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Internet Essentials: Impact on Education Summit

In case you missed it, check out the Internet Essentials Impact on Education Summit. The first in a series of virtual convenings, bringing thought leaders and subject matter experts together to discuss digital equity and the challenges related to COVID-19. The Summit focused on best practices for communities across the country to ensure every student, teacher, and school has the tools necessary to create a high-quality online learning experience.

  • Host Welcome + Executive Remarks from Dana Strong

  • The Importance of Getting Students Connected to the Internet During COVID-19 with Karima Zedan + Evan Marwell

  • Tackling Our Biggest Challenges with Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

  • Barriers to Digital Adoption in Urban America, a Discussion with Leading Digital Equity Advocates

  • Panel - Known Unknowns: What Must We Learn to Make Sure Every Student is Connected?

  • Closing Remarks from David L. Cohen

Summit Agenda

Host Welcome
Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News, played an integral part of the groundbreaking NBC News’ “Education Nation” initiative; her reports appear on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Today, and MSNBC.
Rehema Ellis onstage speaking at a podium.
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Executive Champion Remarks
Dana Strong, President, Consumer Services, Comcast Cable
Dana Strong.
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Fireside Chat
The importance of getting students connected to the internet during COVID-19 with Karima Zedan, VP, Internet Essentials, Community Engagement & Impact, Comcast NBCUniversal facilitated by Evan Marwell, CEO, EducationSuperHighway.
A child uses her laptop to do homework
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Tackling Our Biggest Challenges
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will discuss educational inequality and the power of connection.
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Panel - Barriers to Digital Adoption in Urban America, a Discussion with Leading Digital Equity Advocates
This diverse panel of partners, experts, and educators will discuss the challenges low-income families face in education during a global pandemic.

Panelists:
  • Nicol Turner Lee, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution(moderator)
  • Daniel Anello, CEO, Kids First Chicago
  • Eric Collazo, School Principal, Washington Leadership Academy
  • Sonia M. Pérez, COO, UnidosUS
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Panel - Known Unknowns: What Must We Learn to Make Sure Every Student is Connected?
Join in as leading advocates and leaders consider how to take advantage of this unexpected opportunity to set the stage for solutions to close the digital divide once and for all.

Panelists:
  • Angela Siefer, Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance (moderator)
  • Amina Fazlullah, Policy Counsel, Common Sense Media
  • Curtis Valentine, Deputy Director, Reinventing America’s Schools, Progressive Policy Institute
  • Scott Wallsten, President & Senior Fellow, The Technology Policy Institute
Students receive free laptops at an Internet Essentials event.
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Closing Remarks
David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation
David L. Cohen.
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