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For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2016

Contact: Amber Taylor

ISTE Affiliate Organization Partner of the Year Awards Presented for Contributions to National Research Project

Educational Technology Organizations Recognized by Project Tomorrow for Efforts in Support of Speak Up

Denver – Five organizations were recognized for their contributions to the annual Speak Up survey, conducted by Project Tomorrow, at the ISTE Affiliate Summit on Saturday. CUE (California and Nevada), ICE-IN (Indiana), NCCE (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), NETA (Nebraska), TCEA (Texas) encouraged nearly 230,000 students, educators, parents and community members to participate in the national research project.

“Each year, we are able to add more voices to the local, state and national conversations on the use of technology for learning via the Speak Up surveys, and we couldn’t do it without our partners like the ones we are recognizing today,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “Schools, districts, states and national partners learn so much each year from the Speak Up findings. Participation in the project means the voices of education stakeholders – particularly students, teachers and parents – are influencing decisions being made for today and tomorrow.

Speak Up Shout Out Awards were presented to the ISTE Affiliate Organization Partners of the Year on the eve of the annual ISTE Conference.

Findings from 2015’s survey are detailed in a national Speak Up report: From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulations within K-12 education. The findings come from the annual online Speak Up surveys conducted by Project Tomorrow. More than 500,000 students, educators and parents responded to the surveys last fall.  Report: www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU15AnnualReport.html

Project Tomorrow will be sharing more findings from the 2015 surveys while at ISTE. Learn more: http://bit.ly/SU-ISTE2016.

About the Speak Up Research Project and Speak Up 2015
Speak Up is an initiative of Project Tomorrow®, the leading global education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. Each year, the Speak Up Research Project polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school.  This survey represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voices on digital learning. Since fall 2003, more than 4 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders, district administrators and members of the community have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.  K-12 educators, higher education faculty, business, and policy leaders report that they regularly use the Speak Up data to inform federal, state and local education programs.

In fall 2015, Project Tomorrow surveyed 415,686 K-12 students, 38,613 parents, 38,157 teachers, 2,061 librarians, 662 district administrators, 2,868 school administrators, 736 technology leaders, 270 communication officers and 6,653 members of the community representing 7,825 public and private schools from 2,660 districts. Schools from urban (25%), suburban (40%), and rural (35%) communities are represented. More than half of the schools (58%) that participated in Speak Up 2015 are Title I eligible schools (an indicator of student population poverty). The Speak Up 2015 surveys were available online for input between October 1 and December 18, 2015.

The online survey is supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including Blackboard, BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm® WirelessReach™ and Scholastic.