21st Century Students Deserve a 21st Century Education

Speak Up is an initiative of Project Tomorrow, a leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up Project has three primary goals:

  • To collect & report on what key education stakeholders think about key 21st century education issues such as technology use within learning, science and math instruction and job/career preparation.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of including student, educator and parent voices in national and local discussions on these critical issues to our society and economy.
  • To stimulate new local conversations and support school & community efforts to improve educational opportunities for all students.

In 2007, Speak Up ran online surveys for K-12 students, teachers, parents and school leaders (school principals, technology coordinators, district administrators and school board members) across the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia. The survey looked at technology use, 21st century skills, schools of the future, emerging technologies (e.g. gaming, mobile devices), science instruction and global competitiveness, and the challenges facing school leaders today. Selected readings from this study are now available in: Speak Up 2007 for Students, Teachers, Parents & School Leaders: Selected National Findings This report features:

  • Technology Use by Today’s Students, Teachers, Parents and School Leaders
  • Preparing 21st Century Global Students
  • Preparing students for future jobs
  • Leveraging Emerging Technologies
  • Mobile Devices
  • Online Learning
  • Creating the Ultimate School for 21st Century Learners