Association of K-12 Education Technology Leaders Recognizes Santa Fe Public Schools for Commitment to Digital Equity

Santa Fe, NM (May 21, 2020) — CoSN, a premier association of K-12 education technology leaders, today honored Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) with its Digital Equity Award in recognition of the district’s commitment to providing all students with an equitable education enhanced by the power of innovative technologies.
CoSN’s Community Leadership for Digital Equity Award, sponsored by Kajeet, is given annually to a school district that is working to minimize the United States’ digital access learning gap. SFPS, which serves a diverse, high-poverty community, has enacted impactful programs to meet this goal and has increased students’ access to computer science courses and digital textbooks along the way.
“Santa Fe Public Schools is proud to accept the Community Leadership for Digital Equity Award. We continue to work to eliminate education inequities, and see technology as a primary tool in supporting great teaching and learning practices,” said Neal Weaver, Executive Director of Digital Learning at SFPS. “SFPS is especially grateful to our community for their strong support of public education. We would also like to thank our Board of Education for their leadership, making our work possible. Santa Fe Public Schools thanks CoSN and Kajeet for considering SFPS for this honor.”
“We are thrilled to formally recognize Santa Fe Public Schools’ extensive efforts to ensure that their students receive equity of access to digital learning at school and beyond,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, district action on this issue is more important than ever before, given that the classroom is now at home. We appreciate all of SFPS’ hard work and leadership.”
Santa Fe Public Schools’ digital equity initiatives include:
  • Providing all students with access to a computing device;
  • Adding Wi-Fi to school buses;
  • Distributing hotspots to students in need; and
  • Ensuring the availability of high-speed internet at a reasonable cost throughout the area.
“Santa Fe Public Schools is an example to us all of what a difference a commitment to digital equity can make in the lives of students,” said Daniel Neal, Founder & CEO of Kajeet, “leveling the digital playing field so that each one has an equal opportunity to succeed. Their efforts to propel the message of digital equity throughout the entire community are equally commendable.”
Santa Fe Public Schools received the award virtually at the CoSN Annual Conference. Learn more about CoSN’s awards and this year’s other winners at: cosn.org/awards.
The 2020 CoSN Annual Conference was transformed into a Breakthrough Virtual Experience. The online conference (May 19-21) brings edtech professionals from around the world together to discuss how adopting new technologies can transform school systems and improve student outcomes. The 2020 CoSN Conference was made possible through the generous support of its sponsors.
Recordings of live Conference sessions will be made available to the media. Please contact Heidi Payter for access: hpayter@fratelli.com.
About Santa Fe Public Schools
SFPS serves just under 13,000 students in the capital city of New Mexico. Santa Fe Public Schools is a nationwide leader in the utilization of technology in the classroom," said SFPS Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia. "Through the generous approval by the citizens of Santa Fe County of the Educational Technology Note, SFPS provides educational initiatives aimed at creating strong digital citizens. Every student, upon graduation from Santa Fe Public Schools, has the tools they need to excel in today's digital world." sfps.info

About CoSN
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org
About Kajeet
Kajeet is the industry leader for highly managed multi-network mobile solutions, and for deploying private wireless networks across multiple industry verticals. Our secure, cloud-native SaaS platform, Sentinel®, allows our clients to centrally manage network security and filtering; policy, device and network controls; data consumption rates; business analytics; and allows for operation on all 6 major north American wireless networks. kajeet.net
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