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Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Educators

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Educators

Presented by Sarah Thomas, Educator and Founder, EduMatch movement; Nicol Howard, Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Redlands, CA; and Regina Schaffer, Technology Specialist, Middletown Township School District, NJ
Hosted by Colin Murcray, Director of Books and Journals, ISTE

Sponsored by The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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Based on their popular ISTE book Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom, Sarah Thomas, Nicol Howard and Regina Schaffer led a conversation designed to help K-12 educators take steps toward achieving digital equity in their classrooms and throughout the field of education.

Viewers will also come away from the edWebinar with:

  • An understanding of digital equity and awareness of the “problem of practice” for teachers and coaches
  • Strategies for connecting the ISTE Educator and Student Standards to practice
  • Real-life stories from teachers who have conquered complex equity challenges in their classrooms and from edtech coaches who have implemented equity-centered innovative professional development
  • Concrete, evidence-based strategies for teachers

While acknowledging the key challenges facing teachers in today’s classrooms such as access, connectivity, limited resources, digital divide and the homework gap, the presenters provide positive examples and recommendations for moving toward digital equity in K-12 settings. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 and higher education teachers and school and district leaders.

About the Presenters

Sarah Thomas, Ph.D. is an educator and the founder of the EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest. She has presented internationally, participated in the Technical Working Group to refresh the 2017 ISTE Standards for Educators, and is a recipient of the 2017 ISTE Making It Happen Award. She is also a national advisor for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand.


Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Redlands in California. She has served as co-chair for ISTE’s Digital Equity Network. Her research foci are equitable uses of technology in K-16 classrooms, STEM education opportunities and achievement, and teacher education concerns. Her writing has appeared in the Corwin Connected Educators Series Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources, Urban Education, International Journal of Educational Technology, EduCause, Edutopia, and eCampus News.


Regina Schaffer is a technology specialist for the Middletown Township School District in New Jersey. She was recently selected as a National School Board Association’s 20toWatch, as well as a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Common Sense Media Certified Teacher, Discovery Education DEN Star, Remind Connected Educator and Brainpop Connected Educator. Connect with Regina at on Twitter @reginaschaffer.



About the Host

Colin Murcray is the director of book and journal publishing at ISTE and an online instructor of English at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He has close to 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, most of it leading publishing operations of nonprofits, and has been teaching college English courses for over 10 years.



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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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