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ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.

Tomorrow’s Teachers:
Frequently Asked Questions

About Speak Up

What is Speak Up?

The Speak Up Project for Digital Learning is an annual research project facilitated by the national education nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow, that collects and reports on the authentic, unfiltered views of key education stakeholders. Through the online surveys and focus groups, Speak Up stimulates new local discussions about 21st century learning, and raises national awareness about the value of incorporating the views of students, parents and educators in education policy, program and funding decisions.

Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up is a unique opportunity for America’s next generation of teachers to “speak up” about their views about using technology to drive student achievement and teacher productivity. Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up is an extension of the acclaimed Speak Up Project for Digital Learning.

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How is the research project facilitated?

Tomorrow's Teachers Speak Up is facilitated through online surveys and will be aggregated at the national level. All of the data is 100% confidential and no specific institutional findings will be shared with anyone outside of the participating college or university.

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Who is eligible to participate in Tomorrow's Teachers Speak Up?

Participation is currently open to all students in teacher preparation programs both at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as career changers in special programs, regardless of prior student teaching experience.

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When will the online surveys be open for input?

When will the online surveys be open for input? 
The Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up survey is being conducted during two time periods: November 16, 2016 through January 27, 2017 and again March 1, 2017 to May 1, 2017. Please check the Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up homepage for up-to-date information on survey dates, or contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org.

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Why should my institution participate?

  • Gain a better understanding about your students’ use of technology in and out the classroom and their aspirations for their future classrooms.
  • Inform your decisions about your instructional programs for future teachers.
  • Contribute to the state and national dialogue about key educational issues.

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Is there a cost to participate?

No — Anyone can participate in Tomorrow's Teachers Speak Up free-of-charge. Participating institutions can view their data against benchmarked national results, online, free-of-charge.

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How long does it take to complete the survey?

The survey consists of a series of multiple-choice questions plus one open-ended type question at the end where you can write in your response. The survey should only take you about 20 minutes to complete. In addition, 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.

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What is your privacy policy?

We acknowledge that privacy is a concern for visitors to our website. We treat any information that you provide through our web site with respect and confidentiality.

  • The Speak Up Survey does not use any permanent cookies for tracking, content analysis or any other purpose. (The Speak Up Activation process does use temporary cookies.)
  • We do not collect any personally identifiable information from students or anyone who takes the survey.
  • Click here to view our privacy policy.

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Getting Started

How does my institution participate in Tomorrow's Teachers Speak Up?

It’s easy to participate. First, you will need to select a primary contact responsible for facilitating the Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up survey at your institution. The primary contact will then need to register your institution and update your institution’s profile by going to our Registration page or contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org. You may also register a specific program or school within a university by emailing our team. To be notified when registration opens, please join our mailing list.

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How do I promote Speak Up?

We provide a variety of tools to help you facilitate participation. The Tomorrow's Teachers Speak Up page offers convenient tools for helping make Speak Up a success in your institution. You can find promotional flyers, a banner ad to place on your website, sample emails for encouraging participation and more.
Encouraging participation on a regular and consistent basis will ensure high participation in the Speak Up survey and more representative data from your students. Promote early and often throughout the survey period. Here are just a few ideas to encourage participation:

  • Post posters around your department with the Speak Up URL. Speak Up Campus Flyer
  • Post an announcement on your department’s website. Post our clickable banner on your website!
  • Promote links to the survey via your social media networks.
  • Announce the Speak Up survey on your learning management systems.
  • Announce the Speak Up survey on your department’s listserv/e-newsletter.
  • Put a shortcut to the Speak Up website on the desktops in your computer labs.
  • Highlight your participation in Speak Up in your departmental newsletter.
  • Add the Speak Up survey to your course syllabus.
  • Encourage professors and teaching assistants in your department to announce the Speak Up survey in their lectures.

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What are the step-by-step instructions for taking the survey?

Instructions will be added when a new survey opens. To be notified when registration and the survey opens, please join our mailing list.

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Speak Up Data Results

When will Speak Up data results be available?

Survey results will be available to participating institutions online, free-of-charge a few months after the survey period closes. Project Tomorrow will share the national findings with policymakers, academic research organizations and media.

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How do I access my institution’s Speak Up data?

Please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org to request a copy of your institution’s data with national benchmarks for 2012. To view Speak Up Data from a previous year please visit our Speak Up Participant Data page.

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Where can I find past Speak Up reports?

All previous Speak Up reports are available for download on our Reports page. For further inquiries regarding the Speak Up reports, contact the Speak Up Team via email or via phone at 949-609-4660 ext 17.

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