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Student Data Privacy: A Priority and Essential Commitment

Monday, October 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Student privacy

Presented by Dr. Charles Dumais, Superintendent and Executive Director, Cooperative Educational Services, Trumbull, CT; Dr. Quinn Kellis, Superintendent Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, AZ; and Linnette Attai, Project Director, CoSN Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program
Program Host and Moderator: Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN Empowered Superintendents Program
This edWebinar series is co-hosted by CoSN and

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As citizens, students, educators, parents, employees, and consumers, we all have concerns about maintaining the privacy of our personal data. For school districts, data privacy is a multi-stakeholder priority, and it touches every aspect of operations—from student transportation to instruction, assessment to athletics, and counseling to community initiatives. Today and going forward, student data privacy policies and their implementation are hard-wired to governance, discipline, purchasing, and communications practices. Assessing privacy and compliance policies and practices related to your system-wide use of technology is a continual priority.

In this edWebinar, the presenters cover five critical guidelines for ensuring data privacy in any school system’s use of technology. Superintendents and district leaders will learn how to make student data privacy a district wide priority. Strategies for communicating their district’s commitment to assuring student data privacy is shared by Dr. Charles Dumais and Dr. Quinn Kellis, the superintendents on the edWebinar panel. Additionally, Linnette Attai, the Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program, shares information about how school districts can earn CoSN’s Trusted Learning Environment Seal and why that process benefits stakeholders across a district.

This recorded edWebinar is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders. Other educators interested in the most important edtech issues facing schools and districts will find this session very informative.

Charles DumaisAbout the Presenters

Dr. Charles “Chip” Dumais is the executive director of cooperative educational services in Trumbull, CT. A native of Connecticut, he began his career in education nearly three decades ago as a science teacher in Higganum, CT. He has proudly taught physics and calculus to more than one thousand students, chaired a science department, served as an assistant principal in Westport, CT, led Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, CT as its principal from 2008 to 2014, and served as superintendent of the Amity Regional School District. He has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, advanced degrees and certificates from Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University. He is an active member the National Superintendents Roundtable, the Headmasters Association, the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, and the Consortium for School Networking.

Quinn KellisDr. Quinn Kellis started his educational career in 1991 as a high school AP Spanish and sophomore English teacher. After years of site and district level leadership, he is currently the superintendent of Dysart Unified School District (24,000 students) in Surprise, Arizona. Dr. Kellis is a native of Arizona and earned degrees from Brigham Young University, Chapman University and Arizona State University. He is the proud father of three married children—all products of the Dysart district. He is a thought leader for innovation and technology integration, arts development and academic environments.

Linnette AttaiLinnette Attai is Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program. For over 25 years, Linnette Attai has been building organizational cultures of compliance and guiding clients through the complex obligations governing data privacy, user safety, and ethical marketing, with a focus on the education and youth sectors. As founder of the global compliance consulting firm PlayWell, LLC, Linnette advises organizations, educators, lawmakers, and policy influencers. She serves as virtual chief privacy officer and data protection officer to select clients and speaks nationally on data privacy matters. Linnette is a member of the Rutgers Center for Innovation cybersecurity advisory board, and author of Student Data Privacy: Building a School Compliance Program.

About the Host

Ann McMullan is a 34-year veteran educator who served as the executive director for educational technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas until September 2013, when she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. For 16 years Ann led the team in Klein ISD that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators serving over 50,000 students. During that time Ann also co-chaired the Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Education Agency’s Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020.

Today, she is based in Los Angeles, California working as a public speaker, writer, and independent education consultant focused on supporting leadership, visioning and planning to meet the needs of today’s students. She is a frequent presenter at state, national and international education conferences. Ann serves as project director for CoSN’s Empowered Superintendents Program. She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. In the fall of 2016 Ann co-authored and published Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby.

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CoSN CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.

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Monday, October 8, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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