Online education is not an option today, it is here to stay, as positive testing COVID-19 cases are rising among all students from kindergarten to college. The National Urban Technology Center, Inc. (Urban Tech)has the solution and is launching a pilot program to train parents to become equal partners with teachers in delivering remote services to the home. This exciting program will extend the “classroom” to the home for anytime, anyplace access to academic resources and social and emotional well-being of families at the beginning of this unprecedented period in American history.
Urban Tech’s Dignity for All program strengthens the ties between home and school and unlocks the potential of parents to improve their own Social and Emotional Well-Being and job skills as well as their children’s skills by being trained and certified as paraprofessionals to join schools in delivering remote online services in their homes.
One hundred parents will be invited to join the first phase of the Dignity for All program (DFA) funded by private and corporate donors to form effective alliances between parents and teachers in delivering remote services to the home. Two (2) teachers/staff from each participating school will be invited to complete the DFA Parents Care curriculum for a total of 15 hours during the academic year to help families and school staff better respond to the stressors that have emerged as a result of Covid-19 and help students access the technical supports and remote services they need to successfully achieve their academic goals for the year.
In the last six months, the pandemic has shone a light on the lack of digital inclusion and inability of families to receive remote educational services in their homes making it impossible for their children to achieve their academic goals for the year. It is a flagrant denial of their civil rights and ensures a continuation of inadequate education, joblessness and poverty as families struggle to survive in today’s economy. It is time to close the learning gap for these marginalized and low-income families whose lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic from those who live in urban communities to those in rural communities, low income families, immigrants and families of color who today cannot access online education and who will continue to struggle to gain the skills necessary to survive in today’s competitive economy. Online education is not an option today, it is a requirement for becoming a fully qualified participant in today’s economic system and job market.
Over the last 25 years as an educational not for profit corporation, Urban Tech has helped communities to fully participate in the information age by applying ”A Whole Village” approach to education. Through Dignity for All, Urban Tech invests in parents as equal partners in the education of their children and support teachers with interactive classroom activities adapted to individual students, small groups, and whole class modules.
Working together with funding partners, Urban Tech addresses racial inequality and the lack of access caused by the pandemic by building a bold new “smart” learning platform for social and emotional learning and world-class education available anytime and anyplace; and trains parents to assist in providing education to the entire family.
If we are successful, Dignity for All would not only lift students out of the educational crisis caused by the pandemic but pay parents to become equal partners in educating their children, lifting all boats in the community.

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