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Fort Wort ISD Earns Common Sense District Designation

The Fort Worth ISD is officially a 2020-2022 certified Common Sense District.

The honorable accomplishment is bestowed by Common Sense, a leading independent nonprofit “dedicated to helping [children] thrive in a world of media and technology.” It recognizes districts that have demonstrated a “commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges [a district’s] commitment to creating a culture where our whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens,” according to a Common Sense statement.

FWISD Educational Technology officials say the distinction is a testament to the District’s commitment to instructing students about safe online practices and becoming digital citizens. Teaching responsible digital citizenship promotes and supports digital literacy skills for FWISD students, according to Educational Technology officials.

“Gaining the Common Sense District certification confirms that we are diligent in preparing our students to be responsible users of technology,” said Dr. Becky Navarre, FWISD Assistant Superintendent of Technology. “In addition, our teachers are modeling ethical and responsible technology use for our students on a daily basis, thus preparing our students for life in an interconnected digital world.”

FWISD is among more than 80,000 United States schools that use Common Sense Education’s free K-12 research-based curriculum. Common Sense Education resources “teach students, educators and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, media balance, managing online relationships and media literacy,” according to a Common Sense statement.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Fort Worth ISD for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Liz Kline, vice president of Education Programs for Common Sense Education. “Fort Worth ISD deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

To learn more about the criteria for becoming a certified Common Sense District, visit www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.