September 2, 2020

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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