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About Speak UpWebinar December 2021

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Speak Up:
Leveraging the views of your
students, teachers, and parents for
annual and long-term planning
Julie A. Evans, E...

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 Introducing the Speak Up Research Project
 Current realities regarding digital learning
 Education leadership prioriti...

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About Project Tomorrow
(www.tomorrow.org)
 Nonprofit education organization supporting K-12
education since 1996
 Missio...

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About Speak UpWebinar December 2021

  1. 1. Speak Up: Leveraging the views of your students, teachers, and parents for annual and long-term planning Julie A. Evans, Ed.D., CEO, Project Tomorrow December 16, 2021
  2. 2.  Introducing the Speak Up Research Project  Current realities regarding digital learning  Education leadership priorities  Connecting the dots  Next steps & additional resources  Let’s talk! Your questions or comments Our discussion today
  3. 3. About Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org)  Nonprofit education organization supporting K-12 education since 1996  Mission: to support the development of new capacities and better decisions within the K-12 ecosystem  Core belief: the power of transformational teaching and learning to support students’ preparation for future success.  Programs and research : focus on role of innovation and new learning models, particularly digital learning.
  4. 4. About the Speak Up Research Project Speak Up is:  A leadership support tool for school and district decision makers  A suite of normed online surveys to collect authentic feedback from your stakeholders – K-12 students, parents, teachers, site administrators  Turnkey service with no charge/fee to participating districts  Summary reports with 100% locally collected data + state and national data for benchmarking  Accessible for all preK-12 schools – public, private, parochial, charter, virtual Since 2003, nationally aggregated Speak Up reports inform education, business and policy decisions in K-12 education
  5. 5.  Our education ecosystems are more dependent upon technology than ever before - but the “job” of technology within learning has changed.  Views differ on the value and best use cases – does the loudest voice represent the majority?  Experimentation with new learning models continues, but we are still not using technology effectively for learning.  There is a deficit of valid and effective ways to leverage the views of our stakeholders to inform plans, decisions and communications.  Stakeholder perspectives are an asset if collected and used effectively.  It is imperative that we address the impacts (positive and negative) of the pandemic – and use the CARES/ESSER funds appropriately.  The stakes are high – it more important than ever to get it right. Digital Learning Realities
  6. 6. Digital Learning Realities We are at a pivotal point with new possibilities and optimism, but we need a new playbook …. Speak Up can help
  7. 7. Let’s start with your needs! What education issues are “waking you up in the middle of the night?” Share your “waking up issues” in the chat box now!
  8. 8. What issues are “waking up” K-12 District and System Administrators in the middle of the night? From the most recent national Speak Up data:
  9. 9. Superintendents & District Administrators say these are their top “wake up” issues: 1. Student learning loss/recovery 2. Staff morale and motivation 3. Mental/emotional supports for students 4. Effective use of technology 5. Adequate funding What issues are “waking up” K-12 District and System Administrators in the middle of the night?
  10. 10. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback Using the Speak Up tools can help you create and execute this new digital learning playbook in your school or district by: 1. Providing valid, normed, trusted data that represents your audiences 2. Offering comparative data with valuable benchmarks for planning, decisions and communications 3. Creating a new culture of engagement that is professional, recognizable and sustainable
  11. 11. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback Questions on the Speak Up surveys : top priority themes What audiences can you poll with the Speak Up surveys? Students Parents Teachers School Admin  Student learning loss/recovery – learning preferences and communications X X X X  How is technology being used – is it effective? What are the benefits and outcomes? X X X X  Social-emotional learning and concerns about the impact of the pandemic X X X X  Student engagement in learning X X X X  School climate issues and considerations X X X X  Homework gap / access to devices & the Internet X X X  Teacher PD needs and comfort with new learning models X X  Funding for technology needs X X
  12. 12. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback 1. What can you learn about student learning loss/recovery from using Speak Up with your stakeholders? (sampling of actionable knowledge)  What are parents’ concerns about learning loss?  What are students’ preferences for learning models?  How do principals think pandemic funds should be used to address learning loss?
  13. 13. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback 2. What can you learn about staff morale and motivation from using Speak Up with your stakeholders? (sampling of actionable knowledge)  What are principals’ concerns about their teachers?  What do teachers say about school working conditions and climate?  How comfortable are teachers with new learning models?  What are the PD needs of teachers – and what are the most effective and preferred modalities?
  14. 14. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback 3. What can you learn about mental and emotional help supports and needs from using Speak Up with your stakeholders? (sampling of actionable knowledge)  What are principals’ and teachers’ levels of concern about their students?  What are the benefits and challenges of SEL programs or curriculum?  How do parents want schools to address SEL?  Are students okay? What do they say about themselves and their classmates?
  15. 15. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback 4. What can you learn about the effective use of technology from using Speak Up with your stakeholders? (sampling of actionable knowledge)  Why is effective technology use important for student learning?  How are teachers using various digital tools?  What do teachers say they need to use tech more effectively?  What are the outcomes or benefits of effective tech use – per teachers and students?  What are parents’ concerns about tech use in school?
  16. 16. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback 5. What can you learn about funding priorities from using Speak Up with your stakeholders? (sampling of actionable knowledge)  What are the priorities for pandemic funds?  Are those funds meeting the top priority needs?  What the most effective ways to engage/communicate about funding priorities with the greater community?  What are the technology funding needs?
  17. 17. Use Speak Up to connect the dots between district priorities and stakeholder feedback Using the Speak Up tools can help you create and execute this new digital learning playbook in your school or district by: 1. Providing valid, normed, trusted data that represents your audiences 2. Offering comparative data with valuable benchmarks for planning, decisions and communications 3. Creating a new culture of engagement that is professional, recognizable and sustainable
  18. 18. Next steps? Julie’s recommendations …. 1. Make a list! Identify the types of valid data or information you need/want from your stakeholders to inform planning, decision making and communications. 2. Let’s talk! Schedule a call or zoom meeting with us to talk about those needs – and discuss how Speak Up can support your efforts. 3. Build momentum! Invite other leaders within your district or system to the planning call and process with us.
  19. 19. Speak Up resources for you Speak Up reports and infographics with the latest national research results https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_data_findings.html Speak Up 2021 Congressional Briefing Recording https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html Learn more about Speak Up: https://tomorrow.org/speakup/about_SU.html
  20. 20. Why should your district or system participate in Speak Up? District Leader perspective: Ann McMullan former Executive Director - Educational Technology, Klein Independent School District (TX) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4LVw_Tzztw
  21. 21. What are your questions? Let’s talk .. We can help with the answers!
  22. 22. Julie A. Evans, Ed.D. Chief Executive Officer Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org @JulieEvans_PT 949-609-4661

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