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Cybersecurity: School Leadership Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks

Monday, October 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Cybersecurity: School Leadership Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks

Presented by Mr. Matthew J. Miller, Superintendent, Lakota Local Schools (OH); Dr. Michelle Reid, Superintendent, Northshore School District (WA); and Dr. Hank Thiele, Superintendent, Community High School District 99 (IL)
Moderated by Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) EmpowerED Superintendent Initiative

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This edWebinar series is co-hosted by CoSN, AASA, and

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Cybersecurity is not a new phenomenon, but over the last year the vulnerability of school districts to cyberattacks has grown exponentially. The rapid acceleration of the use of technology during the pandemic brought many new technology opportunities to K-12 education. However, along with progress came serious challenges. One of the most alarming trends has been the rise in cyberattacks on school district networks. The result is not only disruptions in teaching and learning and school operations, but also damaging exposure of school personnel data and student data.

Today, more than ever, school district leaders must know how to take appropriate actions to be sufficiently aggressive in getting ahead of cybersecurity threats and also know how to respond when their school network systems are impacted by a cyberattack.

In this recorded edWebinar, three school district superintendents share their knowledge and experiences in leading cybersecurity awareness in their school systems. Strategies for preventing cyberattacks and recommendations for responding effectively when they do occur are reviewed.

This recorded edWebinar is of particular value to superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring school leaders.


Matthew MillerAbout the Presenters

Matthew Miller is Superintendent of Lakota Local Schools. He has spent the last 27 years serving Ohio communities as an educator in the roles of Superintendent (16), Director of Student Services and Instruction (1), Principal (5), and Teacher (5). Matt is actively involved in Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools. He was selected as one of 100 superintendents nationwide to attend and present at the #FutureReady National ConnectED Superintendents Summit at the White House. Matt is transforming Lakota through the use of open educational resources and balanced learning, along with emphasizing student and teacher voice through innovation. He completed his undergraduate coursework and master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati and was selected for Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents. Matt is grateful for his supportive family—son Mason, an aerospace engineer in Florida, and daughter Jessica, an elementary teacher in northern Cincinnati.

Michelle Reid

Dr. Michelle Reid is now serving in her 42nd year in K-12 education. She was named Superintendent of the Northshore School District in June 2016 and is former Superintendent of the South Kitsap School District. She has also served as a leadership facilitator at the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership and the Harvard Institute for School Leadership. Dr. Reid received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Washington. In November 2020, Dr. Reid was named 2021 State Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators. In February, she was named AASA’s 2021 National Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Reid was recognized for demonstrating the highest professional standards when it comes to leading a school district and working to build a lasting future for students and for exemplifying the important work of all superintendents to create positive pathways for students in these extraordinary times.

Hank Thiele

Dr. Hank Thiele is the superintendent for Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove, Illinois where he serves 5,000 high school students and 700 staff members in a district that has been recognized as one of the first to close the homework gap by providing computing resources and internet access to all students. In 2007, he was the first educational leader to bring Google for Education into a K-12 school setting. He leads by sharing resources and strategies related to effectively utilizing collaborative leadership through the use of cloud technology, transparent communication, and professional networking and has modeled these strategies while serving as a leader for many professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. His doctoral research was some of the first that investigated the internet’s impact on communication, learning, and efficacy in the classroom. His favorite work comes from being a dad of two amazing kids.

Ann McMullanAbout the Host

Ann McMullan is Project Director for CoSN’s EmpowerED Superintendents Initiative. Ann served as Executive Director for Educational Technology in Klein ISD 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 educators serving 50,000 students. She was co-chair of the Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology.

Today, Ann works as a public speaker, writer, and consultant focused on leadership to meet the needs of today’s students. Ann serves on the Advisory Board, ClassLink’s Senior Advisors Group, and is a founding member of ERDI’s Ed Leadership Council. She also volunteers as a leadership consultant with Executive Service Corps of Southern California, serving non-profit associations. Ann is co-author of Life Lessons in Leadership, available on

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AASAAASA is the premier association for school system leaders and serves as the national voice for public education and district leadership on Capitol Hill.

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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