2nd NH Summit on Digital Equity

Friday, November 03 2017, 8:15 AM - 9:15 PM [EST]

98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH, United States



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Friday, November 03 2017, 8:15 AM - 9:15 PM [EST]

About the Events

2nd NH Summit on Digital Equity:  Toward Systemic Digital Equity

 Friday November 3rd, 2017

Great Room, Simon Center

New England College


You are invited!  The National Collaborative for Digital Equity at New England College cordially invites you to join us for the nation's second statewide summit on digital equity.  


At the first summit, on February 3rd 2017, we helped nearly a dozen NH communities explore whether and how best to form school/community partnerships to close the digital divide at home for low income learners of all ages. Since then, great progress has been made:


* More than a dozen NH neighborhoods, schools and communities have formed GenYes chapters for the first time, equipping youths with the skills to provide tech support for non-tech savvy educators, relatives and neighbors.


* The National Collaborative for Digital Equity (www.digitalequity.us) has formed a national advisory council of banking leaders to provide guidance to community and school system leaders on how best to prepare plans and funding proposals to support their local systemic digital equity efforts.


* Several other states have begun intensive plans to replicate the NH statewide summit proecss of mobilizing communities to close the digital divide in support of local economic and eductaional opportunity.


At the 2nd NH Summit, come learn about CONCRETE resources and strategies for forming new GenYes chapters, and building on existing ones now to add vitally important new dimensions of local digital equity -- from cybersafetty and information literacy, to device financing for families with weak or no credit.


The summit will be of interest to educators, public and school librarians, school board members and administrators, banking and foundation leaders, community organization leaders, and those concerned about workforce development and economic opportunity.




7:45 – 8:25 am            Registration and continental breakfast


8:25 – 8:45 a.m.          Welcoming Remarks:  Dr. Michele Perkins (invited).  Dr. Robert McLaughlin.


8:45 – 9:30 a.m.          Why Being Systemic is Crucial: Panel with Q & A


Panel: Karen Cator (invited, Digital Promise), Paul Resta (UT/NCDE), and Jeff Cohen (FSG). Moderator: Robert McLaughlin (NEC/NCDE)


Taking Stock: Progress Since the 1st NH Summit


9:30 – 10:15 a.m.        The NH GenYes Initiative: A dozen NH chapters since Feb. 2017 Summit


    9:30 – 9:45              Insights on the Statewide Initiative: GenYes Founder Dr. Dennis Harper


    9:45 – 10:05                        Panel of local GenYes leaders at NH schools and NEC


  10:05 – 10:15            Q & A: How’s it going? What other dimensions and partners are needed to leverage GenYes for impact? What steps can other communities take?


10:15 – 10:45 a.m.      Affordable Broadband in New Hampshire:  Panel w/Q & A


10:15 – 10:35         Panel: Becca Fracassa (Comcast), Melinda Poore (invited, Spectrum), Stan Freeda (NHDOE), Carol Miller (invited, NH Dept. of Economic Development), Michael Flood (Kajeet)


10:35 – 10:45         Q & A: What’s possible now in all areas of NH, what programmatic initiatives and policy changes are needed, and what three specific steps can participants take to access affordable broadband?


10:45 – 11:15 a.m.      Update on planning a pilot to create a “loan loss reserve” enabling device financing for low-income families:  How is the pilot designed and, if successful, what are next steps participants should consider?


11:15 – 11:45 a.m.      Librarians: Crucial Support for Cybersafety and Information Literacy


11:15 – 11:35 a.m.  Panel: Susan Ballard, past president, American Association of School Librarians; NH School Library Media Association (invited); Danforth Library at New England College (invited)


11:35 – 11:45 a.m.  Q & A: What expertise and resources can school and public librarians bring to closing the digital divide? How best enlist their support?


11:35  – 12:15 pm       Educational content partnerships supporting digital equity

Panel with Q & A 


Miriam Gilbert (Rosen Digital), Credo Reference (invited, Ian Singer), and EBSCO (invited, Anna Enos). Moderated by Bob McLaughlin. What resources are available and by what steps can participants tap them?


12:15 – 12:45              Lunch with showcase


12:45 – 1:05 pm          Great apps for literacy, numeracy and financial literacy that educators and learners can use today.  Dr. Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents (via Skype).


Moving Forward


1:05 – 1:50                  Update on development of guidance on how forming

bank/school/community partnerships for systemic digital equity


Panel: Ann Flynn (invited, National School Boards Association), Amy Chapman (invited, Capital One Bank), Jen Giovannitti (invited, Federal Reserve of Richmond).


Q & A: What do we know about partnering with small, medium and large banks on CRA and grant funded efforts? When will detailed guidance be provided to community and school system leaders?


1:50 – 2:20 p.m.          Community Team Planning Time: the 3 things each community team determines they will do next


2:20 – 2:35 p.m.          Community Team Report Outs


2:35 – 2:40 p.m.          Next Steps


2:40 – 2:45 p.m.          Door Prizes



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