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Closing the Gap

Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom
Product code: EQUTY2
ISBN: 9781564847171
Expected publication date: 04/2019
Topics: Technology infrastructure, BYOD, 1:1
Length: 150 pages

$27.95 Non-member price
$20.97 Member price
By Sarah Thomas, Nicol R. Howard and Regina Schaffer

Closing the Gap is an ISTE book series designed to reflect the contributions of multiple stakeholders seeking to ensure that digital equity is achieved on campuses, in classrooms, and throughout education. In this series, authors Nicol R. Howard, Sarah Thomas, and Regina Schaffer offer historical and philosophical insights while exploring challenges and solutions unique to teacher preparation programs, pre-service and in-service teachers, and instructional coaches.
The second book in the series, Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom, includes:

  • Examination of digital equity and the “problem of practice” for teachers and coaches
  • Strategies for connecting the ISTE Educator and Student Standards to practice
  • Discussion of key challenges facing teachers in today’s classrooms, such as access, connectivity, limited resources, digital divide, and the homework gap
  • Research-based vignettes from teachers who have encountered and conquered some of the challenges addressed in the book, and from edtech coaches who have implemented equity-centered innovative professional development
  • Concrete, evidence-based strategies for teachers


This book will help K-12 classroom teachers address the challenges of teaching in the digital age, providing positive examples and recommendations for moving toward digital equity in K12 settings.
About the Authors

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. A full biography is available at

Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Redlands. She has served as co-chair for ISTE’s Digital Equity Network. Her research foci are equitable uses of technology in K16 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 Journal, International Journal of Educational Technology, EduCause, Edutopia and eCampus News.

Regina Schaffer is a Technology Specialist for the Middletown Township School District. She was recently selected as a National School Board Association’s 20 to Watch, 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 a Brainpop Connected Educator. Connect with Regina at @reginaschaffer.