Digital Inclusion and K-12 Education: The Impact of COVID-19 on Students and Educators

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

The rapid shift to online learning can be a challenge for students, families, and educators – particularly in low-income, rural, and tribal communities. As the new school year begins, the longstanding issue of digital inclusion stands in sharp relief. Join BroadbandUSA on October 21st to learn how communities are helping students get connected, assisting parents and caregivers gain the skills to help their children navigate online learning environments, and transitioning educators to online teaching. This panel will explore the challenges that communities and schools are facing, their innovative solutions to keep students connected, and their plans to transition from short-term solutions to long-term sustainable programs.


  1. Dr. Christine Diggs, Chief Technology Officer, Albemarle County Public Schools
  2. Michael Culp, Director of Information Technology Department, Albemarle County
  3. Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Chief Technology Director, Santa Fe Indian School
  4. Joshua Edmonds, Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit


  1. Emy Tseng, Senior Program Specialist, BroadbandUSA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration