Student Data Privacy: Laying the Foundation

Module 1 – Making the Case for Student Data Privacy

Overview—Why the push for data and why challenges are growing

Module 2 – Introduction to the Legal Landscape

  • Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Parents Rights and Federal Regulation
  • How States Are Responding
  • Reflecting on Federal and State Laws

Module 3 – Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Defined
  • A closer look
  • Exceptions
  • Parent's Rights

Module 4 – Applying Federal Regulations

  • Establishing a Balanced Perspective
  • Obtaining Consent from Parents
  • Concerns Over Obtaining Parental Consent and Having Parents Opt Out
  • Understanding Metadata and De-identification
  • Going Beyond Regulation

Module 5 – The Procurement Process

  • Considering External Providers for Instructional Resources
  • FERPA and the Cloud
  • Questions to Ask Online Service Providers
  • Specifying Security Standards in Contracts
  • Data Access and Correction
  • Privacy Challenges and Free Online Apps
  • Clicking "I Accept"
  • What to Look For in Click Wrap Agreements
  • Demystifying the Negotiation Process
  • The Student Privacy Pledge for School Service Providers

Module 6 – Building a Culture of Data Governance

  • Assessing (or Creating) Your Policies
  • For School Board and Others
  • Communicating Regulations and Policies to Employees
  • Explaining How Education Data Supports Student Success
  • Responsible Use
  • Building Your Data Governance Program

Protecting Privacy: Improving Your Practice

Module 1 – Review of Key Privacy Concepts

  • Student Data Privacy Challenges
  • Key Privacy Laws
  • The value of student data
  • Trust and Transparency
  • Establishing Balance

Module 2 – Data Security

  • The Lifecycle of Data
  • Reasonable Security and Best Practices

Module 3 – Security Breaches

  • Considering the Cloud
  • Security Challenges with Online Service Providers
  • Contracts
  • Click Wrap Agreements

Module 4 – Building a Culture of Data Governance

  • Stakeholder Involvement
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Professional Development
  • Balance and Transparency

Module 5 – Moving Beyond the Basics

  • Steps Every School District Should Take
  • Building Your Data Governance Program
  • Preparing for Your Trusted Learning Environment Application

Module 6 – Putting it Together: Course Review

  • Participant Action Plan Presentations


If you have a group interested in taking this course, we will gladly facilitate it. We can also arrange to provide materials for in-house facilitated courses for your group. The minimum group size is ten people. Questions?, Jill Brown, PhD, Director of Professional Learning