Economic and Educational Inclusion: Investing in Systemic Digital Equity
May 14-15, 2019
National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington DC 20036
Without digital access and skill, low-income learners and families will never
Attain living wage careers and lives with dignity.
Registration includes all meals and materials.
Note: Full and partial scholarships may be available.
Please contact Dr. Robert McLaughlin at 802.249.1159 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you either need scholarship support or would like to contribute, to enable others to participate.
For more information about the National Collaborative see here.
1. Review progress in statewide initiatives to remove digital divide barriers to economic and educational inclusion in low- and moderate-income areas.
2. Learn about efforts to modernize CRA guidance and the implications for digital equity and economic inclusion.
3. Explore ways in which digital divide barriers impede economic vitality and the growing array of resources available to address them.
4. Participate in developing and planning national, state & local strategies addressing key challenges in digital and economic inclusion.
Day One: May 14, 2019
11:30 - noon Registration
noon – 1:30 pm Welcome Luncheon
Welcoming Remarks: Donna Harris-Aikens, senior director, education policy and practice, National Education
Association, introduced by Dr. Paul Resta, co-founder and president, National Collaborative for Digital Equity.
Overview of Summit Goals and Process: Dr. Robert McLaughlin, executive director and co-founder, NCDE.
Introduction for Keynote Speaker by Krista Shonk, vice president for regulatory compliance policy, American Bankers
Keynote: “Reforming the Community Reinvestment Act Regulatory Framework”, by Barry Wides, deputy
comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury Department.
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Panel on “Integrating digital equity into economic inclusion”. Jeanne Milliken Bonds (Federal Reserve), FDIC
representative (invited) and Barry Wides, deputy comptroller, OCC, moderated by Dr. Paul Resta, NCDE.
1:30 – 2:00 Challenges and opportunities
2:00 – 2:20 Q & A
2:20 – 2:50 p.m. “Digital equity and economic inclusion – progress made and progress needed”, Dr. Bob McLaughlin, NCDE.
2:50 – 3:10 p.m. Break and Refreshments
3:10 – 4:40 p.m. Working session for workgroups addressing six key challenges:
A. Fostering research & evaluation optimizing CRA investments for economic and digital inclusion. Facilitated by Wendy Scott Keeney, chief development officer, CAST.
B. Funders: aligning foundation support for educational equity in LMI areas with CDFI and bank support for economic inclusion. Co-facilitated by Kyle Malone, Grantmakers For Education senior manager of partnerships, and Letitia Dowling, Grantmakers For Education senior operations manager.
C. Fostering statewide initiatives for digital and economic inclusion. Facilitated by Christine Fox, deputy executive director, State
Education Technology Directors Association.
D. Building capacity in LMI areas for tech and librarian support for LMI learners. Facilitated by Dr. Carol Gordon, president, New England
School Librarians Association.
E.Improving collaboration among resource providers - developing strategies for bundling broadband, digital content, tech and librarian support, refurbished and new devices, and skills training for living wage careers. Facilitated by John Windhausen, executive director, Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition.
F. Developing educational system/bank partnerships for digital equity and economic inclusion. Facilitated by Ann Flynn, director of education technology, National School Boards Association.
4:40 – 5:20 p.m.Working Group Report Outs and Discussion
5:20 - 5:45 p.m. A conversation with Celine Coggins, executive director, Grantmakers For Education, on the need for coordinated
investments in educational and economic opportunity, introduced by Dr. Paul Resta.
5:45– 6:30 p.m.Digital Equity and Economic Inclusion Resource Showcase: Wine and Cheese Reception
Introduced by:Bonnie Bracey Sutton, NCDE director, digital equity resource development.
Discover resources for affordable LMI learner access to broadband, financial literacy education, computers,
tech support by linguistically diverse youths, chat-based librarian support, educational opportunity, workforce
development, and economic inclusion.
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Panel on "No more one-legged stools: The interrelationships between educational and economic opportunity --
why funder collaboration is essential for LMI families."
Panel Moderator: Thomas Gentzel, executive director and ceo, National School Boards Association. Panelists: Karen
Cator, president and ceo, Digital Promise; Stephen Corona, chair, National Council of Hispanic School Board Members;
Lynn Gangone, president and ceo, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Hubert L. Grimes, Esq., interim
president, Bethune-Cookman University; Donna Harris-Aikens, senior director, education policy and practice, National
Education Association; Dina Lehmann-Kim, manager, HUD ConnectHome USA, and Valerie Truesdale, assistant executive
director, American Association of School Administrators.
7:15 – 8:00 p.m.Dinner (included in registration)
Day Two: May 15, 2019
7:45 – 8:15 a.m.Breakfast (included in registration) and networking
8:15 – 8:20 a.m.Setting the Stage for Day 2, Paul Resta and Bob McLaughlin.
8:20 - 8:40 a.m. "What we've learned about CRA investment in broadband infrastructure development" by Jeanne Milliken Bonds,
senior manager, regional community development, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Introduced by Dr. Paul Resta.
8:40 – 9:00 a.m.Reflections from participants and goals of the day
9:00 – 11:15 a.m.Working session for workgroups (break refreshments available throughout)
A. Fostering research & evaluation optimizing CRA investments for economic and digital inclusion.
B. Funders: aligning foundation support for educational equity in LMI areas with CDFI and bank support for economic inclusion.
C. Fostering statewide initiatives for digital and economic inclusion.
D. Building capacity in LMI areas for tech and librarian support for LMI learners.
E.Developing strategies for bundling broadband, digital content, tech and librarian support, refurbished and new devices, and skills training for living wage careers.
F. Developing educational system/bank partnerships for digital equity and economic inclusion.
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.Working Group Report Outs and Discussion: Putting It All Together
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch with presentation on Educational Broadband Service (EBS)
In partnership with the SHLB Coalition, Dr. Raul Katz will release the results of a study demonstrating the economic
benefits of awarding wireless EBS licenses to Tribal Nations and schools. Depending on how the FCC rules on EBS
licensing this summer, EBS could address the "Homework Gap" by allowing schools to provide low-cost wireless
broadband service to students in rural markets across the country.
This luncheon presentation and press conference is open to the public and the press at no charge.
(1:30 – 2:30 p.m. For NCDE Advisory Board to further map next steps)