Speak Up FAQsWhat is Speak Up?
The Speak Up National Research Project provides participating organizations with a quick and easy way to collect authentic feedback from your students, teachers and parents on important education issues - and to ensure that the voices of your stakeholders are heard loud and clear in Washington DC and your state capitol.
The top three reasons schools and districts participate in Speak Up are to:
- Collect unique data from stakeholders.
- Demonstrate to students, teachers, and parents that their ideas are valued.
- Support specific programs or initiatives in my school or district.
Not only does the Speak Up data provide valuable information to participating schools and districts, but participants also report the Speak Up data provides them with a better understanding of the future of K-12 education. The Speak Up surveys are open to schools and districts in the U.S. and internationally. Surveys for students and educators are currently available in English only. The parents' survey is currently available in English and Spanish. Survey results will be available to participating schools and districts, online, free-of-charge, beginning in Feb 2012. Speak Up 2011 national findings will be released beginning spring 2012 through a variety of venues, including: Congressional Briefings in Washington, DC, national and regional conferences, and our website.
The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input and is regularly used by education, business, and policy leaders to inform federal, state, and local education programs.
When is Speak Up open?
Speak Up 2011 will be open October 10th – December 23rd, 2011. Results will be available to participating schools and districts in February 2012.
Why should I get involved?
Any school, district or organization that serves K-12 students may participate in Speak Up. As a Speak Up participant you are part of a growing movement that values and uses their stakeholders' opinions to inform K-12 educational decisions. Participating in Speak Up:
- Provides educators the opportunity to gather information from their students, teachers, administrators, and parents about key educational topics, free of charge.
- Ensures that the views of students, parents, and educators are included in the dialogue about K-12 science, technology and math education.
- Engages your stakeholders in your strategic planning, budgeting, or decision-making processes
How do I get my students involved?
Through the lesson plans, students are introduced to the concept of contributing to local change and a national dialog by voicing their opinions about their education. Use the lessons to encourage students to reflect on their use of technology both in and out of school, and how they learn math, science, and 21st century skills.
- Lesson Plan for Grades K-2 (available mid Sept)
- Lesson Plan for Grades 3-5 (available mid Sept)
- Lesson Plan for Grades 6-12 (available mid Sept)
Is there a cost to participate?
Anyone can participate in Speak Up free of charge. Participating schools and districts can view their data against benchmark national results, online, free-of-charge beginning in February 2012.
How do I promote Speak Up?
Try using the resources we have created for Speak Up in the left tool bar! They include: Speak Up How-to Guides for educators, parents, and superintendents, flyers for posting at your school, lesson plans for teachers, previews of the surveys, a banner to place on your website, sample emails for communicating with other educators, and more. Click here for more ideas.
How long does it take to complete the survey?
In general, the surveys consist of a series of multiple choice questions plus one or two open-ended type questions (depending on the survey) at the end where you can write in your response. The survey should only take you about 20 minutes to complete. In addition, on the parents and educators surveys we ask several demographic questions that are optional, we use these responses during our data analysis to provide additional context to our national data findings.
What are the step-by-step instructions for taking the survey?
People often ask us for the specific step-by-step directions they should use when taking the Speak Up survey. Below we have provided instructions for each type of survey just in case you get stuck while trying to navigate through the process:
We acknowledge that privacy is a concern for visitors to our website. The information that is provided to us through our web page is treated with respect and confidentiality.
- Speak Up currently does not use any permanent cookies for tracking, content analysis or any other purpose. (The Speak Up Activation process does use temporary cookies.)
- No personally identifiable information is collected from students.
- We do not exchange or sell any of the school contact email addresses collected from the site.
Technical Support:I’m not receiving weekly participation emails. How do I ensure I will receive Speak Up notification emails?
Please contact your district tech coordinator and ask them to add tomorrow.org to your district’s safe list/white list. Also be sure to check your spam folder and add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts list to ensure you continue to receive emails.Why am I receiving multiple participation emails?
It is possible that when you registered two (or more) records were created with you as the School Contact. If you suspect this may have happened, contact the Speak Up team at email@example.com and we can collapse your records into one. Don’t worry you won’t lose any data by collapsing records.