CETF - On a mission to close the Digital Divide - Page 25

special promotional section the School2Home initiative in 2009 in collaboration with the Children ’ s Partnership and stakeholders statewide , including the California Department of Education , educators , broadband providers and technology companies . School2Home seeks to close both the Achievement Gap and the Digital Divide in underserved middle schools by integrating computing and broadband technologies into teaching and supporting innovative pedagogy , personalized learning and other school-improvement programs , with an intense focus on parent engagement .
A 2020 independent evaluation of the CETF School2Home statewide initiative found teachers and principals at participating schools were better prepared to transition to distance learning — almost 90 % of the teacher survey respondents agreed that School2Home helped their school transition to online learning . Additionally , 95 % of teacher survey respondents said School2Home should be continued in their school during the upcoming school year .
Madison Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District would not be “ where it is today without School2Home ,” says Principal Susan Parker . “ Its leadership in establishing the digital connection between school and home has been invaluable . For students to be successful , the parents must be on board .”
Read more about School2Home at https :// www . school2home . org /
“ Distance learning changed education . Now is the time to seize the lessons learned during school shutdowns to effectively integrate technology tools in K-12 education at school and at home .”
Sunne Wright McPeak President and CEO , California Emerging Technology Fund
Jessica Laskey is the Special Sections Editor . More at jessicalaskey . com .
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