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Ethical Challenges in Remote Learning: Student Data Privacy, Digital Equity, Leadership

Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Remote Learning

Presented by Dr. Dan Domenech, AASA Executive Director; Linnette Attai, President, Playwell, LLC; Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD; and Tom Luna, Former State Superintendent, Idaho
Hosted by Ann McMullan, Education Leadership Consultant

Sponsored by The ProEthica® Program

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School districts today are facing unprecedented challenges to provide and support remote learning and teaching. When teachers and students meet together in a virtual classroom environment they may find themselves at risk since they are now connecting within a new level of exposure and access to their personal lives. It is incumbent upon school leaders to provide guidance on best practices in a remote learning environment to safeguard their schools, their educators, and their students.
This edLeader Panel focuses on increasing the awareness regarding the risks that schools and districts face as they accelerate remote learning environments. The panelists share ideas to address gaps in these areas:

  • Student Data Privacy
  • Digital Equity
  • Leading Learning

This recorded edLeader Panel will be of benefit to district leaders of all grade levels.


Dan DomenechAbout the Presenters

Dr. Daniel A. Domenech has served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. Daniel has more than 36 years of experience in public education, 27 of those years he served as a school superintendent. Prior to joining AASA, Daniel served as the senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide. Prior to his position at McGraw-Hill, Daniel served for seven years as superintendent of the Fairfax County, VA, Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the nation with 168,000 students. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, N.Y.


Linnette Attai

Linnette Attai is the founder of PlayWell, LLC, a global privacy and marketing compliance consulting firm. Linnette brings more than twenty-five years of experience to the work, building organizational compliance programs, assessing technologies, providing training, government relations, and managing incident response communications. She also serves as virtual chief privacy officer and as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data protection officer to a range of organizations. Linnette is a recognized expert in the youth and education sectors and speaks nationally on data privacy. She is a TEDx speaker and author of the books, “Student Data Privacy: Building a School Compliance Program” and “Protecting Student Data Privacy: Classroom Fundamentals.”


Dr. Jack SmithDr. Jack Smith began his tenure as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland on July 1, 2016. A dedicated, lifelong educator, Dr. Smith has been a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and a local superintendent of schools. His goal has always been to provide all students, regardless of their background, with options and choices upon graduation. Dr. Smith’s career began as a teacher in Richland, Washington. In 1992, he relocated to Tokyo, Japan, where he served as an international school principal. He returned to the United States in 1998 and joined Calvert County Public Schools, where he served in numerous leadership roles and as superintendent of schools for seven years. In 2013, he was named Maryland Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Smith was appointed Maryland interim state superintendent of schools in September 2015, having served as chief academic officer with the Maryland State Department of Education from 2013 to 2015.


Tom Luna Tom Luna is the former Idaho Superintendent of Education. He was elected Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2006 and served two terms. While serving as State Superintendent, Tom was elected President of Council of Chief State School Officers, an organization made up of all 50 state chiefs. In 2009, Tom was appointed by the US Secretary of Education to the National Assessment Governing Board. Tom was also a member of Chiefs for Change. During Tom’s years as State Superintendent, Idaho passed arguably the most comprehensive education reforms laws in the country. Some of the accomplishments included modernizing collect bargaining laws, creating a career ladder for teachers, expanding school choice by providing facility funding for charter schools and removing arbitrary laws that capped growth. Idaho created the Fast Forward program that gives high school students up to $4100.00 to pay for college credit-bearing courses. Tom worked with educators to create the Idaho Math Initiative and partnered with NASA and Idaho Teacher in Space Barbara Morgan to create the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Academy.


Ann McMullanAbout the Host

Ann McMullan is Project Director for CoSN’s Empowered Superintendents Initiative. Ann served as Executive Director, Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, near Houston, Texas until September 2013, when she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. For 16 years Ann led the district team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to 4,000 professional educators serving 50,000 students. Ann served as co-chair of Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020. Today, Ann is based in Los Angeles working as a public speaker, writer, and education consultant focused on leadership and planning to meet the needs of today’s students. Ann serves on the Project Tomorrow advisory council and is a leadership consultant with Executive Service Corps of Southern California, serving non-profit associations. Ann co-authored Life Lessons in Leadership, a guide for leaders ages eight to 88.

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Monday, May 4, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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