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Digital Equity Pre-Summit

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School divisions have been invited to participate in this Digital Equity Pre-Summit: Bridging the Learning Gap on July 8, 2019. This pre-summit will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the digital equity issues that impact students and their communities, discover potential solution pathways, and begin planning next steps towards bridging the divide.

Pre-Summit Registration

Refer to your email invitation for the registration code needed to complete pre-summit registration form.

Agenda at a Glance

Time Topic & Location
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Registration and Coffee with Exhibitors (No Breakfast Items)

  • Location: B-21 ABC 5th Street

8:15-8:30 a.m.

Welcome: Dr. James Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Location: General Session Room, B21 Grand Ballroom C

8:30 – 8:45  a.m.

Context Setting: Digital Equity:  Dr. Susan M. Clair, Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Office of Technology, Virginia Department of Education

  • Location: General Session Room, B21 Grand Ballroom C

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

  • Location: General Session Room, B21 Grand Ballroom C 

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Transition Time

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

AM Sessions of Choice:

Choice #1 (Broadband Availability, Computing Devices, Digital Literacy, Affordability):  School Divisions Implementing Strategies to Close the Learning @ Home Gap

  • Location: Room E11a
  • Moderated by: Dr. Karen Richardson, Executive Director, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)
  • Presenters: Ed Ozols, Technology Director, Bath County Public Schools, Robert Rejonis, Assistant Director for Infrastructure and Support Services, Albemarle County Public Schools, Nathan Daugherty, Comcast Internet Essentials, Bretton Sparr, Business & Instructional Architect, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Description: Three Virginia school divisions will discuss how they deployed innovative technology solutions to bridge the Learning @ Home Gap while an Internet service provider will discuss how schools can help low-income families get affordable broadband in the home.


Choice #2 (Broadband Availability):
Community-Led Broadband Initiatives and How to Get Started

  • Location: Room E11b
  • Presenters: Caroline Luxhoj, Center for Innovative Technology, Dale Herring, Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, Greene County Public Schools, Caitlin Jones, Arlington County, and Carolyn Jackson, Arlington County Public Schools, Jimmy Carr, Chief Executive Officer, All Points Broadband
  • Description: Participants will learn about resources and assistance available to communities and hear real life examples from communities who are proactively planning to improve digital equity in education in their communities.


Choice #3 (Digital Literacy, Computing Devices, Affordability, Broadband Availability): Virginia Public Libraries

  • Location: Room E11c
  • Moderated by:  Cindy S. Church, Library of Virginia
  • Presenters: Abby Cox, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Josh Howard, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Wayne Crocker, Petersburg Public Library, Kevin Smith, York County Public Library 
  • Description: Learn more about successful partnerships between public libraries and schools. The public library provides Internet and digital literacy programs for all. Attendees will learn about programs, lessons learned, and the tools needed to replicate the initiatives. 


Choice #4 (Funding for Broadband Availability, Computing Devices, Financial Literacy, and Affordability): Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

  • Location: Room E21a
  • Presenter: Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond /Charlotte
  • Description: Participants will learn about CRA funding and how these funds can be used for community broadband initiatives that align with local banking priorities.


Choice #5 (Broadband Availability Data): Using Broadband Data to Answer Local Questions About Digital Equity

  • Location: Room E21b
  • Presenters: Sara Trettin, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education, Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Robert A. Ballance, Ph.D., The Center for Internet as Infrastructure
  • Description: With the newest American Community Survey published in December 2018, we have detailed information on Internet access, computer ownership, Smart Phone use, as well as income and poverty data for every county and nearly every neighborhood (census tract) in the country. Our speakers will give participants an overview of the major open datasets that describe broadband availability and use; then they will make it local with a hands-on session that allows you to explore the digital divide and homework or “learning gaps” in your division. Please bring a laptop computer so that you can access the I3 Connectivity Explorer that will allow you to see computer and Internet data at the neighborhood-level in your school division.


Choice #6 (Digital Literacy):  The Workforce Skills Students Need and the Impact on Students Without Internet @ Home

  • Location: Room E21c
  • Moderated by: Bobby F. Keener, Jr. Director, Office of Technology, Virginia Department of Education
  • Presenters: Eric Robertson, Business Development, Global Education, Amazon Web Services, John D. Leonard II, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean and Professor, School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Networking Break with Exhibitors

  • Location: B21 Grand Ballroom AB

12:00 p.m.

Plated Lunch

  • Location: B21 Grand Ballroom AB

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Keynote Address: Commonwealth Connect – Bridging the Digital Divide for All Virginians: Evan Feinman, Executive Director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and Governor Northam’s Chief  Broadband Advisor

  • Location: B21 Grand Ballroom AB

12:45-1:00 p.m. Transition Time

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

PM Sessions of Choice  (Repeat of AM Sessions):

Choice #1 (Broadband Availability, Computing Devices, Digital Literacy, Affordability):  School Divisions Implementing Strategies to Close the Learning @ Home Gap

  • Location: Room E11a
  • Moderated by: Dr. Karen Richardson, Executive Director, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)
  • Presenters: Ed Ozols, Technology Director, Bath County Public Schools, Robert Rejonis, Assistant Director for Infrastructure and Support Services, Albemarle County Public Schools, Nathan Daugherty, Comcast Internet Essentials, Bretton Sparr, Business & Instructional Architect, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Description: Three Virginia school divisions will discuss how they deployed innovative technology solutions to bridge the Learning @ Home Gap while an Internet service provider will discuss how schools can help low-income families get affordable broadband in the home.


