Facilitated Online Course: Protecting Student Privacy

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Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning
Educators, students, and parents are now benefiting from the exciting opportunities available as a result of new instructional technologies, including cloud-based technology services and mobile applications. These technologies enable rich, data-powered classroom experiences and the anytime, anywhere learning that education technologists and educators have envisioned for many years.
The course will offer the following benefits:
  • structured conversation and workshop led by a knowledgeable and experienced facilitator
  • weekly live and asynchronous discussions with colleagues dealing with the same issues
  • a plan and strategy to develop local privacy policy and practices
  • preparation for the Trusted Learning Environment program application
By the end of the course, you should have the tools and information you need to begin building or improve upon your student data policies and practices. 9 CEA Credits toward CETL® recertification.
New this season, CoSN has divided the course into two learning opportunities in order to devote more time to this critical subject matter. Participants are not required to take both courses and do not need to take the first part in order to register for the second. However, if you are interested in both parts, you can get a 30% discount off the second course if you register for both before October 16 (you will get a discount code in your confirmation email after purchasing the Fall course). Please email Marci Giang at mgiang@cosn.org with any questions. 
The minimum number of students is 10, and the class is capped at 25. Register now to save your spot! 

Student Data Privacy Part I: Laying the Foundation 
October 17 – December 19, 2019 
All classes start at 1:00 PM ET.  


How do you protect your students’ data from third-party providers? Know the laws and build the foundation for sound data privacy policies to mitigate risk. This 8-week, Fall 2019 class will focus on the policies and procedures relating to federal regulations, procurement process, and a data governance plan. Participants will achieve the fundamental concepts in the following:  
  • Historical and current landscape of data privacy issues in K-12 education
  • Major federal and state legislation and how they affect school systems and communities
  • Best practices in the procurement process and data governance including responsible use policies and professional development

October 17, 2019

About the course
• Course Expectations
Trusted Learning Environment 
Data Governance
October 24, 2019 Making the Case for Student Data Privacy
• Current State of Privacy Concerns
• The value of student data
• Trust and Transparency

October 31, 2019

Introduction to the Legal Landscape
Key Privacy Laws
Parents Rights
State and Federal Perspectives
November 7, 2019 Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
• Defining an Education Record
• Parents Rights
• FERPA Exceptions

November 21, 2019

Applying Federal Regulations
Establishing a Balanced Perspective
Understanding Metadata and De-identification
Going Beyond Regulations
December 5, 2019 The Procurement Process
• Privacy Challenges with Online Service Providers
• Contracts
• Click Wrap Agreements

December 12, 2019

Building a Culture of Data Governance
Policies and Procedures
Responsible Use
Professional Development for Stakeholders 
December 19, 2019 Putting it Together: Course Review
• Participant Action Plan Presentations
• Next Steps                                                                                

Student Data Privacy Part II: Safeguarding Your Students’ Information
March 26 – May 14, 2020
All classes start at 1:00 PM ET. 

Register: Part II - Safeguarding Your Students' Information

The 8-week Spring 2020 class will focus on the implementation of your school system’s student data polices and takes a deep dive into securing your network, developing a data governance plan, and preparing your Trusted Learning Environment application. 

March 26, 2020

• About the course
• Course Expectations
• Trusted Learning Environment 
• Data Governance
April 2, 2020 Review of Key Privacy Concepts
• Student Data Privacy Challenges
• Key Privacy Laws
• The value of student data
• Trust and Transparency
• Establishing Balance 

April 9, 2020

Data Security
The Lifecycle of Data
Reasonable Security and Best Practices
April 16, 2020 Security Breaches
• Addressing Security Breaches
• Enterprise-Wide Planning

April 23, 2020

Working with Online Service Providers
Considering the Cloud
Security Challenges with Online Service Providers
Click Wrap Agreements
April 30, 2020 Building a Culture of Data Governance
• Stakeholder Involvement
• Policies and Procedures
• Professional Development
• Balance and Transparency

May 7, 2020

Moving Beyond the Basics
Steps Every School District Should Take
Building Your Data Governance Program
Preparing for Your Trusted Learning Environment Application
May 14, 2020 Putting it Together: Course Review 
• Participant Action Plan Presentations