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Edtech Advocacy &
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Privacy Role Models in the Classroom

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Wednesday, June 26, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: Room 124

Linnette Attai  
Educators play a critical role in ensuring that the technology they bring into the classroom adequately protects student data. Learn how to make savvy decisions about data privacy, and how CoSN’s Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) program can empower educators to be privacy role models and build trusted partnerships with parents.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Allocate time, resources and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.
For Educators:
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is focused on the critical role that educators have to play in selecting and managing classroom technologies that provide appropriate protections for student data, and modeling behavior in the classroom that teaches students about making thoughtful decisions about data privacy. Using the requirements of the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment program as a guide, the session will provide school system leadership with a framework for educating and empowering teachers about data privacy decisions. The session will focus on what teachers need to know about data privacy when selecting classroom technologies, how to model smart privacy behavior in the classroom and how to communicate effectively with parents about data privacy. Participants will come away with an assessment of the classroom practices related to protecting student data privacy in their school system, a roadmap of concrete steps they can take to improve, and exemplars of successful partnerships between educators and technology teams.


15 minutes: Presentation on student data privacy fundamentals for teachers.

20 minutes: Introduction of the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment Program and the frameworks around professional development and classroom practices; audience members complete a self-assessment activity focused on the privacy professional development they provide, the ways in which teachers demonstrate good data privacy practices in the classroom and how empowered teachers are to discuss student data privacy protections with parents.

10 minutes: Privacy professional development demonstration. A look at different ways that districts have engaged educators in student data privacy training. What's worked, what hasn't, and how to provide effective training on a budget.

15 minutes: Q&A with TLE Seal recipient and audience on how to build a more effective partnership between technology teams and teachers on selecting classroom technologies that appropriately protect student data privacy.

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Linnette Attai, CoSN

Linnette Attai is Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program. As founder of the global compliance consulting firm PlayWell, LLC, Linnette advises companies, educators, lawmakers, and policy influencers on the complex obligations governing data privacy, user safety and marketing. She serves as 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 the books, “Student Data Privacy: Building a School Compliance Program” and the forthcoming, “Teacher’s Guide to Student Data Privacy.”

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