Speak Up News, October 8, 2018

Speak Up 2018-19 open next Monday! Join one of our webinars on the 15th to learn about what's new this year! Details for those are below, along with some additional announcements about our partnership with the National Catholic Educational Association, more on our research into principals as the New Learning Leaders and our updated privacy policy.

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-The Project Tomorrow team


Get Ready for Speak Up 2018-19!

Speak Up opens for participation on October 15, 2018 (and will remain open until January 31, 2019).

Attend one of our Speak Up 101 webinars for district and school contacts on October 15th! We’ll share all the basics about the research project and how to use it successfully in your school(s). We’ll also review what’s new this year. We’ll walk you through the web platform and take your questions so you’ll be ready to get started!

Register to attend by selecting the time that works best for you below (both webinars on scheduled for Monday October 15, 2018):



Catholic Schools Speak Up, November 5-December 14

We are partnering with the National Catholic Educational Association this year to help bring the Speak Up tool to more Catholic schools and to increase the voices of parents, students and educator from Catholic schools into our annual research. NCEA is encouraging all Catholic educators to take advantage of Speak Up to gather valuable feedback data for strategic planning, funding proposals and school-to-home communications. NCEA is asking Catholic Schools to participate Nov 5-Dec. 14, but Speak Up 2018-19 is available to all Catholic schools throughout the Speak Up 2018-19 period.

Of course, Catholic schools have been participating in Speak Up for years! Here's what one school leader had to say:
“Our parents entrust us to be good stewards of technology to teach their children. As educators, we do our best to implement technology to teach our students and hope that it is making an impact on their learning and that it is pertinent in their lives. Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up Survey triangulates our parents, teachers, administrators, and student information so that we can use data-driven decision making. We can then compare diocesan, state, and national results with our school's data and then compare it yearly. We share this rich data with our PLC's, school board, technology planning committee and with our accreditation visits. It is a wealth of information!” – Dr. Karl Ochsner, STEM Educator / Technology Integration, Saint John XXIII Catholic School (K-8), Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona

Catholic school leaders should register today to get started!


ThankAPrincipal this National Principals Month!


Learn more about a special cohort of principals we are calling New Learning Leaders

Tune in to a special Trends in Digital Learning webinar on October 17th!

Project Tomorrow and Blackboard released a report over the summer identifying a new cohort of school leaders via Speak Up data who are rethinking instructional practices, providing a bold vision for the future of their schools, leading by example and supporting their teachers through this transition. This month, we also released a New Learning Leaders infographic!

Join Dr. Julie Evans on Wednesday, October 17 at 2:00 pm ET during a Blackboard Trends in Digital Learning webinar to learn more about this new cohort of school leaders who are:

▪ Rethinking instructional practices
▪ Providing bold vision for the future of their schools
▪ Leading by example
▪ Supporting their teachers
Rethinking instructional practices
Providing bold vision for the future of their schools
Leading by example
Supporting their teachers

Project Tomorrow Takes Data Privacy Seriously!

As all educational leaders, especially those of us who work with student data, we are concerned with data privacy. To help all who are involved in Speak Up (and other Project Tomorrow projects) better understand how we use data shared with us, we have updated our privacy policies. In addition, we have divided our policies into 1) an overall website privacy policy and 2) a data privacy policy

Bottom line: All of the data collected as part of the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning is anonymous and confidential. We are very intentional about not collecting any identifying information, and we do not share any individual Speak Up responses with anyone.


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 or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, National Geographic Society, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA | The School Superintendent's Association, Association of Education Service Agencies, CETPA, CoSN | Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Future Ready, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE | International Society for Technology in Education, MassCUE, National Catholic Education Association, National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), SETDA | State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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