The Speak Up Hero Award
Over our 20-year history, Project Tomorrow has been privileged to collaborate with exceptional educators across the country who have used Speak Up data to make meaningful change and transform the learning experience.
We are proud to spotlight ten school districts for their outstanding leadership. These districts have consistently demonstrated their commitment to improving education for all students by recognizing the immense value of student, parent, teacher, and administrator voices as invaluable assets in shaping the future of education.
Join us in celebrating two decades of transformation, collaboration, and innovation as we continue to work towards a brighter future for education. Together, we can build a world where every student’s voice is heard and where education knows no bounds.
Special Partnership Recognition
Project Tomorrow recognizes AASA, The School Superintendents Association, for their longstanding support of Speak Up.
Introducing the 2023 Speak Up Hero Award Winners
In marking 20 years of the Speak Up Research Project, we are introducing the inaugural class of Speak Up Hero Districts. Learn how these districts made meaningful change with Speak Up data and what advice they offer to other districts.
“We wanted to be sure that our programs reflect the needs of our community and not the wants of the staff. Using the Speak Up surveys was a quick, efficient, and effective way to get the input of the whole community and identify what was needed,“ Stephanie noted. “It would be very difficult to meet the state reporting requirements without Speak Up data,” Stephanie noted. “It is more efficient and effective to capture the voices of all stakeholders through a survey rather than trying to arrange in person meetings. The data from the Speak Up survey gives everyone the opportunity to provide input, not just those able to participate in a face-to-face meeting.”
Arrowhead Union High School started to use Speak Up in 2012 to help them learn more about the student, teacher, parent, and administrator experiences with technology. The school develops a technology plan every three years but is continually updating. Having access to current information is essential to creating a plan that addresses its needs. “The Speak Up data keeps us on track and ensures that we are addressing the challenges and celebrating our successes,” according to Donna Smith, Director of Library Media & Technology.
“Schools and districts need to embrace Speak Up and develop a rapport with principals and teachers on how important it is to get accurate data,“ according to Gann. “Once they see how the Speak Up data is used for school improvement and the allocation of additional funds, they understand why participation is essential and beneficial.”
El Paso Independent School District (TX)
VISION: INSPIRE AND EMPOWER Learners to THRIVE
Hudson School District (WI)
VISION: to empower all students to cultivate their talents, embrace their passions, and leverage their learning to impact the world around them.
Jessamine County Schools (KY)
VISION: to motivate and challenge every child every day to be a caring, responsible citizen, and a high-level thinker, performer, communicator, and learner for life.
Lakeside Union School District (CA)
VISION: Teaching Students To Be Involved, Active Learners Who Think Critically, Learn Continuously, Collaborate Constructively, Communicate Effectively, Persevere Relentlessly And Care Deeply.
Talladega County Schools (AL)
VISION : Every student in Talladega County Schools will be a productive citizen, prepared for their unique future.
Weslaco Independent School District (TX)
VISION: to inspire and empower all students to reach their full, unique potential so that each thrives in and contributes to our global community.
Ysleta Independent School District (TX)
VISION: student performance will be increased in all assessed academic areas to ensure students continuously. improve their mastery of the content needed to be successful in ensuing years, culminating in students graduating ready for college, the military, or a career of their choice
Project Tomorrow thanks our generous Sponsors of the 20th Year of Speak Up Celebration and Hero Awards
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