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As Education Goes Digital, Some Parents Are Left Behind

District leaders around the U.S. have stories to tell about the instructional technologies they are introducing in schools. Many are training educators to teach students computer science, and other STEM subjects through new technology. And although leaders agree that parent engagement is an important part of student success, their innovation plans often leave them out — particularly those in low-income communities. “We are not good at that yet,” said Keri Randolph, director of innovation at the Hamilton County Department of Education in Tenn., when asked about her district’s plans to educate parents on computer science and technology. Randolph explained that the district recently set aside funding to help parents understand the new programs — a switch from when the program began. “We included money in the pilot budget. We didn't at first. We didn't recognize the need, but now we do."


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