Closing the Digital Divide

To close the digital divide all DC residents must have access to high-speed Internet, computers, and digital literacy skills. In the past decade DCPS has shifted to heavy reliance on computer-based testing and online learning programs and curricula. Students without technology access at home and school, as well as strong digital literacy skills, are at a significant disadvantage. The implications of the digital divide on student achievement are significant. So where do we go from here?

A Comprehensive, Funded Tech Plan

The technology landscape in schools can be unnecessarily confusing. We have spent the last three years understanding the challenges, disconnects, and opportunities to provide DC students with a 21st century education. The solutions are not as complicated as you might think. How do we get there? We need a comprehensive, funded plan that ensures the right technology and supports for every student and teacher.

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A 1:1 student/teacher device ratio coupled with practical digital literacy training.

Technology powers our learning platforms and is the main mechanism by which students receive information, connect with teachers and classmates, and demonstrate what they have learned. It is essential that every student and teacher is equipped with the right technology tools and training to learn and teach.

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Robust remote and in-school technology support

Technology can facilitate learning and allow educators to use innovative platforms and applications to reach students at all levels. Families and teachers need effective and timely technology support from trained professionals to help them navigate the inevitable problems that occur. Schools need support to manage tech assets and ensure that technology is not a road block to learning.

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Improved technology infrastructure and sufficient Internet access for all to support learning in schools & at home

To best support our students we need the right infrastructure in our schools and across our city to allow students to connect, learn, and achieve their educational goals. 

Testimony/Presentations

Read our policy recommendation and testimony before the DC Council, DCPS, and DC State Board of Education

In the news

A collection of articles and news stories about the digital divide and technology challenges in DC Public Schools.

Take Action

Want to get involved? We have outlined some steps to help you Take Action!