Student access to robust digital tools is key to their success as 21st-century citizens. Yet, many students have limited access to these tools, both at school and home. CoSN is working to close the access gap for learning no matter where the students are.

CoSN Digital Equity Project Director: Lucy Gray, lgray@cosn.org

CoSN staff contact: Jill Brown, MA, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, jbrown@cosn.org

Defining Digital Equity 2022

Creating a shared understanding of what digital equity is and what district leaders can do to realize digital equity for the students that they serve is more important than ever. CoSN has created this resource to help leaders build a shared understanding of digital equity for their district.

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Learn about the Digital Equity Dashboard, an innovative and practical tool designed to help school districts and communities leverage data to close digital equity gaps. The powerful instrument integrates various national data sets into one comprehensive dashboard. By anonymizing the data and breaking it down into county, school district and zip code units, the Digital Equity Dashboard provides school and community leaders with valuable data to inform decision-makers and address equity concerns.

Update: As of December 13th, 2023, the Digital Equity Dashboard has been upgraded to Version 2. While the core concept and purpose of the dashboard remain unchanged, there have been significant updates to the metrics, resources, and overall layout. These changes reflect the valuable feedback received from our partners and users.

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Student Home Internet Connectivity Study

shcsThis report is the second year of a breakthrough study on students’ at-home internet connectivity with a special focus on the home-to-school experience. The study fills a critical need among educators and policymakers for detailed insight on students’ learning experiences at home since returning to the classroom.

Seven K-12 urban, suburban and rural school districts from across the United States with approximately 300,000 students participated in the study. Now that most students have returned to their school locations for in-person learning, the study examines how network connectivity has changed. The resulting findings will serve as a guide for school district technology leaders across the United States working to improve online learning equity, especially during after-school hours when students are doing school work from home. Policymakers and educators must not lose sight of the considerable inequities that remain around at-home internet connectivity, especially for at-risk populations.

To view the 2021 Student Home Connectivity Report click here. To view the 2021 Visualized Data, click here.

View our Member Exclusive Briefs for the 2022 Student Home Connectivity Study

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View the latest District Spotlights for the 2022 Student Home Connectivity Study

Aldine ISD: Student Home Connectivity Challenges and Opportunities

Beaverton School District: Telling Their Story Through Data

Ector County ISD: Creating A Connected Community 

Conversation Starters

Using data to understand the needs within your district is important component to closing the digital divide. This presentation is intended for CoSN leaders to use as a conversation starter with the leadership teams in their district as a way to help navigate the work that is involved in collecting data in order to realize digital equity. To get started, download the entire presentation and modify for your specific needs. You will find notes that accompany most of the slides to guide you through the presentation. We suggest using this during a leadership team meeting with the intention of it being as much about a conversation with dialogue throughout, as it is a presentation. 

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This presentation is intended for CoSN leaders to use as a conversation starter with the leadership teams in their district as a way to help navigate the work that is involved in realizing digital equity for all students. To get started, download the entire presentation and modify for your specific needs. You will find notes that accompany most of the slides to guide you through the presentation. We suggest using this during a leadership team meeting with the intention of it being as much about a conversation with dialogue throughout, as it is a presentation. 

 

Please share this with others but give attribution to CoSN.

Use This to Guide Your Leadership Team to Support Your Digital Equity Initiative:

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Digital Equity Advisory Committee

The CoSN Digital Equity Educator Advisory Board seeks to support school leaders in their efforts to close the digital divide by supporting digital equity and digital inclusion efforts. Members of the committee meet regularly to advise CoSN on issues that districts are facing and offer strategies and resources that could support CoSN members with their digital equity efforts.

Digital Equity in Action

Districts across the country are working to close the digital divide for their students. In these videos you can see firsthand how CoSN members are ware working to ensure digital equity.

Desert Sands Unified School District was the winner of the 2021 CoSN Community Leadership for Digital Equity Award Recipient. Learn how DSUSD is creating an equitable digital learning environment for all of their students in this video. 

Santa Fe Public School is working hard to close the digital divide for their students. Take a look at the holistic approach that they are taking to ensure digital equity to ensure that every student in the district is prepared for their future.

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