DSUSD uses Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized Desert Sands Unified as a Common Sense District. DSUSD has been awarded this distinction each year since 2016.

According to Common Sense Education, “DSUSD has demonstrated its 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 our district’s commitment to creating a culture where our whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens.”

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Desert Sands Unified School District for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Vice President Liz Kline, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. “Desert Sands 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.”

DSUSD uses Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, created in collaboration with researchers from Project Zero, led by Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The 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. The free K-12 curriculum is used in classrooms across all 50 states, in more than 50,000 schools, by more than half a million educators.

Desert Sands Unified School District serves more than 27,000 students in the central Coachella Valley. For more information about DSUSD click here. To learn more about Common Sense Education, click here.


Photo caption above: A recent showcase at Richard Oliphant Elementary School found students demonstrating their skills to dignitaries including Richard Oliphant and Superintendent of Schools Scott Bailey.

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  • Showcase: DSUSD