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, Dell, Google Fiber, HP, Kajeet, Qualcomm Education, Inc, and Microsoft.
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.
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
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.