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About the Speak Up Research Initiative

About Speak Up Snapshots

While some districts are able to collect the feedback data they need by using the traditional Speak Up 360 multi-thematic survey format, we have found that others either need additional data to drill down on a topic or only need a specific set of data on one topic. We have created Speak Up Snapshots to help meet those needs.
Speak Up Snapshot summary:

  • Single focused topics
  • Vary by audience
  • Good for in-depth understanding of high interest to your district or state
  • Short survey
  • Can use as a pre and post survey

2019-20 Survey topics include:

  • Mobile Learning
  • Teacher PD
  • Project based learning
  • Digital content usage
  • School climate, communications, and future ready skill development
  • Social- emotional learning

Schools and districts can choose to 1) participate in Speak Up by opting to use our traditional Speak Up 360 multi-thematic survey format as needed to collect feedback from their students, staff, parents and/or community, 2) use one or all Snapshots as stand-alone tools 3) use all the Speak Up tools: Speak Up 360 and Speak Up Snapshots.

Just like our annual survey, there is no cost to participate and you have the option to register as the primary contact to gain access to your data results. Speak Up Snapshots are currently open for participation during the same period as Speak Up.

While we have seen huge growth in technology investments in schools, we know that relatively few schools or districts have conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of all of these mobile devices in the classroom. Building on more than a decade of evaluation studies and insights from the Speak Up Research Initiative, this new Snapshot is a research-based tool designed to help school leaders get beyond just “student engagement” as a level of success (or failure) of their mobile learning initiatives to better explain the ROI of their investments.

Learn more about this free Speak Up tool.

The top issue facing school principals today – relative to the use of technology within learning – is how to motivate and train their teachers to change their instructional practices to more seamlessly integrate technology into instruction. While teachers are using more digital content than ever before and have greater access to digital tools including mobile devices in their classroom than ever before, there still is a gap between usage and effectiveness. And, teachers tell us they need and want more professional learning experiences to be able to use technology more effectively. This new Snapshot tool allows administrators to learn more from their teachers about their preferences and interests in professional learning experiences to support more effective use of technology.

Learn more about this free Speak Up tool.

In addition to our annual Speak Up Snapshot offerings, each Speak Up cycle we will offer a series of snapshot surveys based on trends we are currently watching. For the Speak Up 2019-20 survey cycle we are offering the following snapshots:

  • Project Based Learning for Parents
  • School Climate, Communications and College and Career Readiness for Parents
  • Classroom Digital Content Usage for Teachers
  • Social Emotional Learning for Principals

View these snapshots surveys and more at: https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_questions_download.html

To assist with your collection effort, we’ve created a few sample social media posts and emails that can be used to reach your selected audience here.