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Opening Digital Doors

Educational Leadership Volume 68, Number 3, ISSN 0013-1784


Lilla G. Frederick Middle School in the Dorchester area of Boston doesn't just train neighborhood parents how to use technology--it offers families who complete the training a new laptop practically free (for $50.00). What's more, students and parents participate in training sessions at the school together, with students often acting as teachers. This digital leg up is part of Tech Goes Home, a citywide program initiated by Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino to help close the digital divide for low-income kids. Lilla Frederick, which serves one of the poorest areas of Boston and has historically known low student achievement, implements Tech Goes Home as an empowering partnership between the school and students' families. DeGennaro explains the "relational power" approach of the partnership and describes how the school orients computer training activities to (1) connect parents to opportunities that further their learning and job success, and (2) strengthen relationships between parents and teachers and between parents and children. The article addresses the achievement gap, school-community relationships, fostering parental involvement, and educational equity.


DeGennaro, D. (2010). Opening Digital Doors. Educational Leadership, 68(3), 73-76. Retrieved August 4, 2020 from .

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