Learn how to close the "homework gap" for low-income learners of all ages.
Learn why and how digital equity investments must go beyond access to "cheap boxes and wires", in order to improve achievement, financial literacy, participation in living wage careers, and banking services for the underbanked and unbanked.
Learn about leading national providers of essential resources.
Learn about and begin collective impact planning to mobilize stakeholders to undertake systemic digital equity. (Following the summit, online professional development courses will provide support through all five phases of the collective impact process.)
Community teams of leaders from P12, postsecondary and adult education, economic development, workforce development, banking and human services committed to closing the digital divide in support of educational and economic opportunity.
Banking and philanthropic leaders wishing to explore the implications of a recent shift in federal policy that encourages use of Community Reinvestment Act, philanthropic and other funds in support of digital equity.
Educational and workforce development leaders seeking to improve participation in living wage careers for low-income learners.
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.Continental breakfast, registration and showcase set up
8:15 – 8:40 a.m.Welcome Mark Reilly, Sr. Vice-President, Government and Regulatory Relations, , Comcast Dr. Paul Resta, National Collaborative for Digital Equity, Co-Chair
8:40 – 9:10 a.m.Summit Vision and Overview, Dr. Robert McLaughlin, National Collaborative for Digital Equity, Co-Chair
9:10 – 9:40 a.m.1st Panel: Digital Equity in the Digital Age Economy: Judith Burrows, Director of Student Aid, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Matthew Cookson, Executive Director, New Hampshire High Tech Council Carol Miller, Director of Broadband Technology, Division of Economic Development, NH Dept. of Resource and Economic Development 9:40 – 9:55 a.m.Q & A with the panel
9:55 – 10:10 a.m.Break
10:10 – 10:40 a.m.2nd Panel: Why a “Systemic” Approach to Digital Equity?
Susan Ballard, Past President, American Association of School Librarians Marsali Hancock, President, Internet Keep Safe Coalition and Commissioner, Global Information Infrastructure Commission Dr. Dennis Harper, Executive Director, GenYes Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Mobilization and Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents Maisha Moses, Executive Director, The Young People’s Project
10:40 – 10:55 a.m.Q & A with the panel
10:55 – 11:10 a.m.Break
11:10 – 11:45 a.m.Team Planning Time: brainstorming local priorities for improving educational and economic opportunity for low-income learners of all ages
11:45 – 12:05 p.m.Community teams report out
12:05 – 1:30 p.m.Buffet lunch and Digital Equity Resource Showcase
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.3rd Panel: Cities undertaking digital equity initiatives for workforce and community development
Dr. Kim Carter, Executive Director, QED Foundation Dr. Ethel Gaides, Asst. Superintendent of Schools, SAU 48, Plymouth NH Jennifer Grantham, Technology Teacher Coach, Nashua School District Theo Hanna, Co-Director, Tech Goes Home Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.Q & A with the panel
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.4th Panel:The Collective Impact Planning Process: What, Why and How
Evelyn Aissa, Executive Director, Reaching Higher New Hampshire Dr. Paul Resta, Co-Chair, National Collaborative for Digital Equity 2:45 – 3:00 p.m.Q & A with the panel (break refreshments available)
3:00 – 3:15 p.m.Ongoing resources available from the National Collaborative for Digital Equity: Bob McLaughlin and Paul Resta
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.Community team planning time: interest in initiating local collective impact planning in digital equity for economic opportunity?
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.Community teams report out
4:00 – 4:15 p.m.Next steps, wrap-up and door prizes
Suggested Team Composition
We worked extensively with partners to form community teams to attend the summit. We encouraged communities to form teams that include:
- school and public librarian(s) - school/district leader(s) - school board members - educator preparation program leader(s) that work closely with that community's schools - banking leader(s) - workforce/economic development leader(s) - philanthropic leader(s) - education technology leaders - 21st century community learning center director or designee - human service agency leader(s) - gender equity leaders
These and other local leaders will provide the nucleus for a highly inclusive community planning process, bringing together additional stakeholders, to close the digital divide in support of local priorities for economic and educational opportunity.
The Comcast Riley Conference Center is located at 676 Island Pond Road, in Manchester NH.
For out-of-town summit participants, discounted lodging may be arranged at the Springhill Suites, 975 Perimeter Road, Manchester NH(very close to the Manchester airport). Free shuttle service may be arranged both between the hotel and airport and between the hotel and the Comcast conference facility. Call 603-668-9400 to make your reservation at the Comcast discount rate and arrange your shuttle.