Dear Education Leader:
I am inviting you today to share your insights and views for a national research study conducted by Project Tomorrow, the education nonprofit organization that facilitates the annual Speak Up Research Project on digital learning. The focus of this new study to understand how K-12 school districts are paying for digital learning devices (tablets, laptops, Chromebooks) for their students, teachers and staff. With the sudden shift to remote learning caused by COVID-19, school district funding of 1:1 devices for their students jumped 77%. That tremendous increase has resulted in a significant new focus on district investment strategies for both the long and short term. And new discussions, both locally and nationally, about how to sustain those investments so that all K-12 stakeholders have the best technology in their hands to support teaching and learning.
To share your ideas and views on this topic, please complete this short, 12-14 minute survey here http://bit.ly/K-12DigitalDIStrategiesSurvey so that we can better understand how education leaders such as yourself are thinking about this critical and timely topic. In recognition of the effort, we will be selecting 20 education leaders nationwide to receive a $50 Amazon gift card from Project Tomorrow. If you would like to be eligible to be selected for that gift card, please share with us your email address in the last question of the survey. If not, you can simply skip that last question. Your email address will only be used for this selection process and will not be shared with anyone or any organization outside of Project Tomorrow. Your survey responses are totally protected. We will be reviewing only the aggregated national data.
The aggregated national data will be used to inform a new report that we hope to release this spring. It is our goal that this report will inform policies and programs to support K-12 education funding, and bring greater attention to the need to develop more sustainable models for funding digital learning devices in K-12. Thank you for your contributions to this new national research study. Your input is important here.
In case you are not familiar with Project Tomorrow, we are a nationally recognized, 501.c.3 education nonprofit organization with a 25-year legacy of supporting innovation in K-12 education through school programs and research. Each year, Project Tomorrow facilitates the annual Speak Up Research Project to collect and report on the authentic feedback of K-12 students, parents and educators on trends in digital learning. In addition to the Speak Up Project, we also each year design and implement research studies on other key topics in education. Many of our study reports are here. Please feel free to access these reports to inform your own work as well.
If you have any questions about this research study or the survey, please contact me directly. My contact information is below.
Thank you for your leadership during this challenging time in our country and in K-12 education. And thank you for sharing your ideas and views with us for this new research study.
Julie A. Evans, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow