There’s a big technology gap among local students - not in schools, but at home. While many efforts to end the “digital divide” focus on equipment and internet access in the classroom, a portion of the population is stuck at zero - without computers at home, or the skills to use them. 20,000 families in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are on the wrong side of that divide. And that puts students at a disadvantage, for the rest of their lives. We’ll learn about a national award-winning program in CMS called E2D - Eliminate the Digital Divide.
Pat Millen - runs the nonprofit E2D, Ending the Digital Divide, which has distributed computers and provided training to 800 families in need in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools over the past three years.
Valerie Truesdale - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Chief of Technology, Personalization and Engagement.
Kelly Gwaltney - principal at Garringer High School, one of the schools working with E2D.