Privacy

Connecticut Education Technology Leaders Embrace Strategy for Student Data Protections

The Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology today announced its support for the national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal – a mark of distinction for school systems that have demonstrated a commitment to protecting student data. Identified as a priority in the Commission’s five-year strategic plan, the TLE Seal and data privacy were in focus today at the Connecticut Education Technology Leaders Association’s (CTETL) annual conference. Nearly 80 school districts from across Connecticut participated in the event.  
 
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Email Security Essentials

by Keith A. Bockwoldt, CETL

There is a fast growing trend with Phishing scams targeting school districts and businesses alike. Perpetrators are using social engineering tactics to trick people into giving up information. They’re researching organizational charts and reporting structures from your district’s website. This provides them with some initial information to start their scam.

Advancing School Leadership on Data Privacy Day – and Beyond

On January 28, we recognize Data Privacy Day for the benefit of all students and learning environments worldwide.

Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), this international occasion is an annual commitment to growing the awareness of and strengthening student privacy practices. It is also about creating and fostering trust in all school systems.

Everyone in education plays a critical role in ensuring the protection of personal information – and CoSN is proud to be at the forefront.

Student Privacy Resource Helps School Systems Move Toward Culture of Trust

Washington, DC (September 1, 2015) – Privacy concerns surrounding student data are growing across local communities, states and the country as a whole. To support the dedicated efforts of school systems to move toward a culture of trust, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) have produced a customizable infographic and related tips.

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National Education Organizations Launch Effort to Build a ‘Trusted Learning Environment’ in U.S. School Systems

Washington, DC (June 26, 2015) - In today’s technology-rich landscape, school systems across the country are tasked with protecting student data and effectively communicating privacy policies and related measures to parents and communities.

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National Education Organizations Launch Effort to Build a ‘Trusted Learning Environment’ in U.S. School Systems

Washington, DC (June 26, 2015) – In today’s technology-rich landscape, school systems across the country are tasked with protecting student data and effectively communicating privacy policies and related measures to parents and communities.

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National Education Groups Issue Principles to Guide the Use and Protection of Student Data

Washington, DC (March 10, 2015) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), along with 32 leading national education organizations representing parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, state boards of education, chief technology officers and many others, today released 10 principles for protecting and guiding the use of the personal information of America’s students.

K-12 Technology Leader to U.S. House: ‘Avoid Overreaching’ on Student Privacy; Balanced Approach Will Best Support Educational Achievement

Washington, DC (February 12, 2015) – Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer for Calcasieu Parish Public Schools in Louisiana, testified today before the House Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on school technology and student privacy.

Abshire, a member of CoSN’s (Consortium for School Networking’s) Board of Directors, said:

CoSN Issues Resources to Complement K-12 Education Privacy Toolkit

CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today unveiled two freestanding resources to accompany its in-depth, step-by-step privacy toolkit. Designed to help school system leaders navigate the complex federal laws and related issues, the complementary resources include:

•    “10 Steps Every District Should Take Today”; and
•    “Security Questions to Ask of an Online Service Provider

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