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The Digital Divide in Rural and Latino Communities and the Impact

About This Session


Learn about the digital divide in rural and Latino communities, factors associated with digital disparities, research conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and strategies to promote digital access and communication.

What we'll cover:

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the digital divide that exists within the United States. As digital communication grows as a mode of communication between home and schools, parents with limited access to computers and/or internet were at a disadvantage.

The digital divide affects Latino and rural parent involvement in schools and student performance as research supports the idea that involved parents increase student academic achievement.

Learn more about research conducted in a small rural school district as we surveyed the experiences of rural Spanish-speaking Latino caregivers during COVID-19. This breakout session would be of particular interest to instructors working directly and indirectly with parents.

We’ll talk about:

  • Defining the digital divide
  • Increased use of digital communication in school districts
  • Impact of digital inequities in Latino and Rural communities
  • Rural Latino Caregiver Perspectives and Experiences during the COVID 19 Pandemic research findings
  • Creative and innovative tools to bridge the communication between home and schools for rural Latinos
  • Digital skill development

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - digital literacy & technology
Session will also cover:
topic - distance & virtual learning
topic - diversity, equity & inclusion
PD other

Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.

Sanchez, Rebecca

Rebecca Sanchez, Katherine Avila
Organization: University of Houston

ROLE general audience
LEVEL beginner
Case study?

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