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

Left QuoteAs our district and community invest in educational technology to prepare our students for their futures, we feel it is important to measure that investment and also keep abreast on how students are using technology both at and away from school. The SpeakUp survey provides us with a very thorough surveying tool, with state and national comparables that is free to use therefore accessible to all districtsRight Quote
—Laura Myrah, Superintendent, Arrowhead Union HS District (WI)

Left QuoteVia Speak Up, I finally have data that is useful and meaningful; it is an amazing service that is provided to schools.   I can't wait to compare data from last year to this year to see how we've changed, how we've grown, etc.  It is an amazing planning tool.Right Quote
—Milena Streen, St. Ignatius High School (OH)

Left QuoteWhat impresses me [about Speak Up] is the attention to relevance in the national conversation and the level of local detail.Right Quote
—Fran Glick, Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)

Left QuoteEach year the Blue Valley School District administers the Speak Up survey to students to obtain insights into how students are using technologies throughout the learning process. Responses to the surveys provide evidence on the variety, frequency and types of applications where students use technologies.Right Quote
—Kristy Sailors, Blue Valley School District (KS)

Left QuoteOne of [Speak Up’s] most helpful features was questions concerning professional development and how and what teachers wanted to learn.  Also, some of what parents are wanting from us.Right Quote
—Lauren Woolley, Shelby County (AL)

Left QuoteWhen used the first time, Speak Up data provides our schools with baseline data on a wide array of topics related to curriculum and technology. It helps us assess “where we are” and provides the data needed to plot a course of action designed to build upon this base. Future surveys in subsequent years are helpful in determining our success in meeting the perceived needs of our students, teachers and other stakeholders, including parents. Speak Up provides us with a realistic picture of our community and helps us prioritize our needs when it comes to technology and curriculum planning.Right Quote
—Paul Caputo, Southern Columbia Area School District (PA)

Left QuoteThe survey provides districts with great information that can be compared between schools, to their state, and to the entire country. When Southwest Allen County Schools first began to participate, our intention was to educate our constituents by comparing our usage of technology to that of other districts across the country. We are now using it to drive improvement as our constituents are able to give us much more educated feedback. The advantage of national, longitudinal data cannot be underestimated.Right Quote
—Philip G. Downs, Southwest Allen County Schools, Indiana

Left QuoteProject Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up survey has allowed us to infuse the voice of our entire school community into key decisions around trends in technology ubiquity, mobility, video and personalization, K-12 use/misuse of social media, and the expansion of classroom walls connecting us to the world. Annual data from the survey is analyzed and shared among stakeholders, creating awareness and conversations that have led to action. The data has helped to generate community support for bond initiatives that resulted in needed infrastructure improvements and wifi coverage throughout the district.Right Quote
—James P. Lee, Paradise Valley Unified District, Arizona

Left QuoteEast Noble School Corporation continues to find the Speak Up Survey to be a valuable tool used to measure our progress with technology use, instructional integration, and overall effectiveness. Having the ability to annually match stakeholder perception to district perception creates an invaluable reality check that leads to instructional growth and improved outcomes.Right Quote
—Ann Linson, East Noble School Corporation, Indiana

Left QuoteFrederick County Public Schools (Virginia) has participated in Speak Up over the past 5 years. Each year, FCPS has increased participation and used the Speak Up findings to inform and guide our efforts toward professional learning opportunities for teachers. The information gained about our school division and the ability to directly compare that data to state and national trends has been invaluable as we have planned and implemented our division-wide 1 to 1 Chromebook initiative.Right Quote
—David T. Sovine, Frederick County Public Schools, Virginia

Left QuoteExamples of how I have promoted Speak Up include website postings, letters home, discussions at Board Meetings, including presentations of Speak Up results, discussions at Admin Meetings, e-mails to staff which have included instructions on the steps needed to access and complete the survey. Staff have been awarded professional development credit for completing the survey. They print out the last page of the survey as proof of completion. Principals have created special schedules to accommodate student participation during regular school hours. Steps such as the aforementioned allow for strong student and staff participation.Right Quote
—Paul Caputo, Southern Columbia Area School District (PA)

Left QuoteThe Talladega County School System uses data acquired through the Speak Up surveys in many ways. This information continues to guide the work of district leaders, teachers, and students in our quest to maximize the integration of instructional technology to support both educator proficiency and student learning. In addition, the survey tool is an efficient and effective way for all stakeholders to have a voice in order to impact important decisions for continuing growth.Right Quote
—Dr. Suzanne Lacey, Talladega County School District (AL)

Left QuoteThe Anaheim Elementary School District uses the feedback taken from the Speak Up Survey to serve as the foundation of affirmation of our programs, planning for new innovation, and the identification of future actions based on needs. Quite simply, the survey provides authentic data from our stakeholders that informs and drives the success of our District.
As a result of our stakeholders seeing their feedback used as a driver for change, the participation rate has skyrocketed. I would encourage all districts to not only implement the Speak Up Survey but to, more importantly, listen to the stakeholders' feedback and act on what’s learned.Right Quote
—Christopher Downing, Superintendent, Anaheim Elementary School District (CA)r

