Use this checklist to help your school meet the requirements to become a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship. PLAN * Identify a project lead for the school. * Register on Common Sense Education to get familiar with the digital citizenship resources. * Form a project team with key stakeholders (teachers, students, parents/caregivers, administrators), if appropriate. * Create your school’s digital citizenship vision.1 * Determine how, when, and who will provide digital citizenship instruction to students.2 Consider the following: • In which grades instruction will occur (a minimum of two is required) • Which Common Sense resources will be used, and on which platforms (e.g., app vs. Web-based) • How many hours of instruction will be taught. At a minimum: – In two grade levels, teach three hours, 45 minutes of digital citizenship instruction; – OR in three grade levels, teach two hours, 15 minutes of digital citizenship instruction. All students in the chosen grades must receive instruction. • Which teachers will be responsible for the instruction • When the instruction will occur * Develop the school’s parent outreach plan to engage and educate parents using the Connecting Families Program in three distinct ways.3 * Once your parent outreach and student instructional plans have been finalized, input them on the School Implementation Plan section of the application. New applicants will need to include this plan as part of the application. Renewing applicants do not need to include this documentation. PREPARE * Introduce Common Sense Education and what you’re doing in your school to your superintendent, and encourage him or her to roll out a district-wide digital citizenship program. * Request that all educators register with Common Sense Education. * Provide in-person or online professional development to staff designated for leading student instruction.4 * Communicate your school’s commitment to digital citizenship to your parent body, staff, and students.5 * Share a link to Common Sense Education on your school website (or equivalent notice board if your school doesn’t have a website).
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