Everyone in a school system plays an important role in protecting student data privacy. However, classroom teachers have a particularly important responsibility in the work. This is not only because of their access to student personal information, but also to the special and trusting relationship they have with the students in their care as well as with the parent community.

Maintaining that trust requires always acting in the best interest of the students. That extends to following district policy and procedures on the protection of student personal information, being able to speak to parents about district privacy practices, and being empowered to act as data privacy role models for their students.

CoSN recognizes the importance of ensuring that educators understand how to act as student data privacy role models, and sets out classroom practices as one of the 5 core practice areas of the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal Program. This guide provides a detailed explanation of the TLE Seal Program Classroom Practice requirements.