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The one-pagers also aim to help superintendents more effectively communicate with their stakeholders. Communication and how it leads to stakeholder buy-in is consistently identified as one of the most important components of any edtech initiative or school plan.

One of the nine briefs focuses on the ever-persistent and troubling homework gap and digital equity gap. It urges superintendents to think outside the box as they search for solutions that will ensure students from all socioeconomic backgrounds are able to have reliable internet connections.
Creating a common vision for digital equity and agreeing upon the reasons why broadband access is necessary for all students and the school community are necessary steps, along with partnering with libraries, nonprofits and others to provide training on the internet’s importance.

The brief also gives superintendents resources to see how other states and districts are working to close the homework gap and achieve digital equity.

The nine briefs are accessible via CoSN’s Empowered Superintendents landing page, and they cover the following topics:
1. Accessibility: A key to creating an equitable, effective learning ecosystem everywhere, all the time for all students
2. Cloud computing: Email, learning management systems, and productivity tools–you’ve made it to the cloud! Now what?
3. The importance of cybersecurity
4. Leadership for mobile learning: How can districts find success with 1:1 implementations?
5. Online assessment: An evolving landscape. New opportunities.
6. Student data privacy: A school system priority. An essential commitment.
7. Smart network design for transformation and innovation: Part of the SEND Initiative
8. Strategic technology planning and investment: Aligning priorities. Balancing choice, cost and outcomes. Part of the SmartIT initiative.
9. Closing the homework gap: Digital equity strategies for learning beyond the classroom

Laura Ascione

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