With Grace Ting and Ellen Goldich, EducationSuperHighway
An estimated 550,000 students in New York lack reliable Internet connectivity outside of the classroom.
Identifying unconnected students is the first step in addressing the digital equity gap and being able to deliver remote learning. But inaccurate responses, inefficient collection processes, and incomplete datasets are common pitfalls for school districts when surveying families about home technology access.
In this webinar, we'll introduce the Digital Bridge K-12 Home Access Needs Assessment Playbook, a free step-by-step guide to support you with collecting the data you need to understand which students lack home digital access. We'll provide expert advice, tools, and best practices to help you:
1. Coordinate a family outreach and engagement campaign using our 10-day action plan.
2. Train your team on best practices and useful tools to support outreach to families
3. Organize and visualize your home digital access data and identify available provider options using our mapping tool.
Grace leads the Digital Bridge K-12 Initiative's work with states, partnering with education leaders to increase access to Internet connectivity for all K-12 students. She has 15 years of experience in education and technology, working to close the digital divide and support equity in public education.
Ellen is a program director for Digital Bridge K-12, helping bring to life products and playbooks to support broadband infrastructure upgrades across the country. With a passion for closing the digital divide, she has spent the last decade working with school districts, state leaders, Internet service providers and ed-tech organizations to implement technology projects.
The Digital Equity webinar series is organized by the New York State Library and the New York State Education Department, in partnership with the METRO Library Council and the Northern New York Library Network.