Speak Up Resources
Speak Up Resources make it easy for you to participate. Lesson plans, promotional materials, sample social media messages and more are available at no cost to all schools and districts that take part in Speak Up.
View the 2022-2023 Surveys
“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 District started using Speak Up surveys in 2015 and has been recognized for its strong participation through the years. Over time, Speak Up data has helped the Wisconsin district to make program changes that ensure equity for all 2,151 students and serve the needs of the community.
When Donna Smith, Director of Library and Media Technology., heard about the Speak Up Research Project at a local conference, she was intrigued and immediately realized its potential. An added bonus was the fact that there were no costs associated with the survey. “We wanted to get a pulse of where kids were, who had devices and access to the Internet. Speak Up was a good way to capture this information and make beneficial decisions for the students in our district,” Donna observed.
“I love what Speak Up is doing and urge more districts to become involved and administer the survey in their district. Speak Up is providing all schools and districts the chance to be heard and make meaningful changes based on the voice of their stakeholders. As a free tool, Speak Up promotes equity and ensures all schools and districts have this opportunity, not only those that have the budget to purchase expensive solutions…”
Promotional Content for School or District Communications
NEW resources coming in September 2024!
Promotional Content for Social Media
NEW resources coming in September 2024!
Group Survey Materials
When you facilitate a Group survey, use the appropriate data collection form to record participants’ responses. Your school or district Speak Up contact will provide you with a link for entering the data into the survey tool following your group event. You may want to visit that link ahead of the event so that you can access tips for facilitating the survey including an introductory text that you can read to your group.
Group Survey Data Collection Forms
Information to know before you get started:
- You will read each question to the group and your participants will raise their hand to indicate agreement with any particular response. You can then count up those responses and enter the total in the data collection form.
- For any open-ended questions, we recommend that you facilitate a 5-7 minute group discussion to select your group’s favorite answers to this question. Please feel free to collect as many of your participants’ ideas as you wish.
- You know your participants best. You may opt to break the survey into multiple sessions, which is helpful with younger children. If you don’t think the participants will be comfortable with a question or a response, go ahead and skip over that one or allow for written responses, which allow for privacy. Or if you would like to shorten the survey, with your Speak Up primary contact, select a few key questions to ask the group and exclude the other questions.
- It is also fine to use the questions to have a discussion with your participants in a focus group type setting to gather feedback from your parent community around these important educational topics.
Project Tomorrow salutes the following innovative companies and organizations for their support of Speak Up 2023-24.
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.