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Cyber Security: A Critical School District Priority

Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Cyber Security

Presented by Steve Bradshaw, Superintendent, Columbia Falls School District 6, MT; Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso ISD, TX; and Dr. Gary Lilly, Superintendent, Bristol Tennessee City Schools, TN
Program Host and Moderator: Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN Empowered Superintendents Program
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With the increasing concerns about security among individuals, families, districts and legislators, and increased teacher and student reliance on internet accessibility, school cybersecurity is subject to more scrutiny and questions than ever. It is now more critical than ever that school districts know how to take appropriate actions to be sufficiently aggressive in getting ahead of cybersecurity threats and problems.

During this edWebinar, superintendents Steve Bradshaw, Juan Cabrera, and Dr. Gary Lilly will share their perspectives and experiences in dealing with the multiple issues that contribute to the complexity of managing and assuring cybersecurity in a K-12 learning environment. They will examine the liability concerns when schools experience network security incidents and the impact those events can have on a district’s professional reputation and on teaching and learning. They will also review the legal requirements that school leaders need to know and how those rules change over time, and the impact of any kind of breach on student digital records.

Each of the superintendents will share their own stories about how they have worked with their districts and other groups to map out plans for cybersecurity and the impact that a security breach can have. This edWebinar is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Steve BradshawAbout the Presenters

Steve Bradshaw, Superintendent at Columbia Falls School District 6, in Montana, started teaching in Hardin, Montana in 1976. He taught speech and psychology before starting his administrative career. Steve has been an assistant high school principal for six years, a high school principal for 16 years, and is in his 17th year as a superintendent. Including Hardin, Steve has worked in five school districts: Annette Island School District in Metlakatla, Alaska; Red Lodge School District in Red Lodge, Montana; Sitka School District in Sitka, Alaska; and his current district.


Juan CabreraJuan E. Cabrera was named Superintendent at El Paso Independent School District in Texas in 2013. Prior to EPISD, Juan served as a school law attorney. He is a former teacher but spent 20 years away from the classroom working as a technology attorney and software executive. Juan graduated from Texas A&I University and the University of Texas School of Law. He has also completed programs at the London School of Business and the Harvard Negotiation Project. Additionally, he has completed the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy. Juan was selected as 2015 Texas Latino Superintendent and was one of 100 Superintendents to participate in the National ConnectED Superintendents Summit at the White House. Under his leadership, EPISD was one of only 80 districts to join the League of Innovative Schools and one of 10 districts to join the CASEL network. EPISD was also selected as one of eight Texas districts to join TEA’s System of Great Schools.

Gary LillyDr. Gary Lilly, Superintendent at Bristol Tennessee City Schools in Tennessee since 2009, has been an educator for 24 years. He began his career with Bristol Tennessee City Schools as a middle school teacher. Prior to becoming superintendent, Dr. Lilly held a variety of roles with the district, including Curriculum Specialist, Director of Technology, and Principal. Under his leadership, Bristol Tennessee City Schools has embraced personalized learning through an effort that includes providing laptops for students to use at school and at home. In 2015, Dr. Lilly was recognized as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Excellence. In 2016, the district’s only middle school was identified as one of three exemplar programs in the state of Tennessee by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Bristol Tennessee City Schools was also named a #GoOpen Ambassador District by the U.S. Department of Education for their work developing and using open educational resources.

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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