Speak Up: Partners & Sponsors
Each year, the Speak Up Research Initiative asks K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school.
Project Tomorrow gratefully acknowledges the Speak Up Research Project sponsors and partners for their support.
Thank you to the innovative companies that are sponsoring Speak Up and providing the funds that make it possible to conduct our research.
Champion Outreach Partners
Thank you to the associations and non profit groups that are raising awareness and sharing information with their members.
Speak Up is funded by a combination of corporate sponsorships/donations and Project Tomorrow’s own discretionary, unrestricted funds, with approximately a 50/50 split between corporate and Project Tomorrow funds. All funds targeted for Speak Up are restricted funds and used accordingly to underwrite the operational expenses of the project. Corporate sponsors are specifically identified and invited to support Speak Up by Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Dr. Julie A.Evans. There is no wholesale solicitation of sponsors, no public advertising of sponsorship opportunities, no corporate memberships associated with Speak Up and great discretion is used in selecting the companies to approach for donations.
To be invited to become a Speak Up sponsor, a company must meet specific criteria including: support the mission of Project Tomorrow and Speak Up; value the importance of including student voices in national, state and local discussions about education and respect the sanctity of the research process and data. In many ways, the “sponsorship opportunity” for Speak Up is not like any other sponsorship that a company may consider and does not fit neatly into the typical sponsorship formula for a conference, a program or a report as Speak Up is first and foremost a service offering to the schools and districts that participate.
We provide our corporate sponsors, our national champion outreach partners (SETDA, NSBA, CoSN, ISTE, iNACOL, NSDL) and many others with the nationally aggregated data totals per question, but we never share the raw data or any individual school or district data with any of these companies or organizations. The data that is shared is simply the straightline, national data totals such as “23% of high school students say their tech skills are advanced compared to their peers.” This is the same kind of data that we share in our national reports for public use. We do not share any information about who participates in Speak Up by school name or district. We do not share any specific data related to any particular school or district.