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Offline and Left Behind: The Lost Generation

A year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our internet infrastructure remains ragged and uneven, leaving 21 million Americans, and an estimated 1 out of 5 schoolchildren disconnected. The internet is no longer a luxury: it is the pathway to the world of learning and opportunity in the 21st century, and particularly so in the COVID era. The digital divide compounds structural disadvantages of race and poverty, and is the critical educational issue of our time.

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  1. Center the digital divide as an educational issue that exacerbates disparities in opportunity.
  2. Learn how policymakers, institutions, and the private sector can invest in innovation in order to connect every student.
  3. Understand how to extend high quality digital learning to every American student.



Alana Dunagan, Director Higher Education and Workforce Policy, WGU

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  • Tags: digital divide
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Converse
  • Track: Policy & Civil Discourse
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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