The school district leader promotes awareness of the “homework gap” among district staff or the general public through a chosen medium.
Foundations of Digital Equity: Understanding the Homework Gap is the first micro-credential in the Digital Equity stack. Successful completion of this micro-credential is a prerequisite for earning the remaining micro-credentials in the Digital Equity stack.
As the spread of broadband access has expanded and schools have integrated technology further into their instruction, students have been increasingly required to access the Internet during out-of-school hours in order to complete required assignments and activities. While this blended instructional approach has benefited many students by taking advantage of the affordances of both face-to-face and online instruction, it has left some students increasingly vulnerable to falling further behind their peers. These students—students who are unable to access the Internet reliably from home—are victims of what has been described as the “homework gap.”
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.
(200-word limit for each response)
To earn this micro-credential, provide one or more artifacts that your school district has used to either 1) promote awareness of the “homework gap” among district staff or the general public (e.g., a link to a page on a school website, a PDF of a flyer) or 2) articulate a policy that attempts to address the “homework gap” (e.g., a document that outlines a specific district policy).
The artifact(s) should be accompanied by background information that provides appropriate context for the artifact (e.g., location of the district, student demographics, etc.) along with a brief explanation the artifact’s purpose.
Consider the artifact(s) that you submitted in Part 2. What meaningful modifications might you make in order to make it more relevant? Feel free to submit this reflection in whatever format is most effective for you (e.g., text, audio, video, etc.).
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