Focused on Student Achievement
School2Home is a program designed to help close the Achievement Gap and the Digital Divide by integrating the use of technology into
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teaching and learning at low-performing middle schools throughout California.  It is sponsored by the California Emerging Technology Fund and The Children’s Partnership.
   
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"The biggest component to student success is parent involvement. School2Home is the perfect equation." --Leah Jensen, OUSD

Close the Achievement Gap
  
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 Targets Title 1 middle schools in Program Improvement
    ·  Helps students acquire core skills in reading, writing, math and science
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Encourages students to develop deep learning skills for academic success
    ·  Engages parents as learning partners    
  
 
                                                                            
Close the Digital Divide
    · Targets families who lack home computers and broadband    
    · Infuses technology into all aspects of student learning at school and home                                                                    
    ·  Makes technology relevant with school-centered parent education and engagement


A Comprehensive Program

 The School2Home program consists of ten program components that have been woven together into a comprehensive program to achieve sustainable academic gains.  There is a focus on capacity-building so that schools can implement the program step by step.       
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Tom Torlakson at S2H leadership photo
School2Home Holds 4th Annual Leadership Academy - Leadership teams from 14 California Middle Schools gathered in Palm Springs for two days in March to share successes and challenges and hear from speakers.  Held in conjunction with the CUE conference, attendees had the opportunity to hear from two California State Superintendents of Instruction during the Academy, one former and one current.  Delaine Eastin facilitated group activities and provided an inspiring keynote address on Leadership to Sustain Change.  Tom Torlakson joined participants for dinner and held an open question and conversation following his remarks.  CUE’s Executive Director, Mike Lawrence, made the group feel welcome and talked about how CUE has supported the School2Home program.

 
Photo taken at Winters Middle School
Winters Middle School in first year of School2Home Program
Winters Middle School decided to become part of the School2Home program for several reasons: increased student and teacher use of technology in lesson activities, student acquisition of 
technology skills, including programming and robotics use, greater staff use of technology, and the connection of families to school and staff.
STEM Education
- Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO of The California Emerging Technology Fund recently gave testimony to California Assembly Member Susan Bonilla’s Select Committee on Increasing the Integrating of STEM Education.

She discussed the need for increased investments in broadband connectivity and computing technologies in schools, and the need for special focus and attention in schools in low-income neighborhoods.  She recommended that the California Legislature formally support the California Broadband Council Statement on Broadband in Schools and the recommendations from the CDE.  She spoke of the success of comprehensive approaches such as School2Home and called for acknowledging the importance of tackling the “wall of poverty” through better coordination of human services with accountability for better results for children and their families to transform neighborhoods and close the Achievement Gap. 

In discussing the School2Home, McPeak indicated that “results confirm that high-speed broadband Internet connectivity and computing technologies are a key part of an effective approach to turning around low-performing schools, not only because of the benefits to students but also because it is a powerful way for low-income parents to participate in their child’s learning and to be engaged with the school.”

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