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Speak Up 200

See what this year’s Speak Up 200 schools and districts had to say about why they participate in Speak Up, and learn how they utilized their school/district’s data!

“Our system values the input provided by all stakeholders.”
— Golda Donaldson, Coffee County School District, Alabama.

“We use the data to help us write our school's technology plan.”
— Jennifer Whitt, Madison County, Alabama.

“We participate to view our school's results and to ensure that we are keeping abreast of the needs of our site compared to other schools. We also use it to evaluate the training needed at our school. We also look to see if we should be looking into any new software. We are also going to use it to see how well we are doing with the needs of the 21st century standards.”
— Karen Green, Fullerton Elementary School District, California

“To participate in the national collection of survey answers for the greater good to get details about our community and to have an introspective understanding of how we compare to the whole.”
— Pete Just , M S D Wayne Township, Indiana

“Trend analysis, comparison with national numbers, sharing of results in a variety of forums.”
— Jeff Billings, Paradise Valley Unified, Arizona

“We were most impressed by the numbers of students, staff, and families that wanted us to start a BYOD (bring your own device) program.”
— Joe Wood, Natomas Charter School #19, California

“To give the students a voice in the direction we take in implementing more technology-based opportunities.”
— Amy Whitener, Kearney R-1 Schools, Missouri

“The South Carolina Virtual School Program looks forward to reviewing our Speak-Up survey responses every year, because it allows us to put a finger on the pulse of our students’ learning experiences. We are able to identify ways to expand and grow our program based on student feedback. The South Carolina Virtual School Program always focuses on the students’ open, written comments in the Speak-Up surveys, because this present students with the opportunity to openly express their thoughts, opinions, and suggestions about how we can adjust our program and adapt it to stay at the cutting edge in the growing field of online education.”
— Vicki Williams, South Carolina Virtual School Program, South Carolina

“The data collected through the Speak Up survey was shared with key stakeholders in the district including parents, patrons, Board of Education, and the Technology Advisory Committee members. Each group found the data informative and helpful to them in their work.”
— Kristy Sailors, Blue Valley Unified School District, Kansas

“[To] help improve communication with our stakeholders.”
— Joanne Hammond, Shawnee Local School District, Ohio

“Because we feel here in Cabot that all voices should be heard…”
— Tammy Spann, Cabot School District, Arkansas

“It was wonderful to see that each year students and parents are understanding the importance of integrating technology with learning experiences in the classroom.”
— Patricia Smith, Apache Junction Unified, Arizona

“The data was discussed [with] site councils and/or tech committees. It provided useful, relevant data to help formulate technology goals for the upcoming school year.”
— Betty Wottreng, Verona Area School District, Verona, Wisconsin

“We want to better understand our students and to help identify what engages and motivates them.”
— Rob Residori, City of Chicago School District #299, Illinois

“I was impressed with the overall number of respondents our school and school district received.”
— Rochelle Skipper, Baltimore City Public School System, Maryland

“We were pleasantly surprised at the high response rate of our students. We hope to improve our instructional response rate. In addition, the data regarding how students would like to leverage their mobile devices to improve student achievement was very helpful.”
— Suzan Kurdak, Florida Virtual Global School, Florida

“The survey gives us a clear picture of where we are at in our implementation of technology and 21st Century Skills in our teaching and the effect on student learning. This is a work in progress and every year we can see how we have progressed and see where the weak links are and take steps to make positive changes.”
— Maureen Koenig, Yorba Linda Middle School, California

“We use the data to help promote our Tech Plan…I will be providing the results to the principals and lead Technology Coaches for each school in Irvine.”
— Kris Linville, Irvine Unified School District, California

“I have all students Grades 3-6 participate so that I can share the information with our local technology committee and help us to make future decisions based on the student results…”
— Denice Koss, Luxemburg-Casco Intermediate School, Wisconsin

“To collect authentic feedback from students to create and implement our vision for 21st century learning.”
— Carmen Garcia , McAllen Independent School District, Texas

“So that opinions can be heard about creating 21st century learning environments.”
— Vicki Green, Brandywine Springs School, Delaware

“We really use it as a needs assessment and data to support need for financial resources.”
— John Denno, Merced Union High School District, California

“We certainly value the data...but we truly put a high value on the opportunity for our students and staff to contribute to the national conversation around the role of technology in education.”
— Ann McMullan, Klein Independent School District, Texas

“The Speak Up data are useful to us as we develop various action plans and strategies. We also like being part of a national conversation; it's interesting to see how our responses compare to those from our peer districts in the state and around the country.”
— Matt Frey, Brevard Public Schools, Florida

“To see where we rank compared to other districts, to gain access to this valuable data to inform our decisions regarding teaching and learning with respect to technology integration.”
— Sue Ann Miller, Berea City School District, Ohio

“I was impressed with the honesty of the students, their very specific ideas of what they wanted for themselves and classmates, and their astuteness. I felt that the students had a good grasp of what would help them educationally and that their suggestions were reasonable and doable.”
— Linda Ficsher, St. Mark’s High School, Delaware

“Speak Up gives us good feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We frequently get feedback from teachers and administrators but not from parents and students.”
— Lauren Woolley, Shelby County Schools, Alabama

“Principals and members of a technology leadership team receive and review the data. Much of the data is used to plan professional development for teachers in the school and to see how students feel about technology and where they would like to see the school go.”
— Judy Copeland, Onslow County Schools, North Carolina

“[The]number of internet enable devices for our students were higher than expected.”
— Glen Granberry , Lee County Schools, Alabama

“To learn about access and tools for learning and what our community supports”
— Ena Wood, Taylor Elementary School, Virginia

“I wanted to make sure we were on the same level with the nation. I wanted our students to be able to compete with other students. Technology can level the playing field.”
— Rosie Bailey, Surgoinsville Middle School, Tennessee

“We participate so we can analyze data about our staff and students. In particular, we can compare our results with national trends and use the data to inform our planning for the future.”
— Brad Hagg, Warsaw Community Schools, Indiana

“The data from the report gives insight into the perception of technology and its importance in life, not just education.”
— Vincent Scheivert, Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia

“We believe it is important to know how our students feel about technology at school. The Indiana Dept. of Education highly recommends school corporations to participate.”
— Janice Curtis, Plymouth Community School Corporation, Indiana

“We were surprised at the number of students who had technology such as smart phones, tables, and laptops outside of the school.”
— Kim Giesting, Connersville High School, Indiana