EducationSuperHighway is a non-profit organization working to enable high-speed Internet in every classroom in America so that the promise of digital education can be fulfilled. The organization is funded entirely by philanthropy and donates broadband upgrade support services and resources to states and school districts free of charge. They are a key partner in the Kansas Connect & Learn Initiative.
Compare your district’s broadband services and pricing with those of other districts across the state using EducationSuperHighway’s tool Compare and Connect K12.
Kansas Connect & Learn Initiative: Closing the connectivity gap in Kansas school districts
In November 2016, Governor Brownback and Commissioner Watson announced the launch of the Kansas Connect & Learn Initiative in partnership with KSDE and the non-profit organization EducationSuperHighway to ensure every student and teacher in Kansas has the bandwidth they need for 21st century learning.
The 2016 Kansas Digital Learning Report revealed that 26% of districts think their network infrastructure is not digital learning ready. An analysis of 2015 E-rate connectivity data also shows that 20% of districts aren’t yet meeting the FCC’s 2014 minimum bandwidth recommendation of 100 kbps per student needed for effective use of technology in the classroom.
Through the Connect & Learn Initiative, KSDE and EducationSuperHighway will be working directly with school districts to identify and implement solutions to connect every instructional building via scalable fiber infrastructure and upgrade to affordable, high-speed bandwidth. To accomplish this goal, EducationSuperHighway’s district consultants will work with school district leaders -- at no cost -- to research technology and service provider options, develop a form 470/RFP strategy, and support the implementation of the new network.
To get started, schedule a call with EducationSuperHighway using this call scheduler or contact Bryn Murray from EducationSuperHighway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Upgrade Resources
SEDTA’s K-12 Bandwidth Goals
EducationSuperHighway’s free resources: