Leadership Exchange
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Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Providing Digital Equity Through the Power of Community Collaboration

Location: W185c

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 27, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: W185c

Susan Bearden   Crosby Kemper   Keith Krueger   Andrew Moore  
Digital equity is too big of an issue for school leaders to tackle alone. It constitutes a civil right to connect to needed resources - anywhere, anytime. Join and engage with community-based presenters who share how they leverage resources collaboratively to provide creative solutions and narrow the homework gap within communities.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Just need a browser.
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Digital equity
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers.
For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this interactive session is to share expertise and generate discussion, build knowledge, and share solutions pertaining to participant's needs with digital equity.

Participants will:
- Interact with national leaders advocating and working to move the digital equity agenda forward;
- Gather ideas from presenters and other participants on how to partner and collaborate with community members;
- Build a personal Digital Equity Action Agenda throughout the session for each participant through a series of guided activities
- Provide an electronic document that participant's can take action after they return from the conference.


Content, Activities, and Time:
- 15 minutes: Participant welcome and energizer - poll and group clustering to discuss and pinpoint their greatest "pain-point" with digital equity
- 15 minutes: Rotate through rapid-fire solution generating session with presenter experts
- 15 minutes: Work with a partner on an individual or school Digital Equity Action Agenda document
- 7 minutes: Meet with another participant to share the initial document
- 8 minutes: Conduct gallery walk reflection of ideas generated during the session.

Supporting research

The Pew Research Center conducted an analysis of the 2013 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that an estimated five million households with school-age children do not have high-speed Internet service at home. Low-income households, especially Black and Hispanic households, make up a disproportionate share of that 5 million. 3 The under-connection of low-income families is a real issue.
The Numbers Behind the Homework Gap

Digital Equity: The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: A Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth, by Blair Levin and Denise Linn, Benton Foundation, vol. 1.0, July 2015, www.gig-u.org/cms/assets/uploads/2015/07/Val-NexGen_design_7.9_ v2.pdf.

Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations, by Jordana Barton, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch, July 2016, https://dallasfed.org/assets/documents/cd/pubs/digitaldivide.pdf.

CoSN’s 2015 Annual E-Rate and Infrastructure Survey, By CoSN in partnership with MDR and AASA http://cosn.org/sites/default/files/pdf/CoSN_3rd_Annual_Survey_Oct15_FINALV2.pdf

Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Digital Equity http://digitalequityforlearning.org

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Susan Bearden, InnovateEdu
Crosby Kemper, Kansas City Public Library
Keith Krueger, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
Andrew Moore, Boulder Valley School District

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