About Us

School2Home is a comprehensive initiative that builds the capacity of its Partner Schools to integrate technology into teaching, learning and parent engagement to improve student outcomes and establish a sustainable digital learning culture.  Since 2009, School2Home has provided financial support and technical assistance to Partner Schools in 12 districts throughout California to implement the following School2Home 10 Core Components:

  • School Leadership, Assessment and Planning
  • Technology Bundles
  • Teacher Professional Learning
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Parent Engagement and Education
  • Student Tech Expert Development
  • Online Resources
  • Learning Academies
  • Affordable Home Internet Access
  • Evaluation

The Implementation Guide provides more detail on how these 10 Core Components are operationalized. School2Home helps its Partner Schools ensure that:

  • Every student has a digital device and Internet access at school and home.
  • Families are welcomed at school and provided opportunities to learn about, acquire, and use technology to become part of the school community, help their children learn, and keep them safe online.
  • Teachers receive multiple professional learning opportunities to strengthen their capacity to design, develop and infuse technology into transformative digital learning experiences for their students and establish meaningful relationships with families.

School2Home is a time-tested approach for seeding and sustaining a digital learning culture in schools located in underserved neighborhoods with low home Internet adoption rates.  The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) developed School2Home to close the Achievement Gap and the Digital Divide in California. 

10 Core Components

School2Home supports school districts, administrators, principals, teachers, parents, and community leaders who are committed to improving the academic performance for all students and ensuring they have the essential skills to succeed in a digital economy. It is anchored in extensive analysis of successful technology programs, research on effective parent engagement, and best practices to improve schools.  School2Home has 10 Core Components:

Logic Model

The development, implementation and evaluation of School2Home are guided by the following Logic Model, which defines the inputs, outputs and expected short, medium and long-term outcomes.

logic model
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Impact

Every facet of school life was altered in March 2020.  As schools closed and shifted to remote learning, the lives of students, parents, teachers and school leaders were disrupted, and the structural inequities that School2Home has been addressing for more than a decade became all the more apparent.  

As evidenced in interviews, surveys, and management progress reports conducted for the 2019-2020 Evaluation, every Partner School said they were better prepared than other schools serving historically underserved communities.

Similar results were found in the 2020-2021 Evaluation.  Importantly, Partner School Principals said they had developed the necessary systems and leadership to continue implementing the School2Home framework on their own, a major goal of this capacity-building endeavor. 

Our participation in School2Home provided a strong foundation in digital learning prior to the pandemic, which was essential to our continuation of high-quality distance learning in 2020-2021.”

Serrano Middle School Leadership Team

The remote learning experiences validated the School2Home Theory of Change.  Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic provided a catalyst to accelerate progress towards closing the Digital Divide in a manner that also helps reduce associated equity gaps.  As a result, many of the policy objectives CETF and School2Home have championed began to be addressed. Read the recommendations from the  2020 – 2021 Evaluation here

Evaluation is an essential component of School2Home.  It is conducted each year by an Independent Evaluator with support from Partner Schools and School2Home management. Evaluation Reports can be found here.

Our Team

The School2Home Team is diverse and comes from a wide range of backgrounds.  Each member is committed to the mission of closing the Digital Divide and the Achievement Gap in California. School2Home is part of the California Emerging Technology Fund, which provides oversight and administrative support.  Team members include educators, research analysts, advocates, and other experts.  School Principals and School Leadership Teams are vital partners to School2Home.  Listed below are the members of the School2Home Leadership Team.

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Agustin Urgiles is the Executive Manager of School2Home. Agustin has been with School2Home from the very beginning, having played a significant role in the planning, design, and testing of the initiative. A first-generation college graduate with degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California, Agustin has dedicated his career to improving student access to high-quality education systems. He has broad experience in establishing and managing strategic collaborations between education institutions, community-based organizations and the private sector in order to improve the education experience for children and their families in high-poverty communities and neighborhoods.

Raquel Cinat has been the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) Associate Vice President of Southern California since 2007. During her involvement with CETF, she has developed, managed, and overseen programs and statewide initiatives in three major strategic areas: digital inclusion grants, publicly-subsidized housing, and education. She has a degree in Clinical Psychology and over 20-year expertise in the non-profit area serving disadvantaged populations. Raquel believes in the importance of closing the Digital Divide to help close the economic, student achievement, and opportunity gaps in California.

Raquel Cinat

Elaine Carpenter brings years of executive experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She was instrumental in developing School2Home over 10 years ago when serving as the Technology Program Director for The Children’s Partnership. Before her work in the non-profit sector, she served as a Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs at a mid-sized telecom company and as Chief of Staff of the United States Telecom Association in Washington, DC. Dedicated to the transformative power of technology to improve underserved communities, Elaine helps School2Home through advocacy, research, and program documentation.

Rosa Guerrero is a Senior Program Manager responsible for supporting a cohort of schools in Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Long Beach plan for and implement School2Home. She comes to School2Home by way of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she served as a classroom teacher, a math specialist, and principal. Rosa is a graduate of the California State University, Los Angeles and Northridge with degrees in Mathematics and Educational Leadership. Rosa is deeply committed to working with underprivileged students in high-poverty neighborhoods to help ensure they have access to a quality education regardless of their zip code.

Dylan Porter is a Senior Program Manager with School2Home, working with schools in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Long Beach, and San Jose. Dylan graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education. As a middle school teacher in Chicago public schools, Dylan helped pioneer a student-centered 1:1 Chromebook program. This early work with instructional technology in both Chicago and South Los Angeles, led Dylan to the California State University, Fullerton, where obtained his Master’s degree in Educational Technology and received the Edwin Carr Fellowship Award. Currently, Dylan continues his work with instructional technology, helping to close the Digital Divide in California at high-poverty schools and districts.

Steve Morris is a Senior Program Manager with School2Home, working with middle schools in Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) and San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). Steve graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science and received his Master Degree in Educational Technology from California Baptist University. In his twenty-nine year K-12 teaching career, Steve taught at both the elementary and secondary level, with the majority of his time teaching middle school mathematics. Steve spent three years as a Teacher On Special Assignment in the Innovation and Learner Engagement Department at RUSD, focusing on technology integration. As an adjunct professor, he currently teaches an educational technology class in the School of Education at California Baptist University. Steve has presented and keynoted at over 100 conferences across the United States on using technology in the secondary mathematics classroom. Two of Steve’s passions include using technology in a meaningful way that increases student achievement and seeing that each family has affordable access to the Internet to help close the Digital Divide.

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