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Cyber Security: Concerns, Strategies and Solutions for Schools

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Cyber Security: Concerns, Strategies and Solutions for Schools

Presented by Dr. Peter Aiken, Superintendent, Manheim Central School District, PA; Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Superintendent of Schools, North Shore School District 112, IL; and Dr. Donna Wright, Director of Schools, Wilson County Schools, TN

Program Host and Moderator: Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN Empowered Superintendents Initiative

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With the increasing concerns about security among individuals, families, districts and legislators, and with increased teacher and student reliance on internet accessibility, school cyber security is subject to more scrutiny and questions than ever. It is now more critical than ever that school district leaders know how to take appropriate actions to be sufficiently aggressive in getting ahead of cybersecurity threats and problems.

In this edWebinar, three superintendents share their perspectives and experiences in dealing with the multiple issues that contribute to the complexity of managing and assuring cyber security in a K-12 learning environment. They 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. The legal requirements that school leaders need to know and how those rules change over time will also be reviewed. The impact of any kind of breach on student digital records is also explored.

Each of the superintendents share their own stories about how they have worked with their districts and other groups to map out plans for cyber security and the impact that a security breach can have.

This recorded edWebinar will be of particular value to school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Peter AikenAbout the Presenters

Dr. Peter Aiken is currently the superintendent of Manheim Central School District. He is passionate about preparing students for a world that gets crazier by the day. Dr. Aiken began his teaching career in Norfolk, VA as a reading teacher. He returned to Pittsburgh as a high school english teacher. On his way to becoming a superintendent of schools, he has served and garnered tremendous leadership lessons as an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Aiken’s core leadership tenet is everything rises and falls on relationships. Originally from Oakmont, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Dr. Aiken now resides in Lancaster, PA, with his wife and three kids. He is an avid reader; often found running and ruminating after a great read. You are invited to connect with him on Twitter and share your favorite leadership book at @pj_aiken. You can also read his leadership blog at


Dr. Mike Lubelfeld currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, and Highwood, IL. He earned his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago, where his published dissertation was on effective instruction in middle school social studies. He is also on the adjunct faculty at National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Lubelfeld can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld, and he co-moderates #suptchat, the monthly superintendent educational chat on Twitter. He co-authored the 2017 Rowman & Littlefield book The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today and the 2018 Rowman & Littlefield book Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable. Dr. Lubelfeld has been married to his wife Stephanie for the past 15 years and they have two children.


Dr. Donna Wright began serving as Director of Schools for Wilson County Schools in 2014. Wilson County Schools is a rapidly growing school district of 19,000 students located outside of Nashville, TN. In the last several years district-wide academic performance has significantly improved; the district is undergoing the largest school building program in the history of the county; a concentrated emphasis on early literacy instruction is a focal point, and college and career readiness is a hallmark in middle and high schools. She has worked in public school education, K-12 and Higher Ed, for nearly forty years. The Center for Digital Education and The National School Board Association recognized Wilson County Schools for its innovative use of technology.

Dr. Wright holds a Doctorate in Leadership Studies from the University of Tennessee, has earned several awards, including the Women of Achievement Award and the UT Educators Hall of Honor Award. In September of this year (2019), Dr. Donna Wright was named the 2020 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.


About 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, November 11, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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