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In 1932, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that electricity was not a luxury reserved for only those with means, but a necessity for modern American life. As a result of intentional public policy decisions established throughout the 20th century, even the most rural areas of the United States now have access to electricity. The same shift in public opinion and legislative actions are necessary to address the digital divide that exists between those with access to the internet and those without.
“Stronger Together: The Role of Cross-Sector Partnerships in Digital Equity” will take place on September 17th and focus on deepening our understanding of how effective public-private partnerships can be designed and implemented to excellence, specifically at the local and regional levels.
Amongst its far-reaching effects, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 illuminated another as-yet-unsolved plague on American society: the yawning economic and educational chasm perpetuated by the “digital divide.” Put differently: many of our greatest problems, while newly exacerbated by COVID-19, can be traced to the same root cause–digital inequity.
Working parents of young children in the U.S. must often grapple with the challenges of childcare that can exceed $1,000 per month, per child. Faced with the expense, many families often decide that it’s simply more practical for a parent to exit the workforce in order to care for the children.
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) is designing the future of education. The nonprofit is on a mission to improve learning and collaboration in the education sector through social science research, research-based innovations, and by assisting schools, colleges, and universities in developing open education environments.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally disrupted all areas of society including how students obtain their education. In California, as in much of the world, schools at all levels closed their campuses this spring to adhere to social distancing guidelines.