys are interested in a future engineering career than girls
▪ Middle school girls are almost twice as likely to say they are very interested in an arts career than boys.

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Upcoming Events

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A Virtual Convening: Student Learning in Online and Hybrid Environments

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
noon-1pm PT/ 3-4pm ET

Since last spring, when K-12 schools abruptly closed nationwide due to the outbreak of COVID-19, educators have worked hard to transition in-person instruction to fully online or hybrid in-person/online environments. Educators have learned many lessons about engaging students online, including different teaching styles, new apps, and new modes of personal communication.

This webinar discussion will provide an in-depth look, through the eyes of a parent leader, an district leader and two current high school students on the following topics:
▪ Students’ experiential perspectives on the learning today across different school formats
▪ The latest data on student engagement in different learning environments

▪ Parents’ roles in supporting and advocating for their children during the pandemic
▪ Best practices for educators to better engage and communicate with parents and students
▪ State and federal government roles in improving student engagement in online and hybrid learning environments

This discussion will be moderated by our own Dr. Julie A. Evans!

For more information about NCTET, please visit: www.nctet.org

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In case you missed it...

Research opportunities with Project Tomorrow

Thinking about 2021? Project Tomorrow will be introducing several new research projects. We are currently seeking schools and districts to participate in these studies:

▪ Use of voice-enabled assistants for learning purposes in fully face-to-face or hybrid learning classrooms: study involves piloting use of devices in the classroom (January thru March 2021 implementation period)

Infusing computational thinking concepts and strategies within elementary education: professional learning program for teachers during the 2021-22 school year

Social-emotional learning for elementary students during the pandemic

Re-engaging students in learning using team-based video game play in schools

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Julie Evans directly at jevans@tomorrow.org.

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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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 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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