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CoSN CTO Forum: Building a Community Conversation on Digital Equity

Location: W185c

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Participate and share : Forum

Tuesday, June 26, 1:00–2:30 pm
Location: W185c

Diane Doersch   Marlo Gaddis   Keith Krueger   Andrew Moore   Dr. Scott Smith  
Student access to robust digital tools is key to their success. Many students from economically disadvantaged families have limited access to these tools both at school and at home. CoSN is working to close the access gap for learning. Join the conversation about strategies and tools to support your work. Register Here

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Helpful to have Google and/or Office 365
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Digital equity
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Lead purposeful change to maximize the achievement of learning goals through the appropriate use of technology and media-rich resources.
Digital Citizenship
  • Ensure equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners.
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our session is aimed at leveraging the power of technology to close the digital divide among students. Technology can help overcome barriers of time and distance that teachers often face, but if not leveraged properly, it can also exacerbate the achievement gap. Alleviating accessibility challenges is crucial to success for all students, and research clearly shows that technology is one of the best means of leveling the playing field for students, especially when it comes to securing equal access to learning resources.

By the end of this session, the learner will be able to:
Understand your school’s needs and valuable assets.
Consider and plan for accessibility and sustainability- learn to adjust resources and assignments.
Develop plans that keep in mind the needs of your most vulnerable populations.
Explain why communication between teachers, families, and the community is crucial for student success and for closing the Achievement Gap through effective and timely communication.
Articulate the benefits of collaborating with a diverse set of stakeholders.


During this session, we will provide insight and lead a discussion on the digital equity. We will share best practices for access, digital literacy, and powerful uses of technology to empower students to use technology for good, not evil. The time will be spent providing a rationale and having peer-to-peer discussions regarding questions and best practices. We will give both a broad overview of the topic, as well as opportunities to provide specific strategies.

Supporting research









Lindsey, Randall B., et al. Cultural proficiency: a manual for school leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA, Corwin Press, 2009.

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Diane Doersch, Green Bay Area Public Schools
Marlo Gaddis, Wake County Public Schools
Keith Krueger, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
Andrew Moore, Boulder Valley School District
Dr. Scott Smith, Mooresville Graded School District

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