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November 30, 2011

Salisbury Schools Recognized as Top 200 Schools for Empowering Students’ Voices in Education

by Randy Ziegenfuss

Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit group, announced the selection of several schools from Salisbury Township School District as Speak Up 200 schoolsSpeak Up 200 schools are a collection of top K-12 schools in the country that encourage and involve authentic student, parent, and teacher ideas and views in the education planning and decision-making.

The following schools were selected to receive this national distinction from the 30,000 schools nationwide that have participated in the annual Speak Up surveys since 2003:

SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL
SALISBURY MIDDLE SCHOOL

More than 379,000 K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents, representing 6,541 public, private and charter schools from all around the country participated in the Speak Up 2010 surveys which were open for participation in fall 2010.

In making the announcement, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, noted, “We are very encouraged to know that some of the most innovative districts in our country are using the ideas of students as well as parents and teachers as input into their decision-making. By empowering student voices, the 2011 Speak Up 200 schools provide the education community with powerful examples of the value of including stakeholders in these important discussions around education transformation and school improvement.”

Director of Data and Technology, Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss said, “The Speak Up survey provides important data about students, parents, teachers and administrators that other surveys do not capture. The Speak Up responses provide us with an extra dimension of data that helps us think, plan and act for an exciting but unpredictable future in education. Our Speak Up survey data from 2010 reinforced the belief that we need to provide our students with increased learning opportunities while reducing budgetary coststhe driving force behind Teaching and Learning 2014 (TL2014).” TL2014 is the District’s learning initiative that includes providing each student in grade 6-12 with a laptop computer, professional development for teachers and administrators and education workshops for parents.

Speak Up 200 schools will be prominently featured on the Project Tomorrow website.  Additionally, Project Tomorrow will promote our distinction to Representative Charlie Dent and Governor Tom Corbett to demonstrate the power of educational innovation at the local level. Visit this link to learn how to take the Speak Up 2011 survey.

About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow is the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. With 15 years experience in the K-12 education sector, Project Tomorrow  regularly provides consulting and research support about key trends in K-12 science, math and technology education to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education. For additional information, visit: www.tomorrow.org.

About the Speak Up National Research Project 
The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 2.2 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Education, business and policy leaders use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.

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