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What is Digital Literacy?

American Library Association (ALA) Definition

ALA’s Digital Literacy Task Force defines digital literacy as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.” - Learn More

What is Project shiftED?

Provided by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education with support from the California Department of Education and California Department of Education Foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused several shifts in education. Project shiftED aims to set a rigorous baseline of tech proficiency in California’s schools by transforming site teams into ambassadors of digital literacy and technology integration across the state. Through research-based approaches to professional learning, site teams in shiftED will develop a roadmap to use at their schools/districts to train additional educators in the use of technology as a lever to construct learning environments that are active, collaborative, constructive, authentic and goal-directed.


Site teams from diverse areas will meet regularly through a Community of Practice (COP) to align resources, provide professional learning and to identify common challenges. The culmination of shiftED will include an exhibition of all participants presenting to educators in a statewide forum. shiftED will be led by the Educational Leaders from the Tech+ Division at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

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Goals

  • Increase schools’ systemic proficiency in leveraging digital tools for learning

  • Increase educational leaders’ capacity to support digital literacy sitewide

  • Construct Communities of Practice (COP) to amplify successful models of digital literacy instruction



Action Plan for Districts or Sites

  • Prepare a small team to lead the efforts

  • Attend ALL Professional Learning

  • Create a Digital Literacy Roadmap

Activities to Support the Efforts

  • 10 hours of hybrid professional learning through a Kick-Off, Deep Dive, and job-alike topics focused digital literacy competencies in the classroom and school sites

  • 5 Community of Practice Network Meetings to share promising practices

  • Ongoing support to build and guide a Digital Literacy Roadmap

  • 4 hour exhibit to share work with the community

Honorarium Provided

An honorarium will be provided to all participants in the amount of $1250 to be paid by their district via an MOU with the Santa Cruz COE. The district can invoice the Santa Cruz COE for the $1250 honorarium plus any statutory costs.