Project Tomorrow Names All Four Frederick County Middle Schools Speak Up Loud and Clear Schools

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
October 7, 2016
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Project Tomorrow has recognized Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, Frederick County Middle School, James Wood Middle School and Robert E. Aylor Middle School as Speak Up Loud and Clear Schools for their involvement in the 2015 Speak Up Research Project on Digital Learning. More than 500,000 students, parents, educators and members of the community representing more than 7,600 schools participated in last year’s Speak Up survey. Out of those schools, just over 200 are being recognized as Speak Up Loud and Clear Schools for their total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up and use of data in local decision making. Frederick County Public Schools is one of only two school divisions in Virginia to have schools named Speak Up Loud and Clear Schools this year.

Project Tomorrow CEO Dr. Julie Evans says, “Each year we recognize schools and districts that are incorporating authentic feedback from their students, educators, parents and community as they develop strategic plans, make budgeting decisions, enhance their curriculum and determine professional development needs. Speak Up is a free service to schools and districts that allows them to collect direct feedback from their local stakeholders and contribute to the national education debate at the same time.”

Frederick County Public Schools Supervisor of Instructional Technology Resource Teachers Rod Carnill says, “Our schools have participated in the Speak Up survey for the past four years and I greatly appreciate the efforts of our Instructional Technology Resource Teachers for coordinating the effort in order to increase our levels of participation. The information we have gathered through the survey has helped shape our Educational Technology Plan and provided us with ideas about how to best utilize technology to engage students in the learning process. At our four middle schools alone last year, nearly 2,500 students completed the Speak Up survey. Their feedback along with that offered by parents, staff and members of the community, provided us with great insight into how students are using technology for learning in and out of school as well as emerging technologies that could enhance teaching and learning. Our participation in the Speak Up survey has also provided me with many opportunities to represent Frederick County Public Schools at Speak Up events, including trips to Capitol Hill to share and learn about a variety of perspectives regarding educational technology.”

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Our involvement in the Speak Up survey has been invaluable as we’ve continued working to provide students with engaging learning opportunities and implemented our 1:1 Chromebook initiative in grades three through 12 over the past few years. Each of our four middle schools are to be commended for their active participation in Speak Up 2015 and for being recognized as Speak Up Loud and Clear Schools.”

Project Tomorrow will be conducting the 2016 Speak Up survey between October 12 and December 16. In the next few weeks, information will be provided to students, parents, school staff and members of the community on how they can participate in this year’s Speak Up survey.