Alberto M. Carvalho (Courtesy photo)


Representing school districts nationwide, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho joined U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten and national education and technology leaders at the White House on Jan. 22, for the release of the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan and to speak about Los Angeles Unified investments and deployments to promote digital equity and ensure device empowerment, connectivity and content for all students and teachers.

“Closing the digital divide is critical to ensure all students and educators have the skills they need to succeed,” Carvalho said.

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“In an age when teaching and learning is increasingly digital, access to reliable high-speed internet is simply a human right. We have a responsibility as educators to ensure every student has the tools needed to access every learning opportunity available, and that includes reliable internet access, around the clock, on- and off-campus.”

Los Angeles Unified’s All Families Connected initiative has leveraged federal funding to sponsor internet service in households where students lack the necessary connectivity to participate fully in their education. In addition, all Los Angeles Unified students have access to devices to connect to lessons.

In addition, Los Angeles Unified has provided professional development for teachers in critical media literacy to support students in becoming critical consumers and producers of content. Teachers also engage students in digital citizenship lessons throughout the year and with a week dedicated to showcasing student voice and agency to demonstrate digital citizenship.

Digital tools are strategically selected that support student learning in the areas of literacy, numeracy, social emotional learning and language acquisition. As the District expands its digital resources, generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools will be introduced that help teachers personalize learning.

“It is crucial to teach our school communities how to use digital tools and resources ethically and responsibly,” Carvalho continued.

“AI has the potential to reshape much of our society. Los Angeles Unified will be unveiling a groundbreaking, all-in-one platform called the Individual Acceleration Plan (otherwise known as ‘Ed’). Imagine the power of AI and comprehensive data working together to develop personalized action plans for every Los Angeles Unified student and family.”

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