Project Tomorrow

Rating: 4.83 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Technology, Education

Location: 15707 Rockfield Blvd Suite 250 Irvine CA 92618 USA

Mission: Founded in 1996, Project Tomorrow's mission is to support innovative, research-based uses of science, math and technology resources to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in students.  Our vision is to prepare today’s students to be tomorrows innovators, leaders and engaged citizens.
Results: **370,000 K-12 students, teachers, parents and administrators shared their ideas on 21st century education through the Speak Up 2009 surveys to improve teaching and learning. **5,700 schools and 1,215 districts used their Speak Up data to inform local educational programs, policies and funding **Federal agencies and state departments of education throughout the country used Speak Up data to inform their K12 education programs, policies and funding. ** 2296 elementary students were engaged and motivated to learn science and math as a result of the YouthTEACH2Learn program in the 2009/10 school year. ** 61% of our YouthTEACH2Learn high school student participants were more interesting in a career in teaching as a result of this program.
Target demographics: Primary audience:  K-12 students in public and private schools nationwide Secondary audience:  Parents, teachers and administrators that support the educational opportunities for K-12 students
Direct beneficiaries per year: 375,000 K-12 students
Programs: Speak Up National Research Project ** YouthTEACH2Learn Career Exploration Program ** Innovation in Education Awards for STEM Excellence ** Innovators' Road Trips for STEM Career Exploration ** Youth Leadership Summit in Math and Science **

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Project Tomorrow is an invaluable partner for the National Science Digital Library (http://nsdl.org) - helping us in the past four years to understand patterns and trends in educational uses of technology, and to know and understand our users. This information is critical in helping us to not only tailor free resources for science and math education that are interesting and engaging. We incorporate findings from Speak Up! data into professional development opportunities that assist teachers and educators to effectively integrate and implement digital resources into their classroom teaching.

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collaborative work with Project Tomorrow to across an extensive partnership of science, technology, engineering, and math-based digital libraries

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Julie Evans

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Tomorrowis that rare organization that not only develops critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in students, but then gets feedback from the students as to the effe ctiveness of the program. They do a great job of preparing students to be the innovators and leaders and of the future. If your focus is science, math or technology, Project Tomorrow can make a difference in your school district.

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This organization has the most mature feedback program of any educational organization. Their Speak Up results are reviewed all the way up to the congressional level. I have seen how the feedback helped shape follow-on programs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The innovation and the desire to get direct feedback

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional and very committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help all schools add the creative, discovery-based programs that we need to be competitive in today's economy

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

For 3 years, Arizona has had students, staff and parents take the Speak Up Survey, which focuses on the use of educational technology. Because of a partnership with SETDA (State Educational Technology Directors Association) and Project Tomorrow, the state office receives aggregate student, teacher, and parent data. Project Tomorrow staff has been extremely helpful in supporting us getting our numerous districts into their survey. The data that we receive helps inform my office of Educational Technology on how educators and students are using technology inside and outside of school and the ways that they would like to use technology in their classrooms. This is an outstanding organization to work with.

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I personally experienced the results of this organization as soon as I received back our first set of data. I began to use it as "talking points" for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and for making decisions about grant funding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their willingness to support different ways to implement the Speak Up survey.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful. They need to clone themselves about 3 times to keep up with all of work they have generated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create additional ways to find out how groups are using educational technology effectively.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Tomorrow collects data and feedback from students, parents, teachers, administrators, and pre-service teachers about education issues through their annual Speak Up survey. This data is then distributed to the schools, districts, and states providing them with valuable information about the thoughts of all the different stakeholders in the school community. The results of the nationwide survey are shared with key decision makers and policy influencers at annual Congressional Briefings for both the House & Senate. These survey results are very important because they help stimulate local, state, and national discussions about education trends that in turn help to shape education policy and funding decisions. Julie Evans and her team do a wonderful job of collecting, analyzing, and sharing this data at conferences, webinars, and briefings.

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the excellent Speak Up data results they share out each year. I've worked closely with Project Tomorrow at several Congressional Briefings and conferences over the last several years.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand worldwide and compare data from many different countries

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

Blackboard has partnered with Project Tomorrow for 3 years. Along with many in the K12 education industry, we rely on the valuable market trend data and information that Project Tomorrow collects from key education stakeholders - students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Project Tomorrow's insightful reports help inform decisions to bring new solutions to the K12 education market in an effort to create an engaging learning environment for children in the 21st century.

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several education research reports and speaking engagements.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

For several years Project Tomorrow staff have collaborated with State Department of Education staff in their data collection initiative. Not only have they consulted with us as they craft each year's national survey, but they also work with us to analyze the data and provide reports to help inform our work in the states. We know more about the experiences and practices of our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and preservice teachers as a result of Project Tomorrow's Speak Up surveys, allowing us to craft programs, curriculum, professional development, etc. to benefit our schools.

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the benefit to the work in which I am involved at the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Instructional Technology & School Library Media - for both the work of the Department and with one of our large Title II-D Ed Tech partnership grants.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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