Digital Equity Action Agenda
Student access to robust digital tools is key to their success as 21st century citizens. Yet 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 no matter where the students are. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the Digital Equity Action Agenda Initiative: AT&T, Filewave, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HP, Kajeet, and Ruckus.
Digital Equity Award and Student Video Contest - Winner Announced!
Congratulations to this year's winner, Rancho Minerva Middle School in California’s Vista Unified School District!
The school was chosen among more than 50 student groups from across the United States and Canada.
Leaders and students from Rancho Minerva Middle School will be honored and recognized at the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference, April 3-6 in Chicago, Illinois. You can see their digital equity story and winning submission here.
The Community Leadership Award for Digital Equity was created to encourage and recognize the districts that are working to eliminate inequities and to narrow the access gap. Learn more about our Digital Equity Student Video Challenge for students in grades 6-12.
Digital Equity Action Toolkit
Students without home access to high quality broadband connectivity are at a disadvantage, unable to realize the full power of digital learning. Only 3% of teachers in high-poverty level schools said that their students had the digital tools necessary to complete homework assignments, compared to 52 percent of teachers in more affluent schools—a discrepancy labeled as the "homework gap."
To address this key challenge, CoSN launched the Digital Equity Action Agenda initiative. This effort recognizes the school districts that are building meaningful community partnerships and creating tools to help district leaders get started in achieving digital equity.
Our new toolkit provides educational leaders with the information they need to address digital equity in out-of-school learning. As a member said:
"The CoSN Digital Equity Action Toolkit is the best and most practical document I have seen on this topic." —Devin Vodicka, Superintendent, Vista USD, California
Digital Equity Infographic
Working with your community to address Digital Equity? This new resource can be downloaded and customized by your school to help get conversations underway! There is space above the banner on the front page for your school name, and also space at the bottom of the back page to add a school logo and contact information. We appreciate your interest in narrowing the access gap for students in your community!
Be sure to download survey templates for students and parents, created in partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University.
- Watchworthy Wednesday: Closing the Homework Gap
- Infographic: Homework Gap
- Digital Equity blog posts from CoSN CEO Keith Krueger
- Rethinking Equity in a Digital Era: Forging a Strong Partnership Between District Title I and Technology Leaders
This toolkit includes a discussion guide for planning technology integration into Title I Programs, tips for building collaboration between the Title I Director and the CTO, and three in-depth case studies. Money is always in short supply. Make sure you are getting the most out of yours!
- CoSN Advocacy Network—CoSN raises awareness of the access gap through its advocacy work and advocates for E-rate reform to close the gap
- U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology Letter on Federal Funds and Technology. Learn how funds from ESEA (Titles I, II, III) and IDEA may support the use of technology to improve instruction and student outcomes.
- U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Letter on Technology and Equity
- Remarks of FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel—"Bridging the Homework Gap"