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Snap3A: Addressing the Digital Divide within Los Angeles Unified School District Middle Schools

Location: W183a, Table 1

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Wednesday, June 27, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: W183a, Table 1

Francisco Canche   Rich Helm   Renee Hill   Debra McIntyre-Sciarrino   Sophia Mendoza  
LAUSD the first district in the nation to adopt ISTE Student Standards joined forces with California Emerging Technology Fund for a $3.5 million partnership aimed at closing the digital divide Participants will learn how a large school district such seeks out strategic partnerships and the extend of planning.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices for using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: 6-8
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Establish and leverage strategic partnerships to support systemic improvement.
Visionary Leadership
  • Advocate on local, state and national levels for policies, programs and funding to support implementation of a technology-infused vision and strategic plan.
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

By attending this session, participants will learn how a large school district such as LAUSD seek out strategic partnerships which help provide the additional support needed to address the achievement gap and the digital divide.

Through professional development sessions for educators, parents/guardians around the effective use of technology focused in middle school instruction. This professional development is targeted to support school leaders, teachers, administration and is aligned with all the ISTE student standards as LAUSD was the first District in the nation to adopt the standards. Our team offers numerous professional learning sessions on the ISTE Student Standards Suite district wide as well as to these targeted middle schools.

The targeted middle schools were selected based on the degree to which they are already using devices in their instructional program, these schools are also a part of LAUSD Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI).

The partnership will begin with seven middle schools across Los Angeles Unified School District, with plans to expand to eight additional middle schools by the end of the year. While most of the strategies and funds will target professional development to support teachers in enhancing their instructional programs using digital tools, schools will be able to exercise options to allocate resources for efforts they deem important such as classes for parents and guardians to help familiarize them with devices and online learning tools schools are using.


LAUSD was the first district in the nation to adopt the ISTE Student Standards and it is currently in the process of obtaining the ISTE Seal of Alignment for these professional development sessions. We will share school data and artifacts as well as details about the partnership. (10 mins)
Sharing of Best practices throughout the middle schools (10 minutes)
Question and Answer (5 minutes)
Reflect and Share (5 minutes)

Supporting research

California Emerging Technology Fund (CTEF) Website

CTEF Executive Summary of Program

Instructional Technology Website

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Francisco Canche, Los Angeles Unified School District
Rich Helm, Los Angeles Unified School District
Renee Hill, California Emerging Technology Fund
Debra McIntyre-Sciarrino, Los Angeles Unified School District
Sophia Mendoza, Los Angeles Unified School District

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