Rural Virginia School District Awarded National Distinction for Student Data Privacy Practices

CoSN today awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to Rockingham County Public Schools (RCPS). The TLE Seal is a prestigious national distinction that school districts earn for demonstrating a commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices.
A small, rural district in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, RCPS is responsible for managing the privacy of more than 11,600 students. It is the second school system in Virginia to receive the Seal.

EdTech Leaders Cite Cybersecurity as No. 1 Priority, Critical IT Infrastructure Updates Needed

CoSN today released a new report, combining the results of the organization’s long-standing IT Leadership and Infrastructure surveys, to give school districts and policymakers a holistic understanding of the K-12 IT landscape.

Tips to Plan a Successful Funding Initiative

Although the 2020 fall elections are a year away, now is the time to start planning for voter-approved funding proposals such as bonds and levies. These funding vehicles can be leveraged to raise funds for large technology upgrades and improvements. Presidential elections, in particular, present an excellent opportunity to leverage voter participation, especially in states where minimum voter turnout is required to pass funding requests. However, early planning and consistent follow through is critical to help ensure successful bond or levy passage.

Student Data Privacy Seal Awarded to Houston-based Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

CoSN today awarded the national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston, TX. The district, which is the third school system in Texas to receive the Seal, earned the distinction for demonstrating a commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices.

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.  

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.