2nd NH Summit on Digital Equity

Friday, 3 November 2017 8:15 AM - 2:45 PM EST

98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH, 03242, United States

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Friday, 3 November 2017 8:15 AM - 2:45 PM EST

Simon Center Great Room, New England College, 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH, 03242, United States.



2nd NH Summit on Digital Equity:  Toward Systemic Digital Equity

 Friday November 3rd, 2017

Great Room, Simon Center

New England College

You are invited!  

The National Collaborative for Digital Equity at New England College cordially invites you to join us for the nation's second statewide summit on digital equity.

At the first summit, on February 3rd 2017, we helped nearly a dozen NH communities explore whether and how best to form school/community partnerships to close the digital divide at home for low income learners of all ages. Since then, great progress has been made:

v  More than a dozen NH neighborhoods, schools and communities have formed GenYes chapters for the first time, equipping youths with the skills to provide tech support for non-tech savvy educators, relatives and neighbors.

v  The National Collaborative for Digital Equity (www.digitalequity.us) has formed a national advisory council of banking leaders to provide guidance to community and school system leaders on how best to prepare plans and funding proposals to support their local systemic digital equity efforts.

v  Several other states have begun intensive plans to replicate the NH statewide summit process of mobilizing communities to close the digital divide in support of local economic and educational opportunity.

At the 2nd NH Summit, come learn about CONCRETE resources and strategies for forming new GenYes chapters, and building on existing ones now to add vitally important new dimensions of local digital equity -- from cybersafety and information literacy, to device financing for families with weak or no credit.

The summit will be of interest to educators, public and school librarians, school board members and administrators, banking and foundation leaders, community organization leaders, and those concerned about workforce development and economic opportunity.


7:45 – 8:25 am          Registration and continental breakfast

8:25 – 8:45 a.m.        Welcoming Remarks:  Dr. Robert McLaughlin, associate dean of education, New England College (NEC), and Dr. Paul Resta, Milliken Professor of Education Technology, University of Texas-Austin (UT), co-chairs, National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE)

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.        Why Being Systemic is Crucial: Panel with Q & A

                    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.        Panel: Paul Resta (UT), Jeff Cohen (FSG via Skype), and Robert McLaughlin (NEC) 

                     9:00 – 9:15 a.m.        Q & A

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.      The NH GenYes Initiative: A dozen NH chapters since Feb. 2017 Summit 

9:15 – 9:25 a.m.          Insights on the Statewide Initiative: Video and remarks by GenYes Founder Dr. Dennis Harper

9:25 – 9:50 a.m.          Panel of local GenYes leaders at NH schools and NEC

9:50 – 10:00 a.m.        Q & A: What are the benefits of forming a GenYes effort? What other dimensions and partners are needed to leverage GenYes for impact? What challenges are involved in launching a GenYes chapter? What steps might other communities take? 

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.    Break

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.    Affordable Broadband in New Hampshire:  Panel w/Q & A

10:15 – 10:35 a.m.      Panel: Becca Fracassa (Comcast), Melinda Poore (invited, Spectrum), Stan Freeda (NHDOE), Carol Miller (NH Dept. of Economic Development), Michael Flood (Kajeet) 

                 10:35 – 10:45 a.m.       Q & A: What’s possible now in all areas of NH, what programmatic initiatives and policy changes are needed, and what specific steps can participants take to access affordable broadband? 

10:45 – 10:55 a.m.    Update on planning a pilot to create a “loan loss reserve” enabling device financing for low-income families:  How is the pilot designed and, if successful, what are next steps participants should consider?  A conversation between Lisa Trisciani, Connection Public Sector Solutions, and Bob McLaughlin, NEC

10:55 – 11:35 a.m.    Librarians: Crucial Support for Cybersafety and Information Literacy 

10:55 – 11:25 a.m.      Panel: Susan Ballard (past president, American Association of School Librarians), NH School Library Media Association (invited), and Chelsea Hanrahan (Director, Danforth Library at New England College), moderated by Paul Resta

11:25 – 11:35 a.m.      Q & A: What expertise and resources can school and public librarians bring to closing the digital divide? How best enlist their support to address such challenges as cyberbullying and information literacy? How can a community best reach out to librarians for their support?

11:35  – 12:15 pm     Showcase

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.     Lunch with showcase

12:45 - 1:45  p.m.      Addressing the Summer Slide: Educational content partnerships that require and leverage digital equity

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.       Discussants: Miriam Gilbert (Rosen Digital), Susan Ballard (AASL), and Jen Grantham (education technology integrator, Nashua Public Schools). Moderated by Bob McLaughlin. What resources are available and by what steps can participants tap them?

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.          Q & A:  What is the “summer slide”? What tech resources do low-income learners and their families need for an effort to prevent it?  How might Nashua launch a Summer Slide initiative?

1:45 – 2:05 pm         Declara: A Knowledge Management Toolset for Digital Equity in New Hampshire (and beyond): Dr. Zak Zielezinski, CEO, Declara

2:05 – 2:30 p.m.        The Habit of Mind Partnership: Fostering Evidence-Based Practice in Education, Dr. Irv Richardson (NH National Education Association) and Bob McLaughlin (NEC)

2:30 – 2:40 p.m.        Plenary Discussion: Next Steps for Digital Equity in New Hampshire?


2:40 – 2:45 p.m.       Door Prizes

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