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Microsoft Shape the Future. Creating economic opportunities through education – C ore Principles. Seattle’s ‘Great Student’ Initiative Uplifting Children & Eliminating the Digital Divide. Create tomorrow’s jobs. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Creating economic opportunities through education Core PrinciplesMicrosoft Shape the Future

Seattles Great Student Initiative

Uplifting Children & Eliminating the Digital Divide

Ensuring That All Seattle Students and their Families Can be a Part of the Digital Society

Increase the citys economic growth & competitivenessCreate tomorrows jobs

Develop new skills for the future

WHY: Home access to education technology creates jobs, drives economic growth and increases the citys competitiveness

HOW: By reducing digital exclusion among students and their families to tackle some of the citys most pressing challenges

WHAT: A public/private partnership to deliver broadband, PC, training and city services to digitally excluded Seattle families

The Great Student Initiative, a new partnership program with information, communication and technology companies, and financial institutions to provide low-cost,high-speed Internet access, hardware and software for low-income students in the Seattle Public Schools, and creating a steering committee to advance the goals of the initiative.

It is imperative to equip all Seattle Public School students across all socioeconomic backgrounds with high-speed Internet, a quality computer, and software at home to compete and be successful in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Bottom line: equipping our students with these technology tools will allow them to successfully compete for jobs. The future is a global economy driven by technology and information technology plays a vital role in driving the economy of our city, county, state and nation.5

From Vision to OutcomesSeattle can announce that every public school family can receive a world class education through the citys commitment to digital inclusion for all students and Seattle will lead the nation in this effort

The cost to a family will vary by their economic ability and be tied to Free Lunch eligibility with subsidies & financing making the program accessible to all

A partnership between public, private and non-profit organizations will create a more affordable solution, with higher relevance, training and support and with greater accessibility to all Seattle families

Seattle will serve as a national model for developing smart and sustainable digital inclusion initiatives that can enable all US cities and all citizens to participate in the digital society

6Who Will Benefit?Students, Parents & Educators and SeattleParental involvement can be increased through the effective use of technology in teaching and learningEducators can more efficiently communicate with parents and students using technology Addressing the Digitally Excluded unlocks Seattle Public Schools existing technology, content and learning investments so that all students can use themDigitally Excluded students can end up creating a Multiplier Effect of issues the City ultimately has to take responsibility for:More likely to drop out of schoolMore likely to have encounters with law enforcementMore likely to have significant and long term social support needsMore likely to have parents who need workforce training assistanceMore likely to require unemployment benefitsMore likely to need local e-Services and least likely to be able to access them

75 Key Steps to Developing a Solution Map to the PolicyCreate the ProgramBuild the PartnershipsIdentify the SolutionsDeliver, Support & MeasureEducation technology is a vital part of creating jobs and economic growthThe Great Student InitiativePartners, PC, software, Internet, training, skills, support and servicesDevices and home broadband for Seattles free lunch students143258What is the impact?Social, economic and competitive while transcending educationAccess to quality education becomes a fundamental right, not a privilege for all AmericansTechnology can enable equity for the underserved and disadvantagedHaving a digitally literate community improves economic opportunities, social engagements and builds stronger tax bases through higher-paying jobsSkilled workforces create competitive advantages for states and citiesPublic Private Partnerships can be directed to any audience that can make an impact in a citys efficiencies, level of service or policies for inclusion:Education: Providing teachers, families and students with access to PCs to enable home and school use through subsidized purchases of technologyEntrepreneurs: Helping entrepreneurs gain access to affordable technology and training which can increase their productivity and contribution to the local economyeGovernment: Helping state and city government agencies ensure that citizens have the necessary technology to access online solutionseHealth: Building digital skills and access for public health professionals while improving citizen access to health information and servicesSeniors: Helping aging citizens become comfortable with technology so that they can accessgovernment health benefits, find new learning opportunities, maintain independent living, and connect with extended family and friends

9CMS Investment Study Group Report:Project L.I.F.T.(Leadership & Investment For Transformation)10

Avg. college grad will earn $1M more over their lifetime compared to a high school dropout! Over $60K in lost North Carolina taxes per dropout over their lifetimeAverage yearly earningsBottom Line: The more you learn, the more you earn11High school dropouts today have 3.5x the unemployment rate of college graduatesEducation = Employment = Opportunity

Unemployment Rate 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 12Proposed 5 Year Investments*Average. incremental resources per student/per year: ~$1500 Investment AreaPer Year5 Year TotalTalent$2.3M$11.5MTime$6.0M$30.0MTechnology$.6M$3.0MCommunity Support$1.6M$8.0MSchool Environment EnhancementsIn-kindIn-kindManagement$.5M$2.5MTotal Investment$11.0M$55.0M13

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