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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.


For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2017
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Amber Taylor

Ross Brenneman

USC’s Rossier School of Education Named Project Tomorrow’s Exclusive Higher Education Research Partner

Partnership Seeks to Further Transform Education Via Research and Practice

Salt Lake City – At the ASU GSV 2017 Summit, Project Tomorrow announced today a new partnership with the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education that will expand and enhance the organization’s internationally recognized Speak Up Research Initiative.   

A key component of this new partnership is the recognition of Rossier as the exclusive higher education research partner for the Speak Up research data.  As such, faculty at Rossier will get access to the nationally aggregated data sets from the Speak Up Research Initiative to support research projects and advance journal articles in conjunction with Project Tomorrow. Each year, Speak Up collects and reports on the authentic, unfiltered views of K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. Since 2003, more than 5 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders, district administrators, communications officers and members of the community have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. The Speak Up research findings are used regularly by federal, state and local decision-makers to inform programs, policies and plans for education reform.

“We look forward to working with educators and researchers at Rossier to dig into the treasure trove of data that exists within Speak Up,” said Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “This partnership is going to unleash new findings, inform new research questions and help transform K-12 education in the United States.”

The faculty co-leads for this partnership will be Dr. Morgan Polikoff, Associate Professor of Education, whose work focuses on the design, implementation and effects of standards, assessment and accountability policies; and Alan Arkatov, the Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation.

“Project Tomorrow has been leading the way on research into educational technology and how it’s really used in and out of classrooms,” said Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. “We look forward to partnering to further that work, to improve the practice of educators and to continue raising the voices of students in education policy locally, nationally and internationally.”

Through the new partnership, Project Tomorrow will tap into the expertise of the Rossier faculty to provide input into the development of new questions on the Speak Up surveys. Recognizing the incredible value of the Speak Up data, Project Tomorrow and Rossier will also seek additional joint opportunities to expand and enhance the project to meet the increasing need of districts, especially in urban areas, for meaningful data to inform policies, programs and plans to transform education.

Thousands of schools and districts across the country rely on Speak Up as a way to include important stakeholders in decision-making, track progress on initiatives and take the pulse of changes happening in their communities. Another benefit of this new partnership is the opportunity to introduce Rossier’s alumni network of school district superintendents – the largest network of its kind in the state of California – to Speak Up to support the work in their districts and to include the voices of their stakeholders in the national data findings. 

About Project Tomorrow & Speak Up
Project Tomorrow is the nation’s leading education nonprofit group dedicated to ensuring that today’s K-12 students are well prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up Research Initiative is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow. Since 2003, the annual Speak Up project has collected and reported on the views of more than 5 million K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents representing more than 30,000 schools in all 50 states. This represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, schools of the future, science and math instruction, professional development and career exploration.

About the USC Rossier School of Education
The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. USC Rossier leads the field in innovative, collaborative solutions to improve education outcomes. The school’s work is field-based, in the classroom, and online, and reflects a diversity of perspectives and experiences. USC Rossier prides itself on innovation in all its programs, preparing teachers, administrators and educational leaders who are change agents. The school supports the most forward-thinking scholars and researchers, whose work is having direct impact on student success in K-12 schools and higher education. USC Rossier is a leader in using cutting-edge technology to scale up quality programs for maximum impact.