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While some schools only began to emphasize digital instruction and technology as a subject when COVID-19 forced them to embrace virtual learning, Digital Pioneers Academy in Washington, D.C., started there two years before, and found itself prepared for the series of adaptations it would have to make.

In a recent webinar hosted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in partnership with Google, the school’s CEO Mashea Ashton said the school was founded in 2018 on the basis of a computer science-centered curriculum to quickly tackle gender and talent gaps in STEM-related professions. The school has also achieved a 2:1 device ratio for students in efforts to address the digital divide, according to Ashton.

“Our culture is built on the foundational idea that computer science is for everyone — all genders, races and incomes,” she told Government Techno


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