Left QuoteWe have shared the [Speak Up survey] data with our leadership teams, higher education partners, school based staff, and Board of Education.  Every presentation for the past year has included our data and references to Speak Up and the national data.Right Quote
—Fran Glick, Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)

Left QuoteWe shared with all of our schools their data - we selected several questions that we wanted them to target and to be sure to address when they were working on their school technology plans for this year.Right Quote
—Lauren Woolley, Shelby County (AL)

Left QuoteWe share our data at division meetings with administrators in the division, [and share] some information at district level; after we reviewed this process this year we decided to create an actual dissemination plan for the results after this next year.Right Quote
—Mark Evans, Klein Independent School District (TX)

Left QuoteI shared [the Speak Up data] with the Technology Team. It influences our plans to move forward with Technology-rich Learning environments with a student BYOL.Right Quote
—Donna Smith, Arrowhead Union High School (WI)

Left QuoteSpeak Up results have been analyzed and summarized and then been sent to local newspapers via press releases.  Results, including direct links to the surveys, have been posted on the school district's website and e-mailed to staff.  This information has also been presented at public Board of Education meetings. The reactions to the Speak Up results vary from year-to-year and topic to topic; however, data regarding the ever-increasing social media habits of students, including interactions with online friends, still continue to catch people by surprise.Right Quote
—Paul Caputo, Southern Columbia Area School District (PA)

Left QuoteWe were writing a new 4 year technology plan last year and we used the [Speak Up] 2012 data to support the reasons we were writing the items in the plan.Right Quote
—Jorge Cavazos, Alief Independent School District (TX)

Left Quote[By using our Speak Up data] we targeted specific questions and asked each school to address those needs in their school teach plans.  We pulled out specific responses on a few specific questions for our district accreditation.Right Quote
—Lauren Woolley, Shelby County (AL)

Left QuoteSpeak Up data has helped garner support for 1 to 1 initiatives, increased professional development and changes in instructional best practices and expectations.Right Quote
—Rod Carnill, Frederick County Public Schools (VA)

Left QuoteResponses from the survey are used as evidence and documentation to support district technology initiatives. Each year, the responses are reviewed by the district’s Technology Advisory Committee and shared with district and building administrators to determine areas of focus for future planning. Additionally, the district incorporates Speak Up data into the Educational Technology Plan.Right Quote
—Dr. Kristy Sailors, Blue Valley School District (KS)

Left QuoteThrough the years I have used Speak Up data to help prepare the District’s strategic plan, to plan professional development, and to help shape a shared vision of how technology and core curriculum should be delivered. Survey results have been referenced when planning the district's budget and prioritizing technology infrastructure and instructional technology investments. Speak Up data has been used to help craft and secure competitive grants and it has led to the consideration and creation of new courses.Right Quote
—Paul Caputo, Southern Columbia Area School District (PA)

Left QuoteThe Speak Up survey is a free resource that will yield an abundance of data that is of critical importance to schools. The purchase of a similar survey would be out of reach for many schools so the availability of this survey is a godsend. The survey not only provides district-specific aggregated results, but also national comparisons. The Speak Up surveys can help provide district-wide focus to curriculum and technology needs and it can be used as the springboard to launch initiatives designed to address these needs.Right Quote
—Paul Caputo, Southern Columbia Area School District (PA)

Left QuoteParticipating in Speak Up provides individual building and district administrators with anonymous responses to a variety of topics. Themes included in the survey questions align with a majority of technology initiatives implemented by districts. The Speak Up survey allows school administrators to gauge the student’s access, use and need for additional classroom technologies and supports throughout the learning process.Right Quote
—Dr. Kristy Sailors, Blue Valley School District (KS)

Klein ISD has been our #1 Speak Up district for several years – in 2014, the Texas based district brought in over 30,000 surveys! In a 2015 webinar, Klein ISD's awesome Speak Up contact, Mark Evans, met with Jennifer Bergland (TCEA) about why and how his district uses Speak Up, as well as how he and his team promote the survey to over 45,000 students. One great point Mark makes is that the Speak Up survey can be an asset to newer and smaller schools and districts by serving as a guide for which questions they should ask when creating their school/district plans. Hear from Mark here!

Anaheim Elementary School District (CA) was our #1 participating district in California and our #4 participating district worldwide in 2014 – and that was just their first year of Speak Up! During our Speak Up 2016 Intro & Tips webinar, Anaheim Elementary School District’s contact, Christina Pluhar, gave five tips that increased survey participation and effectiveness throughout her district. Thanks Christina!

Longtime Speak Up participant Frederick County Public Schools (VA) has submitted over 10,000 surveys throughout the years and has received several Speak Up Loud & Clear awards for their strong participation. Our good friend and Speak Up champion, Rod Carnill, offered his own Speak Up tips that have helped him and his district throughout the years. Thank you, Rod!

SIATech is a multi-state network of free public charter high schools that has increased its participation greatly over the past few years. Our wonderful SIATech contacts, Kris Mallory and Janet Riccio, participated in our Speak Up 2016 Intro & Tips webinar to provide advice on how to promote participation and use your Speak Up data when you have several different school locations. Thanks, Kris and Janet!