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So You Think You Know FERPA?

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: 112AB

Sean Cottrell   Eric Gray   Ross Lemke  
This session explores complex and varied real-world scenarios that concern student privacy and asks you, the audience, to work through them. This provides an excellent forum for discussion of complex issues regarding FERPA and a great space to have questions answered. This is an interactive lecture which requires participation.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Technology infrastructure
Topic: Safety, security and student data privacy
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The objective of this presentation is to challenge participants knowledge of FERPA by exploration of concepts and questions related to the law. The questions are intended to explore the more complex side of the law and allow participants to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to understanding FERPA. The expected outcome is that participants will leave the session not only having learned more about student privacy laws, but also be better informed on what questions to ask in the future.


The presentation is constructed as a Q&A type activity. Questions are asked by the presenters, and the audience is prompted to provide answers. After each question, an important concept of FERPA is explained in more detail. The lecture is presented as a single session and will take the entire allotted time, with some time set aside for questions at the end.

Supporting research

https://studentprivacy.ed.gov is the US Department of Education's definitive source on student privacy.

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Sean Cottrell, U.S. Dept. of Ed. PTAC
Eric Gray, Privacy Technical Assistance Center
Ross Lemke, Privacy Technical Assistance Center

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