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ELK GROVE, Calif. – July 11, 2016 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the first school district in Northern California to receive the Common Sense Media’s (CSM) Digital Citizenship District Certification. The certification demonstrates the District’s and its educators’ commitment in teaching students how to use technology in enriching and responsible ways. Given the pace at which new technology tools emerge, EGUSD recognized the importance of implementing a digital citizenship comprehensive program to teach safe, effective and ethical uses of digital age technologies to its staff, students and parents.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Elk Grove Unified for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Elk Grove Unified deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-Century workplace and participate ethically in society-at-large.”

Common Sense Media recommended EGUSD apply for all three levels of CSM Digital Citizenship Certification (District, School, Educator) because of the District’s commitment to its students becoming outstanding digital citizens. On June 2, 2016, CSM approved all applications and awarded Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certification to the District, 48 schools and 54 educators.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified District,” said Chris Hoffman, Superintendent, Elk Grove Unified School District. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

In 2008, EGUSD formed the Digital Citizenship Task Force (previously known as the Internet Safety Task Force) and began developing a district-wide program. By 2009, EGUSD started to incorporate Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship lessons.

Receiving CSM’s Digital Citizenship District Certification demonstrates to parents the commitment by the District, school and educators to teach students to use technology in enriching and responsible ways. All site coordinators and teachers who are interested in the CSM certification process can attend EGUSD Digital Citizenship workshops throughout the 2016 and 2017 school year.

RESULTS:

  • All 65 EGUSD schools taught Digital Citizenship during 2015-2016 school year.
  • 48 schools awarded certification met CSM lesson and parent outreach requirements.
  • EGUSD is one of 25 Certified Districts in the U.S., the largest of seven Certified California School Districts and first CSM Certified District in the Sacramento region.

Common Sense Media is a national nonprofit organization dedicated in assisting kids and their families to thrive. Their goal to “empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice and innovative tools, CSM aims to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.”

About Common Sense

Common Sense is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to www.commonsense.org.

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 13 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and strive for having every student learning in every classroom, every subject, every day.

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