This year has been like no other in exposing America’s digital divide. Lack of access to the most essential tools of modern life—broadband and digital devices—has disrupted learning for millions of students during the pandemic and impacted instruction by hundreds of thousands of teachers. Yet this is far more than an education challenge; digital access is a national challenge. It demands our boldest solutions and strongest coalitions to create equity and a thriving, 21st-century economy, while prioritizing students and ensuring success for every child.
We’re excited to announce on EdPalooza’s center stage:
Governor Jeb Bush is the 43rd Governor of Florida and the Founder and Chairman of ExcelinEd.
Larry Irving is the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for communications and information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Now president and CEO of the Irving Group, he is largely credited with coining the term “digital divide.”
Jonathan Adelstein served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2009. He is president and CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, representing nearly 200 companies devoted to building wireless broadband facilities that connect every corner of America.
Evan Marwell is the founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway, working to upgrade Internet access in all public school classrooms.
Moderator Stefanie Sanford is the Chief of Global Policy and External Relations for the College Board where she leads initiatives to advance educational access and opportunity for all students.
This keynote conversation brings together three visionary leaders on the critical role of digital access in America’s future. In dissecting today’s digital divide, they will share perspectives on digital opportunity and identify its broad implications for education, equity and our nation’s economy and security. Their conversation will explore transformative solutions to inspire policymakers, practitioners and parents to seize opportunities that create equity, prioritize students and close the digital divide.
This is one of three high-profile EdVision sessions at EdPalooza, the largest virtual convening of its kind, bringing together everyone who believes that now is the time to reimagine education.
Don’t miss Governor Bush, Larry Irving, Jonathan Adelstein and Evan Marwell on December 2 for this critical and timely conversation, where you’ll hear about the risks of a digitally divided nation plus the short- and long-term policy solutions for addressing this urgent problem.