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* School2Home Neighborhood Transformation

School2Home is an innovative statewide program that aims to close both the Achievement Gap and the Digital Divide by integrating computing and broadband technologies into teaching and learning at low-performing schools throughout California. These historically low-performing schools tend to have limited access to the technology and tools necessary for teachers and students to navigate and adapt to an increasingly digitized world. School2Home addresses this gap by supporting school and community leaders, teachers, and parents who are committed to improving the educational performance for all students and ensuring that they have the essential skills to succeed in a digital world.

School2Home was brought to Sacramento in 2015 through the California Emerging Technology Fund’s (CETF) partnership with Valley Vision, Leataata Floyd Elementary School (LFE) and the Sacramento City Unified School District.

What is the goal?

Digital access for all is considered a 21st century civil right. School2Home has two major goals – to increase student achievement at low-performing schools in California, and to increase the adoption of broadband service by the families of underserved schools. LFE is the first elementary school in the state to adopt the program. The initiative includes:

  1. “Technology Bundles” including laptops for every student to use in school and at home
  2. Enhanced teacher professional development and training on integration of technology into classroom learning
  3. Increased parent engagement and home access to high-speed Internet
  4. Student Tech Expert Development, including training on computer coding, video game design, and IT essentials
  5. Formation of integrated services teams to provide comprehensive services to support each family’s unique needs

Why is this important?

Access to computing and broadband technology is vital to child and family success. Digital tools allow families to connect to services and resources that might not otherwise be accessible, including education and employment resources and health care information and services. Integration of technology into classroom and home learning at an early age is essential for children to develop the skills and confidence necessary for long-term success.

Leataata Floyd Elementary School is a historically low-performing school with 100% of students living in households that fall below the Federal Poverty Level. The student population is made up primarily of children living in the Marina Vista and Alder Grove communities, which are the two largest public housing complexes in Sacramento County and represent more than half of the public housing inventory in the City of Sacramento. Many families within the community experience a variety of physical, social, and emotional challenges, making parental engagement in school difficult. School2Home helps to provide the infrastructure and support services needed to increase both student achievement and family success.   

What is Valley Vision doing about it?

Valley Vision is managing implementation of the School2Home pilot initiative at Leataata Floyd Elementary School, the first school in Sacramento in which the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has invested. Valley Vision and CETF have partnered with Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Leataata Floyd Elementary School, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) and other partners to address Digital Inclusion and generational poverty as major civil rights issues.

In December 2016, Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento, and SCUSD signed a Partnership Statement of Intent with Valley Vision and CETF, outlining commitments to work together to address Digital Inclusion and generational poverty within the Marina Vista and Alder Grove communities surrounding LFE. Valley Vision is working with the Partners to develop an action plan which incorporates strategies to close the Digital Divide within a larger anti-poverty strategy to achieve five associated outcomes – decreased poverty, increased employment, improved educational outcomes, decreased crime, and improved health.

What is our desired impact?

To open up a pathway to success for students and families on and off campus by providing access to the tools, knowledge and resources needed to become digitally literate; to improve quality of life within the LFE community; and to support LFE in its mission to provide a safe environment and challenging curriculum which will enable all students to become independent life-long learners and responsible citizens.

How does this effort affect triple-bottom-line objectives?

Economy: The Digital Divide is a manifestation of the Economic Divide. By expanding the educational platform and getting students and families equipped to navigate a modern digital era, we close the Achievement Gap and improve skills.

Environment: A quality environment is a key characteristic and component of the School2Home Neighborhood Transformation strategy. By promoting high-speed broadband throughout neighborhoods with public facilities serving as “digital hubs” (digital hot spots), smart infrastructure becomes a key overall outcome. 

Equity: School2Home Neighborhood Transformation seeks to align major public and private efforts and resources to improve education, improve health, decrease poverty, decrease crime and increase employment within the community. Every person deserves access to equal opportunities.

When?

Valley Vision began managing the School2Home initiative in 2015 and has continued implementation through the current 2016-17 school year. The program was initially implemented in grades 5-6 and has since been expanded to two additional classes, reaching 132 students in grades 4-6. With a new school technology grant, Principal Eric Chapman plans to further expand the program over the coming years, hoping to eventually adapt the program to reach every child and family. Valley Vision will be continuing to work with Leataata Floyd Elementary School and other community partners to support implementation and expansion of School2Home.

  • Leataata Floyd Elementary School 
  • California Emerging Technology Fund 
  • Sacramento City Unified School District 
  • County of Sacramento 
  • City of Sacramento 
  • Mercy Housing 
  • Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency 
  • California Department of Technology 
  • City Church of Sacramento 
  • Roberts Family Development Center 

Made possible by a grant from the California Emerging Technology Fund.