Common Sense Schools

What is a Common Sense School?

Common Sense Schools are committed to deep implementation of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum.  Earning the Common Sense School badge is a symbol of your school's dedication to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

Why become a Common Sense School?

  • Develop a roadmap to school and districtwide digital citizenship implementation.
  • Support a healthy school culture where your whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens.
  • Earn a badge that publicly affirms your school's commitment to schoolwide implementation.

How does a school earn recognition as a Common Sense School?

The Common Sense Recognition Program provides a roadmap for schools to adopt a whole-community approach to digital citizenship by completing three steps. We ask that you:

  • LEARN by providing professional learning opportunities to educators.
  • DO by implementing schoolwide digital citizenship through student instruction and family outreach.
  • REFLECT on how becoming a Common Sense School has had an impact on your school community.

Criteria and resources for the three steps are outlined below.

We will open applications to earn the 2019-2021 Common Sense School badge in mid-August. Criteria must be completed during the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are rolling and accepted between August 2019 and June 30, 2020.

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Develop a Common Sense School implementation plan. You will be asked to enter the implementation details in the Common Sense School application. The implementation plan should include all criteria outlined in the following steps.





Student-Instruction: Schools have two options to meet student-instruction criteria. Schools may teach a combination of lessons and interactives: Common Sense digital citizenship lessons, Digital Passport™ modules, or Digital Compass storylines, etc.):

  • Teach all students on at least two grades levels: five digital citizenship lessons using Common Sense Education resources.
  • OR, teach all students on at least three grade levels: three digital citizenship lessons using Common Sense
    Education resources.

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:

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.

Ready to apply?

All work must be completed during the current school year and before applying. Applications are rolling. We will open applications to earn the 2019-2021 badge in mid-August. 


Please read through our FAQ in the Help Center. If you have further questions, please post in the Common Sense Education Community or email [email protected] and enter Recognition in the subject line.

Planning ahead for 2019-2020? Read through the updates to the Recognition Program in the Help Center.