Digital Equity and Instructional Quality: Transforming Teaching Through Technology

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. (ET)
Tune in for this live session on the relationship between digital equity and instructional quality, featuring Pennsylvania’s Manheim Central School District (MCSD). Over the past decade, MCSD has shown significant improvements in developing teachers’ deep expertise in using digital tools to personalize learning and raise students’ literacy achievement.


davis-moderatorRafranz Davis (moderator)
Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning
Lufkin Independent School District (TX)
Twitter Handle: @RafranzDavis


Matthew Baker
Middle School Literacy Coach
Manheim Central Middle School (PA)



Mariana Haynes
Senior Fellow
Alliance for Excellent Education



Liz Lubeskie
Coordinator of Online Learning and Technology Integration
Manheim Central School District (PA)
Twitter Handle: @EDULLubeskie


About Manheim Central School District

Manheim Central School District (MCSD) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is enabling educators to move from a traditional classroom setting to a blended learning environment in order to support students in developing important twenty-first-century skills. MCSD received a grant through Pennsylvania’s comprehensive birth-through-grade-twelve literacy program targeting students with the greatest literacy needs, including English language learners, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families.

Over the past five years, MCSD has created powerful professional learning opportunities to support teachers in using effective digital-age practices with an intense focus on improving students’ literacy proficiency and higher-order thinking. MCSD has shown significant improvements in developing teachers’ deep expertise in using digital-age practices to personalize learning and raise student’s literacy achievement.

For more information about MCSD’s efforts to improve instructional quality through the use of technology, check out the links below.

#DLDay Live Schedule
Partner Events
Hosted By: EdTechTeam
Clayton Christensen Institute: Manheim Middle School Profile
MCSD Prezi: Increasing Literacy in a Hybrid Classroom
Alliance for Excellent Ed: Pennsylvania’s Literacy Program

Explore the Issue: Digital Equity and Access

According to recent survey data from the Pew Research Center, more than 5 million American households with school-age children between the ages of 6 and 17 do not have access to high-speed internet at home. Furthermore, a disproportionate share of those 5 million households are comprised of low-income African-American and Latino families. Even in low- and moderate-income families where some form of internet access is available, survey data also reveals that smartphones and tablets are often the primary means used to get online. The inequities in access to high-speed internet and the limitations imposed by mobile device access create barriers for some students while accelerating learning for others.
Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools
EdSurge: How Districts are Retooling Professional Development
Professional Learning Through Online Communities of Practice
Learning Forward: Standards for Professional Learning