Criteria and resources for the three steps are outlined below. If you're looking for more support, our Digital Citizenship Implementation Guide has everything you need to jump-start (or elevate) your digital citizenship practice. The guide includes a Common Sense School checklist, implementation models, an introduction to digital citizenship slides for staff, and more! Click here to view the full guide.
LEARN, DO, REFLECT
Choose two professional learning opportunities for all educators leading digital citizenship instruction that support their learning goals and level up their teaching practice.
- Attend a professional development session by a school project lead, Common Sense staff, or a Common Sense Ambassador (in-person or virtually). This counts as two LEARN activities.
- Attend a Common Sense webinar. Viewing two Common Sense webinars counts as two LEARN activities.
- Attend a Distance Learning with Common Sense session. TWO Distance Learning sessions count as ONE LEARN activity.
- Complete the online Digital Citizenship Curriculum Training.
- Complete the Student Data Privacy mini-course.
Empower your students to be digital citizens with student-instruction using Common Sense Education resources, and take a whole community approach with family engagement.
Student Instruction: Schools have two options to meet student instruction criteria. Schools may teach digital citizenship lessons using any combination of Common Sense Education resources, for example: Common Sense digital citizenship lessons, Digital Passport™ modules, or Digital Compass storylines.
- Teach all students on two grades levels: six digital citizenship lessons; OR
- teach all students on three grade levels: three digital citizenship lessons.
Family Engagement: Schools are asked to share with students' families how they are taking a Common Sense approach to digital citizenship and help families navigate the ups and downs of raising kids in the digital age using Common Sense resources. Complete at least three of the following activities to meet this requirement:
- Share resources from Wide Open School, a free collection of the best online learning experiences and activities for kids curated by our editors to help families adapt to online learning.
- Share the Common Sense Education Family Media Agreement.
- Share one or more Family Tip(s) that align with lessons taught in your classrooms.
- Share articles and parenting advice from Common Sense Media.
- Host an in-person or virtual event for parents, caregivers, and family members (with ready-made slides!).
- Invite families to participate in the Common Sense Tech Balance text program (for Elementary only).
We hope to learn more from you about your experience earning recognition as a Common Sense School. In the application, you will be asked to provide some details on how you feel the process of becoming a Common Sense School has impacted your school community.