'Mini-Speak Up' Asks Students How They Would Improve Education


Project Tomorrow has launched a miniaturized version of its annual Speak Up survey that will run through inauguration day. The "Mini-Speak Up" survey, for students only, spotlights just one topic--what students would do to improve schools.

For the Mini-Speak Up survey, students are asked to imagine what they, if they were President of the United States, would do if they could do only one thing "to ensure that all students receive the education and skills they need to be successful in life."

"We look forward to seeing the breadth of ideas our nation's students put forward, and sharing those with this country's elected leaders in the spring," said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, in a statement released this week. "We encourage students to respond on their own, teachers to lead a class discussion on the topic or assign it for homework, and parents to discuss suggestions with their children."

Project Tomorrow runs the annual Speak Up survey, an initiative aimed at collecting input and gauging attitudes toward 21st century learning by gathering responses from educators, administrators, parents, and students. Since 2003, some 1.5 million K-12 students, teachers, school leaders, and parents from more than 14,000 schools have participated in the full survey.

Students can access the new Mini-Speak Up survey here.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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