The chasm of the Digital Divide has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students, families, and educators continue to experience great needs in access to devices and connectivity. This webinar is set to address inequalities while providing insights, opportunities, and emerging solutions and best practices that can be employed to address the critical digital access our students need to succeed in education and beyond.

Join industry experts as we delve into the complexities of the Digital Divide, ranging from:
  • slow to no internet connection
  • student access to technology devices (including multiple students from one household who must share limited devices)
  • educators prepared and professionally developed for digital learning; and
  • emerging solutions and best practices to bridge the divide.
Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and Dr. Arsenio Romero, Superintendent of Deming Public Schools also a Regent for New Mexico State University, will join Nancy Lewin, Program Director, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, in this moderated discussion.


About this webinar series: Equity in Action| Partnering to address Inequities

Inequities are not new. We’ve all talked about them. Research has studied them. Numerous estimates have been made in attempt to measure the disparity. The new difference is that COVID-19 has shone the spotlight on the way existing inequities are amplified and prior gaps are at risk of being further entrenched. Individual organizations, including ACT, are actively working on solutions to address these inequities. But we also know that none of us can address or overcome these hurdles alone. ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning is working, together with partners from across the education landscape, in ways to discuss and address the inequities that are deepened in the face of COVID-19 to meet them head on. ACT is proud to offer this unique opportunity to bring leading experts together to work together to address some of the most critical inequities facing our students and employees today and to challenge us to work together to eliminate them.

When we work together, we can achieve greatness.


Overview

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes

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Presenters

Richard CulattaRichard Culatta serves as the CEO at International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and brings vast experience in education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology and innovation to his role with ISTE. Culatta is a longtime ISTE member and a past recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. In this role, he focused on developing partnerships to improve opportunities for students, including launching a program to make Rhode Island the first state to offer computer science in every K-12 school and creating a state vision for personalized learning.

As the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, Culatta focused on efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country and develop the National Education Technology Plan.

Prior to his role with the Department of Education, Culatta served as an education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master's in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.

Dr.
 Arsenio RomeroDr. Arsenio Romero is a native of New Mexico. Currently, Dr. Romero is the Superintendent of Deming Public Schools. He also is a Regent for New Mexico State University. His leadership background focuses on turnaround initiatives, educational boarder issues, leadership development, multiage environments, equity and education, using technology to enhance learning and politics in the educational setting. Dr. Romero received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at New Mexico State University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico and a Doctorate in Educational Management and Development at New Mexico State University.

In 2019, Dr. Romero was awarded the National Superintendent of the Year Award by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

Dr.
 Nancy LewinDr. Nancy Lewin is a program director in ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning where she focuses at the program and local level on the intersections of equity innovation and improvement in schools, districts and postsecondary institutions. Dr. Lewin emphasizes the need for developing and nurturing strong relationships with organizations and associations that focus on Hispanic and Latino learners. She has led the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents as executive director and has 23 years of experience with specialization in Multiliteracy, Exceptional Education, Climate and Culture Setting, Curriculum Development as well as Professional Leadership. Dr. Lewin has vast experience in education. Her experiences include teaching and leading in K-12 schools, serving as Special Education Director and Chief Academic Officer. She has served in preparing individuals as school administrators as an adjunct university professor.

Dr. Lewin earned her doctorate in professional leadership at University of Houston and holds K-12 school district superintendent certificates in Texas and Virginia. She is a Rice Educators Entrepreneurial Fellow and has a love for learning, innovation and technology. She is a champion for equity and believes that access, information and opportunity are essential to the success of all students and leaders.