Choice #2 (Broadband Availability):
Community-Led Broadband Initiatives and How to Get Started

  • Location: Room E11b
  • Presenters: Caroline Luxhoj, Center for Innovative Technology, Dale Herring, Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, Green County Public Schools, Caitlin Jones, Arlington County, and Carolyn Jackson, Arlington County Public Schools, Jimmy Carr, Chief Executive Officer, All Points Broadband
  • Description: Participants will learn about resources and assistance available to communities and hear real life examples from communities who are proactively planning to improve digital equity in education in their communities.


Choice #3 (Digital Literacy, Computing Devices, Affordability, Broadband Availability): Virginia Public Libraries

  • Location: Room E11c
  • Moderated by:  Cindy S. Church, Library of Virginia
  • Presenters: Abby Cox, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Josh Howard, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Wayne Crocker, Petersburg Public Library, Kevin Smith, York County Public Library 
  • Description: Learn more about successful partnerships between public libraries and schools. The public library provides Internet and digital literacy programs for all. Attendees will learn about programs, lessons learned, and the tools needed to replicate the initiatives. 


Choice #4 (Funding for Broadband Availability, Computing Devices, Financial Literacy, and Affordability): Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

  • Location: Room E21b
  • Presenter: Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond /Charlotte
  • Description: Participants will learn about CRA funding and how these funds can be used for community broadband initiatives that align with local banking priorities.


Choice #5 (Broadband Availability Data): Using Broadband Data to Answer Local Questions About Digital Equity

  • Location: Room E21b
  • Presenters: Sara Trettin, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Education, Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Robert A. Ballance, Ph.D., The Center for Internet as Infrastructure
  • Description: With the newest American Community Survey published in December 2018, we have detailed information on Internet access, computer ownership, Smart Phone use, as well as income and poverty data for every county and nearly every neighborhood (census tract) in the country. Our speakers will give participants an overview of the major open datasets that describe broadband availability and use; then they will make it local with a hands-on session that allows you to explore the digital divide and homework or “learning gaps” in your division. Please bring a laptop computer so that you can access the I3 Connectivity Explorer that will allow you to see computer and Internet data at the neighborhood-level in your school division.


Choice #6 (Digital Literacy):  The Workforce Skills Students Need and the Impact on Students Without Internet @ Home

  • Location: Room E21c
  • Moderated by: Bobby F. Keener, Jr. Director, Office of Technology, Virginia Department of Education
  • Presenters: Eric Robertson, Business Development, Global Education, Amazon Web Services, John D. Leonard II, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean and Professor, School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
2:45-4:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up and Design Jam: The goal of the Design Jam is to have conversations and questions around how schools and communities can work together to Bridge the Learning @ Home Gap

  • Location: B21 Grand Ballroom C
  • Bruce Clark,  Executive Director,  Digital Charlotte at Queens Knight School of Communication
  • Andrew Au, Director of Operations, Digital Charlotte at Queens Knight School of Communication

Pre-Summit Keynote Speakers

Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel believes that the future belongs to the connected. From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Jessica has been a consistent champion for connecting all. Named as one of POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch and profiled by InStyle Magazine in a series celebrating “women who show up, speak up and get things done, “Jessica brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, she served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Jessica practiced communications law in Washington, DC. A Hartford, Connecticut native, she is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. Jessica lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.

Evan Feinman

Evan Feinman

Evan Feinman is the Executive Director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and Governor Northam’s Chief Broadband Advisor. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, and as the Policy Director for the McAuliffe campaign. Evan has worked on multiple transition teams and campaigns at the state and federal level, and at the Commonwealth Institute, a budget and fiscal policy think tank in Richmond. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, spent two years on a fellowship focused on energy and transportation policy, and then received his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. A Lynchburg native, Evan currently resides in Richmond with his wife, Annalisa Feinman, an attorney with the Office of the Richmond Public Defender.


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Contact

Contact ConstituentServices@doe.virginia.gov with questions or for additional information.

Recommendations for Hotels in the Richmond Area

**Attendees must request the applicable state rate at time of booking hotel reservations.

Downtown Richmond: ($147/night + taxes & fees)

  • Richmond Marriott
    500 East Broad Street; 804-643-3400
    Attached access to the Greater Richmond Convention Center
    Parking: $20/night (self) $27/night (valet)      
  • Hilton Richmond Downtown
    501 East Broad Street; 804-344-4300
    Two (2) block walk to Greater Richmond Convention Center            
    Parking: $27/night
  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
    700 East Main Street; 804-643-5400
    Eight (8) block walk to Greater Richmond Convention Center
    Parking: $15/night
  • Quirk Hotel
    201 West Broad Street; Front Desk: 844-757-8475
    Seven (7) block walk to Greater Richmond Convention Center
    Parking: $24/day unlimited in & out
  • Omni
    100 South 12th Street; Front Desk: 1 804-344-7000
    Thirteen (13) block walk to Greater Richmond Convention Center
    Shuttle available by request


Near West End (Henrico County: state rate = $94/night + taxes & fees)

[Pro: suburban setting, on “main drag” of restaurants and shops with lots of free parking; 10-15 minute drive on interstate to downtown]


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