Chamisa Elementary Now A Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School

LAPS News:

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Chamisa Elementary as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

Chamisa Elementary 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 cyber-bullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Chamisa Elementary for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Chamisa Elementary 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.”

Chamisa Elementary has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project 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, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith said. “This recognition is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

The following Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) elementary school librarians/educators have been recognized by Common Sense Media: Lorraine Whalen (technology support teacher), Jeff Lloyd (Aspen), Beverly Nelson (Chamisa), Marilyn Branton (Mountain), and Julie Goen (Pinon).

Other LAPS Media Specialists are currently engaged in the process of becoming Digital Citizenship Certified Educators include Lisa Whitacre and Ellie Simmons (Los Alamos Middle School), and Ken Holmes (Los Alamos High School). LAPS appreciates Lorraine Whalen and Marilyn Branton for bringing the project to the team.

To learn more about the criteria LAPS Media Specialists met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit