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New Statewide Digital Literacy Collaborative

Santa Cruz County Office of Education Launches New Statewide Digital Literacy Collaborative

Backed by the California Department of Education and the California Department of Education Foundation, shiftED set to transform California classrooms starting with Bay Area educators.

Santa Cruz, CA: The COVID-19 pandemic caused several shifts in education, and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the CDE Foundation are meeting the moment with a new program announced today, shiftED.  This initiative aims to set a rigorous baseline of tech proficiency in California’s schools by offering a new way for teams of Bay Area educators to become ambassadors of digital literacy and technology integration.  

“The importance of digital literacy has never been more clear,” said Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Faris Sabbah. “We are thrilled to join the CDE and CDE Foundation in this innovative collaboration. ShiftED will provide educators with the tools, training, and support they’ll need to guide our classrooms into the future.

ShiftED will support sites in implementing and creating strategic plans to integrate digital literacy skills into the core curricula by utilizing: 

  • Research-based approaches to professional learning
  • Partnerships with existing networks of tech savvy California educators
  • An on-going Community of Practice approach

ShiftED will begin accepting applications via the program’s website on July 18, 2022. For more information, visit shifted.santacruzcoe.org.

About the Santa Cruz County Office of Education: The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE) is a public agency striving to lead an equitable and innovative education system for all Santa Cruz County students. Under the leadership of Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Faris Sabbah, the Santa Cruz COE accomplishes this mission by convening education leaders to catalyze systemic change; providing support and oversight to 10 public school districts; and offering a range of arts, environmental education, child development, career and technical education, and instructional programs and services directly to students, from birth through age 24 and beyond. For more information, visit santacruzcoe.org.

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