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California Dreaming: How One State Uses Digital Guidance to Promote Digital Equity

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 120A

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Technology Projects Coordinator
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
I’m a mother, a daughter of arab immigrants, Muslim, learner, educator, and tech nerd. A Technology Projects Coordinator focused on leading a team to design/carry out professional development events for CA adult school educators by offering training opportunities via workshops, webinars, academies, planning, and more. In addition to coordinating PD I co-lead a 2 year Digital Leadership Academy helping participants train to become digital leaders at their respective agency.
Digital Skills Senior Technical Advisor
World Education
Jamie Harris works on national projects that draw on her strengths in digital literacy instruction, ESOL and adult education teaching and PD, and immigrant integration. Jamie comes to World Education from the Maryland Department of Labor Adult Instructional Services Team where she supported Title II programs with Technology Integration. Jamie led the development of a Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners and an Instructor Implementation Guide. She has also facilitated adult learner success as faculty and coordinator domestically and internationally. Jamie has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Masters of Education.
William Johnson is a respected principal at Evans CAS, an educational institution that focuses on bringing technology equity to adult students. With a passion for educational equity, Mr. Johnson has dedicated his career to ensuring that all students have access to the technology and resources they need to succeed in the modern world. As the principal of Evans CAS, Mr. Johnson oversees a team of dedicated educators who are committed to ensuring that adult students have the technology and resources they need to succeed in today's rapidly evolving job market.
Senior Program Manager SkillRise
Caroline McKinnon has worked for over 20 years with refugees, immigrants and survivors of torture and trafficking. She built and implemented programs to provide equitable, free education and work skills services for low income workers in the US, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East. She is the Senior Program Manager, Adult Education and SkillRise at ISTE, and a passionate advocate for equity and belonging in curriculums, workplaces and digital training.
Senior Research Associate, Project Manager
ISTE Certified Educator
Caitlin McLemore is a senior research associate and project manager at ISTE. She holds an Ed.D. in Technology Integration from Johns Hopkins and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Prior to working at ISTE, Caitlin was an educational technology consultant with experience in curriculum design, educational research, instructional coaching, and teacher professional development. She also worked for eight years in PK-12 independent schools as an academic technology specialist. Caitlin is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, ISTE Certified Educator, and published author.
Sophia Mendoza is an innovative systems-level collaborator with 25+ years of experience as an education leader in the Los Angeles Unified School District and a member of the ISTE Board of Directors. As the director of LAUSD’s Instructional Technology Initiative, she leads computer science education and digital citizenship implementation. Mendoza cultivates leaders and learners for the digital world, recognized as the Latina Technology Champion, CUE Administrator of the Year, and for Best Overall Implementation of Technology by Tech & Learning. She is also the Association of California School Administrators Region 16 Technology Administrator, expanding instructional technology opportunities for all students.

Session description

Participants will learn about California as a model for digital equity and guidance in all learning environments. Using the California Adult Education Digital Guidance and California Digital Learning Integration & Standards Guidance as reference points, this panel will discuss teaching and learning from a digital-equity lens and consider varied educational perspectives. The panel will include speakers from the state of California and partner organizations (ISTE) to discuss topics such as digital equity and access, digital-learning best practices, designing flexible learning experiences, adopting models that work, data-driven instruction and digital assessments, and fostering inclusive communities in online spaces.

Purpose & objective

The session will utilize the California Adult Education Digital Guidance and California Digital Learning Integration & Standards Guidance as a model for state level support of local educational agencies and educators to implement research-based best practices in digital teaching and learning to help their students be successful in a digital world.

Objectives: Participants will be able to (1) understand digital teaching and learning from a digital equity lens, (2) articulate the value of a digital learning guidance to support a shared vision for digital teaching and learning in a variety of learning environments, and (3) generate ideas for implementing digital guidance and digital learning best practices within their local context.

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1. Educator Voices: Watch videos from educators putting digital guidance into action, then participate in a facilitated discussion with other audience members (5-10 min)
2. Panel Introduction & Discussion: Panel topics will include digital equity and access, digital learning best practices, designing flexible learning experiences, adopting models that work, data-driven instruction and digital assessments, and fostering inclusive communities in online spaces (40-45 min, or about 7 min per topic)
3. Audience Q&A: Questions will come from both the Padlet and live audience participation (5-10 min)

A Padlet will provide an opportunity for participants to backchannel throughout the session and ask questions.

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Supporting research (includes references)

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Session specifications

Distance, online & blended learning
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Participants may participate in a backchannel to ask questions and share thoughts using a presenter-created Padlet. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the session for live Q&A to provide multiple opportunities for engagement.
Subject area:
Career and technical education, Not applicable
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.