The world has changed, and nowhere has that been more apparent than across school districts. In a series of series of seismic shifts, classroom environments and technologies used to support delivery of instruction changes…and changed again…leaving many racing to catch up to whatever was coming next. Certainly technology evolution isn’t slowing down, and neither are the concerns it sometimes raises about student data privacy.
As the ground continues to shift, one thing you can rely on is privacy fundamentals. The technologies – and even the laws – may change, but the basic concepts haven’t moved in decades. The more you understand them, the better prepared you’ll be to handle whatever happens next. So come brush up on the basics of FERPA, COPPA, PPRA, and SOPPA, and learn how the work you do to improve your privacy efforts today will serve you well into the future.
Linnette Attai is Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program. As founder of the global compliance consulting firm PlayWell, LLC, Linnette delivers strategic advice and training, policy development, and technology assessments, and builds cultures of compliance across a wide range of organizations. She also serves as virtual chief privacy officer and GDPR data protection officer to select clients. Linnette is a recognized expert in the youth and education sectors and speaks nationally on data privacy matters. She is a TEDx speaker, advisory board member for the Ithaca College Cybersecurity Program, and author of the books, “Student Data Privacy: Building a School Compliance Program,” “Protecting Student Data Privacy: Classroom Fundamentals” and “Student Data Privacy: Managing Vendor Relationships.”