15LCS Half-Day Training – Designing Digital Literacy Programs for Parents and Adults

This is one of five half-day trainings taking place the day before the 2015 Leading Change Summit in Washington, D.C. Half-day trainings are open to both LCS attendees and non-LCS attendees. Space is limited.

Digital literacy includes knowing how to use a mouse, a browser, and navigating the Web. It also includes knowing how to use those tools to meet our own needs and goals, whether to access information and education, communicate with family and friends, or connect to our children’s teachers and our doctors. The Internet has the potential to help all of us engage in our communities, access services and resources, and communicate with others near and far, but only if we are all online. Nonprofits play a critical role in helping all members of our communities get online. This half-day workshop includes best practices and case studies from leading digital literacy and inclusion programs to help you create or expand your organization’s efforts.

Speaker: Deb Socia
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 180 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating city successes, demonstrating the value of truly high-speed broadband, and elevating the importance of next-generation broadband as essential infrastructure. Prior to her current role, Deb was the Executive Director of the Tech Goes Home program in Boston whose mission is to ensure digital equity. Tech Goes Home provides training, hardware, and low-cost Internet access to Boston residents and supported nearly 14,000 participants during Deb’s tenure. Previously, Deb spent 32 years as an educator and administrator. She was the founding principal of the award-winning Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, a Boston Public School where she led the one-to-one laptop initiative.