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Building Inclusive Communities of Schools through Implementation of Digital Citizenship and Restorative Practices

By: Allison Jonas, Maria Magnanimo-Toledo and Ed Zurita - L.A. Unified Instructional Technology Initiative - Division of Instruction
In our post COVID-19 era how can we implement a student centered model that promotes equity and the acceleration of student learning? Through the implementation of Digital Citizenship and Restorative Practices, we have the opportunity to provide all students the Social Emotional supports that will foster diversity, equity and inclusion in L.A. Unified. This approach can ensure that we meet our student-centered instructional priorities and transform our schools by building inclusive communities of schools. 
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ITI Professional Development Opportunities
ITI supports all schools district wide with robust and rigorous professional learning by offering various models of support along a continuum to meet learners where they are. You can join our individual learning opportunities such as the Teacher Leader Network, ISTE Student Standards Suite; computer science sessions, or learn together as an Instructional Leadership Team through the Instructional Leadership Cohort. We invite you to join us in any of our learning sessions.  

More information about our Professional Learning Opportunities are coming soon and you will be able to register through MyPLN.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the popularity of these sessions, waitlists have been added to each session. If the session you are interested in is full, you have the option to add yourself to its waitlist to be notified if a seat becomes available.
Practitioner Schools Program
Over the past few years, the Practitioner Schools program has served and has been available for all L.A. Unified schools. The program focuses on strategically and systematically ensuring that L.A. Unified students are granted intentional exposure to leveraging digital resources and to developing and integrating foundational 21st century practices within the K-12 classrooms. The goal is to create learning experiences that grant students opportunities to be interconnected and practice 21st century skills, computer science education, digital citizenship, and dispositions on a daily basis.
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L.A. Unified Digital Citizenship Week
October 18-22, 2021
Digital Citizenship Week has been an ongoing District-wide celebration since 2014. Each year, ITI supports schools in showcasing their commitment to digital citizenship during the month of October.
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L.A. Unified Computer Science Week
December 6-12, 2021
Each year, the Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) celebrates Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week) to amplify awareness of and expand access to CS courses for all students.
Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
The Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science program must be a Title 1 Elementary School looking to bring computer science education to their school. Find out how your school can apply for the 2022-2023 school year.
Instructional Technology Planning Cohort (ITPC)
We invite school Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) to join us for a 3-day cohort to dialogue and develop an informed, effective school-wide plan for digital age learners. This is a professional learning opportunity which provides school Instructional Leadership Teams guidance in developing an Instructional Technology Plan for digital learning tailored to each school’s needs.

Dates: Day 1 November 22, 2021
  Day 2 November 23, 2021
  Day 3 November 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (4-hours Synchronous | 2-hours Asynchronous)
Registration: School leaders contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at
Compensation: District Training Rate, salary point hours, or NBCT hours
Highlighting effective implementation of instructional technology that 
supports student learning.
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ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom - Digital Citizen (Asynchronous Self-Paced)
This course is designed to support educators in preparing to engage with learners that need to be empowered to thrive in an increasingly evolving technological landscape. Through a variety of activities, this course will provide opportunities to learn L.A. Unified’s definition of Digital Citizenship, the District’s policies and best practices around engaging in digital learning environments, as well as provide a wealth of teaching and learning resources that educators can put into practice immediately. This course is offered through Schoology. The course can be completed at your discretion any time during the week since there will be no live webinar sessions conducted for this course.

Format: Ongoing Monthly - Asynchronous
Registration: (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
Congratulations: Digital Citizenship Certification
Check out the directory and map below to view all Common Sense Certified Educators and Schools across the District.

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Digital Citizenship Certified Educators 
Los Angeles Unified School District
as of September 2021

Common Sense Education Recognition Program

L.A. Unified and ITI recognize schools and educators who achieve Common Sense Certification. For the School Year 2020-2021, we continue our partnership with Common Sense Education to offer a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:

Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator
Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School
How to add a Nearpod Lesson to Schoology
How to Add A Nearpod Lesson to Schoology
In this video you will learn how to seamlessly integrate your Nearpod lessons with Schoology.

Empowered By ITI Videos
The #EmpoweredByITI video collection are short, focused videos designed by ITI instructional technology facilitators with the goal of demonstrating instructionally rigorous ways of using digital tools and resources.

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ITI Google Certified Educator Program
L.A. Unified and ITI recognize educators who achieve Google Certifications for Educators (Level 1 and/or Level 2), Coaches, Trainers, and Innovators. Learn more about the Google Certified Educator Recognition Program:
Google for Education Teacher Center: Certifications Overview
ITI Professional Learning Sessions for Google Certified Educator Program
ITI Google Certified Educator Program INTEREST FORM:
We are seeking your feedback! Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the ITI Google Certified Educator Level 1 or Level 2 Program.
Congratulations: L.A. Unified Google Certified Educators
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Google Certified Educators across the District!

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SEL in Digital Life Resource Center

Support your students' social and emotional learning as they navigate the digital world, with our collection of SEL in Digital Life resources.

Technology is changing the social and emotional landscape that students navigate every day, from how they express themselves to how they communicate with friends and family. With the right support, students can learn how to integrate technology into their lives to promote their own well-being and to be a positive influence in their communities. This collection of CASEL-aligned quick activities, family conversation starters, and accompanying professional development resources is an addition to our free K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum that will help you promote social and emotional learning as your students navigate the digital world.

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L.A. Unified Supplemental Digital Learning Tools for 2021-2022
LA Unified will be providing supplemental digital learning tools for the 2021-2022 school year. These resources are in addition to the adopted digital core instructional applications available through Schoology. Click here

Vendors Technical Support and Help Desk 
This document contains a list of most vendors' technical support and help desk information to streamline how to obtain access and other assistance. Click here

The Personalized Learning Systems (PLS) department offers Schoology resources for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Click here.

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Readiness Resource Center
The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) offers District-wide instructional resources to support schools’ completion of the readiness resource items in order to distribute digital tools to students. Please visit the ITI website Readiness Resource Center for more information


RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY (RUP) - As schools distribute and manage devices it is important to note that site administrators must annually distribute, collect, and keep on file the Responsible Use Policy (RUP) prior to authorizing students to have access to devices, the Internet, or the District’s network. The Responsible Use Policy (RUP) for District Computer Systems Information is for all Students, Families and Employees. All users are responsible for practicing positive digital citizenship. 
Positive digital citizenship includes appropriate behavior and contributions on websites, social media, discussion 
boards, media sharing sites and all other electronic communications, including new technology. It is important to be honest in all digital communications without disclosing sensitive personal information. What District community members do and post online must not disrupt school activities or otherwise compromise individual and school community safety and security.

For more information, please contact Allison Jonas, Readiness and Integration Coordinator, at
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KQED Summer Workshops

June 2 - September 22, 2021

KQED offers a range of opportunities to learn media-making and media literacy skills. Their Summer Workshops are free and flexible, designed to give educators quality professional learning that fits in with vacation and summer school schedules. The KQED Media Academy offers a set of four free, instructor-led online professional Summer Facilitated Courses that prepare educators to effectively and meaningfully analyze, evaluate and make media with students to support curriculum goals.