I’m happy to announce that Fayette County Public Schools will be applying to be a Common Sense District. As Common Sense Media’s site states, “This is an official stamp of recognition from Common Sense Education for districts that are dedicated to teaching digital citizenship to young people and to taking a whole-community approach.”
Districts must show that at least 50% of schools are using the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum and/or other tools such as Digital Passport, Digital Compass, and Digital Bytes. That’s easy for us since we have plans detailing use of these materials. In addition, district must demonstrate parent engagement and education on media and technology issues and have a plan to help all schools reach Common Sense School Status over the next two years.
More information on becoming a Common Sense School or Educator is located below under Resources.
- Instructional Plans — are still in the process of being vetted.
- Due Dates — don’t forget that all required instruction on the plan must be completed by Winter Break.
- Be recognized as a Common Sense School — if you are using Common Sense Media lessons and resources with students, providing professional development to staff, and are engaging and educating parents about issues, you’re eligible. I have told Common Sense Media that I will handle submitting school information, so please click here to let me know if you’re using these resources. My goal is to get our remaining schools to this level. The criteria, as taken from the website, is:
- Create a school vision including digital citizenship and digital teaching.
- Develop a Common Sense School Implementation Plan. You will be asked to enter the implementation details in the Common Sense School application. The implementation plan should include all criteria outlined in the following steps. (Easy if you’re using 3-5 CSM lessons for at least two grade levels and a vast majority of you are)
- Provide professional development to all educators on digital citizenship. PD may be conducted in person (by school staff) or online, using Common Sense Education resources. In-person PD may be combined to cover both topics. (Ideas include using short chunks of faculty meetings or one outright training, sending out weekly information training sheets from Common Sense, utilizing a Canvas/Google Classroom course, etc. Common Sense requests one piece of documentation. Other ideas are here.)
- One or more educators leads digital citizenship instruction on at least two full grade levels using Common Sense Education resources. All students at those grade levels must receive instruction. Schools have two options to meet student-instruction criteria: (Easy since most of our schools are using several of these lessons with multiple grades)
- On two grade levels, teach five lessons/modules/storylines/or two Digital Bytes,
- OR on three grade levels, teach three lessons/modules/storylines/or one Digital Byte
- Engage parents school-wide and educate them in three distinct ways. (Easy — the parent handouts, etc. linked on our website can be used to share directly with parents in emails/newsletters, link the parent resource page on the district site to the school website, offer the FCPS Social Media brochure in the school office and other areas like Guidance and the FRC, host parent/tech nights, create posters for parent nights that don’t involve technology topics, offer etc.) Check out Common Sense Media’s Connecting Families for more ideas.
- Save at least three pieces of documentation from your efforts implementing: professional development, digital citizenship student instruction, and/or parent outreach to submit with the Common Sense School application. Easy
- Become a Common Sense Educator — this isn’t hard but it requires a little bit more effort in my opinion since you have to go through one of the tutorials for a grade range. The estimation is 4-6 hours total. New people — here’s where your work pays off! Here’s a link to more information. When you complete it, please let me know, so I can take care of submitting your name.
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