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Kansas District Takes Planned Approach to Digital Citizenship

Wichita Public Schools, KansasP-12

When leaders of Wichita Public Schools considered how they would build digital citizenship into the learning of every student, the 94-site district knew they needed to take a measured approach. The result was a 3-year plan that focused on middle schools the first year, elementary the second, and hig...

Topic: NETP24

Providing Multilingual Digital Literacy Support for Learners, Families, and Caregivers

Beaverton School District, OregonP-12

Located just outside of Portland, OR, the Beaverton School District serves over 40,000 students, approximately 24 percent of whom identify as Latino. When the schools first launched their 1-to-1 program in 2014, they discovered not all students had equitable access to reliable, high-speed internet a...

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Partnering with Local Government and Community Agencies with HCSEdConnect

Hamilton County Schools, TennesseeP-12

When schools transitioned to emergency remote learning in 2020, the Chattanooga, TN community recognized many students lacked the home internet access necessary to participate. To address the challenge, Hamilton County Schools (HCS), Hamilton County, the City of Chattanooga, the Enterprises Center o...

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Study Indicates Technology Can Support Reduced Juvenile Justice Recidivism

Arizona State University, ArizonaPostsecondary

When researchers from Arizona State University and the Oregon Research Institute set out to determine how to reduce recidivism in juvenile justice offenders, they began with two questions: Were youth receiving technology-enabled support services less likely to recidivate than peers who weren...

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Designing Wrap-Around Teacher Support as a New Normal

Denver Public Schools, ColoradoP-12

When Denver Public Schools (DPS) in Colorado considered the patterns of teacher  engagement in professional learning opportunities across the district, they noticed a familiar problem. Teachers attended one-off trainings on thoughtfully integrating technology within their practice and then moved on...

Topic: NETP24

Montana Offers Artificial Intelligence Course for High School Students


To ensure all students in the state have an opportunity to face the future of work, the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), a 14-year-old online school that offers more than 100 courses taught by Montana public school educators to students across the state began offering Artificial Intelligence in the W...

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Washington, D.C. Provides Access Improving Accessibility

DC Public Schools, District of ColumbiaP-12

With the announcement of the Community Internet Program, Washington, D.C. granted ISPs “free access to the roofs of DC-owned buildings, operated by the Department of General Services, to install service antennas if they commit to providing resident connectivity with reliable, high-speed connection...

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Sparking Innovation in Response to Teacher Needs

West VirginiaPostsecondary

Sometimes, innovation requires a push. A program supporting teachers across West Virginia works to do just that. The West Virginia Public Education Collaborative (WVPEC) housed at West Virginia University “is a non-partisan collaborative of diverse state and national leaders committed to championi...

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Personalizing Student Learning Through Tacoma Online

Tacoma Public Schools, WashingtonP-12

Tacoma Online, an online school founded in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has evolved into an integral part of Tacoma Public Schools' innovative learning landscape. Catering to over 1,200 students from K-12, it provides a personalized online learning experience and remains committed to b...

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Texas District Partners with SpaceX to Bring Satellite Internet to Underserved Communities

Ector County Independent School District, TexasP-12

Ector County Independent School District (ECISD) serves about 33,500 students in Western Texas, with approximately 80% of students identifying as Hispanic or Latino. When the pandemic interrupted in-person schooling in 2020, surveys indicated that 39% of ECISD students either did not have home inter...

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Building Pathways to Computer Science Success in Early County, Georgia 

Early County School District , GeorgiaP-12

Before 2021, the Early County School District in Georgia had no Computer Science program for its students. Three years later, the district’s high school will have four students complete its new computer science pathway. Through a partnership with the Kapor Center, the 52% Black school district has...

Topic: NETP24

Institute of Education Sciences Grant Funds Tool to Support Writing Instruction


Funded through a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences in 2021, Writing Architect is a tool aiming to “assist teachers in connecting evidence-based writing instruction with students' needs as identified in a digital classroom written composition assessment. The goal is to improve late el...

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Developing a Computer Science Immersion Program in South Dakota

Sioux Falls School District, South DakotaP-12

In 2017, Sioux Falls School District found ways to bring technology into the district. They started a five-year partnership with Code to the Future to create a computer science immersion program in three Title 1 elementary schools and two high-poverty middle schools. Code to the Future trains the te...

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Sparking Interest in STEAM Education Through Student Choice and Project-Based Learning

Pendergast Elementary School District, ArizonaP-12

Pendergast Elementary School District (PESD) in Glendale, AZ, has pursued the ambitious goal of developing a district-wide, student-centered, project-based learning culture. They implemented FUSE Studios, a research-based STEAM platform created by and housed within Northwestern University and funded...

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Digital Equity Champions for All Learners: The Urban League of Springfield, Inc. Leverages Trusted Relationships with the Community to Advance Digital Equity

Two students working together in front of a computer and audio recording equipment in the podcast studio at Urban League of Springfield’s Digital Learning Lab.


The Urban League of Springfield, Inc. (SUL), is a civic organization empowering the African American community of Greater Springfield, MA. The organization provides various services for youth and families, including advocacy, academic and social-emotional development, career services, and financial ...

Topic: Digital Equity

Bear Creek Middle School: Professional Learning for Effective 1:1 Implementation

Fulton County Georgia, GeorgiaP-12

Background Bear Creek Middle School—located just south of Atlanta, Georgia, in the Fulton County School District—just completed the 2nd year of its 1:1 device initiative, which provides over 1,100 students with new electronic digital devices. In December 2014, as the result of a Fulton Count...

Topics: 1:1 Initiative, digital citizenship, professional learning

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School: Using OER to Scale High-Quality Personalized Learning

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School Logo

Brooklyn, New YorkP-12

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB), a network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter schools in downtown Brooklyn, New York, is dedicated to serving the highest need students regardless of academic level, English language proficiency, or disability. LAB has leveraged its resou...

Topics: Openly Licensed Educational Resources, personalized learning

Columbus Municipal School District: From Textbooks to Tech

Logo of the Columbus School District

Columbus Municipal School District, MississippiP-12

The CMSD #GoOpen journey began about a year and a half ago, and was prompted by the realization that our outdated textbooks were no longer adequate to meet the needs of each student and to ensure that every student in our district succeeds. CMSD realized that not only did these textbooks fail to mee...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

STEM Classes and Beyond

School District of Philadelphia & Franklin Institute, PennsylvaniaP-12

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006. SLA provides a rigorous, college-pre...

Topic: 1:1 Initiative

Tech Savvy and Literate Students

Highline School District, WashingtonP-12

Midway Elementary School is a K-6 school in the Highline School District. There are 18 elementary schools in the district. It has a population of 640 students with approximately 44% ELL population, 90% Free and Reduced Meal Program, 54% Latino and less than 10% white. The Challenge Being able to p...

Topics: 1:1 Initiative, accessibility, community engagement