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Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies in Teacher Preparation

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Length: 30 min - 1 hr
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This is an ISTE Expert Webinar.

This webinar will highlight effective approaches to addressing digital inequities in teacher preparation; offer recommendations for moving beyond identifying an inequity into practical recommendations for closing the digital equity gap; and offer practical solutions to critical digital equity issues in formal and informal teacher preparation settings.

Attendees will leave with key strategies to support preservice (and even new and veteran) teachers striving for digital equity in their classrooms, beyond device allocations. The practical ideas put forth in the webinar will challenge teacher educators, principals and PD developers to create spaces and opportunities for ALL teachers to apply digital equity practices. The conversation will continue after the webinar with the hashtags #DigEquityGap and #DigEquityBook.

This webinar is presented by Nicol Howard, Regina Schaffer and Sarah Thomas of the ISTE Digital Equity Network.


Nicol Howard

Bio: Nicol Howard, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Education (Department of Teaching and Learning) at the University of Redlands. Nicol has served as an educator in various capacities over the past 18 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education) in the Compton Unified School District and grades K through 4 in the Corona-Norco Unified District and the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), and she was a Program Specialist (Personalized/Blended Learning) in the Learning Innovation with Technology department at SAUSD. Dr. Howard has also taught in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Nicol is currently the outgoing chair for ISTE's Digital Equity Network. Her research and practice interests are related to effective technology-use in education and equity issues in computer science, STEM Education, and professional learning for educators.


Regina Schaffer


Sarah-Jane Thomas

Bio: Sarah Thomas is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest. Sarah is a doctoral candidate in Education at George Mason University. 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.