We are happy to announce that registration for the 2020-21 Speak Up year is now open! Please have your point of contact register your school or district. We will be following up individually with all contacts regarding the next steps!

As a reminder 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: tomorrow.org/speakup

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Speak Up Congressional Briefing – 2019/20 National Research Findings

We are pleased to announce that our annual Speak Up Congressional Briefing was a success! The Briefing will included a review of key findings from the Speak Up Research Project results from the 2019/20 school year and a panel discussion with middle and high school students from San Marcos Unified School District (CA), Ysleta Independent School District (TX), Talladega County Schools (AL) and Albemarle County Public Schools (VA)!

This year's report “Digital Learning During the Pandemic: Emerging Evidence of an Education Transformation” discussed Speak Up results from before and after school closures, we examined authentic and unique Speak Up results from over 137,000 K-12 stakeholders including; students, parents, teachers and administrators during the 2019-20 school year. We are able to see in almost real time how the unexpected shift has altered not only teachers’ expectations for using technology within learning, but also parents’ perceptions on the value of digital learning and the impact of this experience on students’ aspirations for enhanced learning environments.

Key takeaways from this year’s survey include:

1. Increased usage of digital tools by teachers and students due to the COVID-19 pandemic brings new opportunities to discuss what constitutes rigor and quality in digital resources for classroom use, and new ways to articulate the value proposition of digital learning more comprehensively.
2. As a result of the sudden shift to digital learning, parents developed a stronger appreciation for the value of technology as a learning vehicle and their role in supporting their child’s education from home.
3. Students continue to value how technology supports learning. The realization of the value of digital learning by the adults in their lives resulted in an improved learning environment for many students. The use of digital, online and videos games provide an excellent example of this new impact.
1. Increased usage of digital tools by teachers and students due to the COVID-19 pandemic brings new opportunities to discuss what constitutes rigor and quality in digital resources for classroom use, and new ways to articulate the value proposition of digital learning more comprehensively.
2. As a result of the sudden shift to digital learning, parents developed a stronger appreciation for the value of technology as a learning vehicle and their role in supporting their child’s education from home.
3. Students continue to value how technology supports learning. The realization of the value of digital learning by the adults in their lives resulted in an improved learning environment for many students. The use of digital, online and videos games provide an excellent example of this new impact.
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Congressional Briefing Discussion Prompt and Guide for Grades 3-12

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Educators,

We have developed this Discussion Guide to support your use of our Congressional Briefing video with your students. It is our hope that these resources provide an opportunity to continue conversations with your students about their outlooks on their education, the role of technology and promoting advocacy for practices that best suit their learning needs and styles.

This accompanying document provides resources and ideas to help supplement this year’s Congressional Briefing on digital learning during the pandemic. Resources and ideas are broken down into three grade bands: 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. You’re welcome to use as many of the activity ideas and discussion questions as you would like to help support your student’s understanding of the data presented during the briefing and to stimulate new class discussions.

For each grade band you can expect to find:
1. Resources and discussion questions to frame students’ viewing of the congressional briefing
2. Discussion prompts and guiding questions for the briefing with time stamps (Note: you may choose to view the briefing in smaller chunks across a couple of days or view it in its entirety in one session)
3. Post-viewing activities to help students reflect, share, and promote student voice within and beyond their school communities.

Reach out to the Project Tomorrow at speakup@tomorrow.org for support or questions.

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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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