Creating a District Plan for Digital Equity

School district leader creates a district plan to promote digital equity.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The school district leader creates an actionable district plan to promote digital equity that consists of specific action steps, timelines, team members, and measurable outcomes.

Method Components

Creating a District Plan for Digital Equity is the fourth micro-credential in the Digital Equity stack:

  1. Foundations of Digital Equity: Understanding the Homework Gap
  2. Identifying Challenges in Ensuring Digital Equity
  3. Engaging Stakeholders to Address Gaps in Digital Equity
  4. Creating a District Plan for Digital Equity
  5. Implementing a District Plan for Digital Equity

Once you’ve identified key challenges in ensuring digital equity in your district and engaged key stakeholders to consider how to address these challenges, the next step is to begin to develop a district plan. In doing so, you will identify action steps, timelines, team members, partners, and measureable outcomes toward closing the “homework gap” in your district. For example, you might establish a partnership with a local library over the course of the next few months; you might also develop a campaign to raise local awareness about the needs of students in your district. The actions you take should be specific to your local context and needs. The artifact that you develop for this micro-credential is not expected to be comprehensive or all-encompassing—it is intended to provide a meaningful, substantive foundation to help you begin the process of meeting the needs of your students.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Becker, J. D. (2007). Digital equity in education: A Multilevel examination of differences in and relationships between computer access, computer use and state-level technology policies.education policy analysis archives,15, 3.
    http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/51
  • Mardis, M. (2016). Beyond the Glow: Children’s Broadband Access, Digital Learning Initiatives, and Academic Achievement in Rural Florida. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 25(1), 53-74. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Resources

  • How Digital Equity Can Help Close the Homework Gap, Marie Bjerede and Keith R. Krueger
    http://bit.ly/2k4zac1
  • In Portland, the Path to Digital Equity: Building Inclusion from the Ground Up, Journal of Digital and Media Literacy
    http://bit.ly/2j6STIn

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” for Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Part 1. Overview Questions

Describe two or more key elements of what a successful district-wide initiative looks like for your district. Why are these elements crucial to its success? (200-word limit)

Part 2. Evidence/Artifacts

To earn this micro-credential, use the information you learned from your identification of gaps (Identifying Challenges in Ensuring Digital Equity micro-credential) and engagement of stakeholders (Engaging Stakeholders to Address Gaps in Digital Equity micro-credential), to begin the process of creating a plan to address digital equity in your district.

The plan should consist of three or more goals, with each goal containing the following:

  • Actions Steps
  • Timelines
  • Team Members
  • Partners
  • Measurable Outcomes

Part 3. Reflection

How did the process of creating your plan in Part 2 impact your understanding of the nuts and bolts of trying to make digital equity a reality in your district? (200-word limit)

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Requirements

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