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Fast-tracking Digital Equity in Education during COVID-19

May 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT


NIST Education SuperCluster

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Join federal and national stakeholders on facing the frontlines of digital equity.

There is a digital divide in the United States’ education system which can be both exasperated and addressed through technological innovation. COVID-19 has further stressed this system and laid bare the technical inequities of our local communities and cities. As stakeholders across our country face the frontlines of the digital divide, we need tangible and practical examples to address the situation at hand while considering long-term strategies that can act as a forcing function to improve connectivity.

Join a panel of federal, state, county and municipal authorities and leaders from the US Department of Education, Link Oregon, Albemarle County of Virginia, Albemarle County Public Schools, The Enterprise Center of City of Chattanooga, and NIST to discuss the issues, considerations and strategies across urban and rural America on how to strategize your digital equity plans. This panel and event is hosted by the Education SuperCluster, a consortium of public and private organizations developing best practices for education innovation in smart cities. We were born out of the NIST Global City Teams Challenge.

Share your concerns, questions, and expertise with us as we discuss, discover, and connect with our digital equity frontliners to create a smart and connected society across all communities. Join us as we take advantage of the opportunity presented by social distancing to improve the connectivity of student, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised community members through the lens of education.


NIST Education SuperCluster Overview
Panel Introductions
Facilitated Q&A
Audience Q&A
Continuing the conversation on Discord.com (link to be provided during event)

Shannan Williams, Co-Chair of NIST Education SuperCluster, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) (Moderator)
Sara Trettin, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education (Washington DC)
Steve Corbató, Executive Director, Link Oregon (Portland, Oregon)
Mike Culp, IT Director, County of Albemarle (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Christine Diggs, Chief Technology Officer, Albemarle County Public Schools (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Debra Socia, Executive Director, The Enterprise Center (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
SuperCluster leadership members in attendance:

Shannan Williams, Co-Chair, NIST Education SuperCluster
Derick Lee, Co-Chair, NIST Education SuperCluster
Ann Marcus, Marcus Consulting & Link Oregon
Meghan Manley, MITRE
Deborah Acosta, Formerly City of San Leandro
Anthony Hinojosa, Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE)
Jason Ebner, Antioch Unified School District
Jerry Chang, City of East Palo Alto
Michael Beck, Founder, Code for Kids
Gary Dennis, Department of Homeland Security
Sokwoo Rhee, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Mark Reynolds, University of New Mexico
Jon Walton, San Mateo County
Alex Huppenthal, Aspen AI


May 15, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
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