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Digital Equity Strategies for Teachers and Teacher Educators

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 23, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: Nutter Theater: Level 1

Susan Bearden   Dr. Nicol Howard   Dr. Betina Hsieh   Regina Schaffer   Dr. Sarah Thomas   Dr. Sarah-Jane Thomas  
Presenters will discuss how digital equity can be achieved on campuses and in professional development, by exploring challenges and solutions facing pre-service and in-service educators. The presenters will provide examples and recommendations for leaders and educators on moving toward digital equity in K12 and teacher education.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Digital equity
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

- Discussion of historical placement of “digital equity” content in teacher education programs
-Offer strategies for connecting the ISTE Educator Standards to practice in teacher education and professional development
-Share ideas from educators who have encountered and conquered some of the challenges addressed in the session, and implemented equity-centered innovative strategies
-Offer concrete, evidence-based strategies for preparing future teachers to navigate the process
-Discussion of possibilities for the future direction of digital equity in teacher education


Content will be presented in the form of an interactive lecture and audience members will engage with the panelist and one another. In addition to peer-to-peer interaction, the presenters will engage participants in device-based activities (e.g., Poll Everywhere).

Supporting research

Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies in Teacher Preparation

CoSN Digital Equity Toolkit

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report

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Susan Bearden, InnovateEdu
Dr. Nicol Howard, University of Redlands
Dr. Betina Hsieh, California State University, Long Beach
Regina Schaffer, Thorne Middle School

Regina Schaffer is a Technology Specialist for the Middletown Township School District. She has served as co-chair for ISTE’s Digital Equity Network and is currently on the leadership team for the Computer Science PLN. Her passion for integrating technology in learning for students has been an integral part of her evolution as a modern educator. She is an advocate for technology equity and access; and for using technology to bridge the gaps that exist for many of our nation’s students

Dr. Sarah Thomas, Edumatch
Dr. Sarah-Jane Thomas, Prince Georges County Public Schools

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