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 Neighborhood Transformation 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.
What is the goal?
The goal is to increase student achievement at low-performing schools in California, and to increase the adoption of broadband service by the families of underserved schools. Leataata Floyd Elementary School (LFE) is the first elementary school in the state to adopt the program.
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. 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, including laptops for every student to use in school and at home, enhanced teacher professional development and training on integration of technology into classroom learning, increased parent engagement and home access to high-speed Internet, student Tech Expert Development, training on computer coding, video game design, and IT essentials, and formation of integrated services teams to provide comprehensive services to support each family’s unique needs.
How does this improve people’s lives?
The digital divide is a manifestation of the economic divide. 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. By expanding the educational platform and getting students and families equipped to navigate a modern digital era, we can close the achievement gap and improve skills. As well, by promoting high-speed broadband throughout neighborhoods with public facilities serving as “digital hubs” (digital hot spots), smart infrastructure becomes a key overall outcome. School2Home 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.
What is Valley Vision’s role?
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. 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.
Valley Vision began managing the School2Home initiative in 2015 and continues implementation through the 2016-17 school year. 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.
Our partners …
Valley Vision and the California Emerging Technology Fund 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 others to address Digital Inclusion and generational poverty as major civil rights issues. Valley Vision will be continuing to work with Leataata Floyd Elementary School and other community partners to support implementation and expansion of School2Home.