CoSN released the Digital Equity Toolkit in early 2016 to help school leaders and their students get community-based collaborations underway.  The kit   offers case studies, survey tools and strategies for establishing partnerships to create collaborative and creative solutions for out-of-school access for students.

Interested in getting your school district and community connected? The Digital Equity Toolkit can help you get underway with four key steps: Conducting a survey, engaging your community, ensuring sustainability through community assets, and considering outside-of-the-box solutions.

E-rate focuses only on school and public library connectivity, yet the public-private initiatives of the ConnectHOME, ConnectALL programs and modernization of the Lifeline program are all designed support building an affordable means of home Internet access for all. Community-wide efforts are “on the grow” and gaining momentum quickly throughout the country.  The Gigabit City movement and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance met in Kansas City last month to share successes and to strategically plan for increased collective impact in the year ahead.

This summer, CoSN, the organization Student Voice, and other partners will launch the National Student Leadership Challenge encouraging school leaders and their students to take an active role in increasing Digital Equity within their communities during the 2016–2017 school year. Students make for energetic and knowledgeable partners, and they will be working hard to increase out-of-school access, growing this Future Ready Dimension, and narrowing the Homework Gap within their communities!

Sources

1 John B. Horrigan, The numbers behind the broadband ‘homework gap’ (April 2015) http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/20/the-numbers-behind-the-broadband-homework-gap/

About the Author:

Keith Krueger is CEO of the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN).