Trusted Learning Environment

The Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal is a mark of distinction for school systems, signaling that they have taken measurable steps to implement practices to help ensure the privacy of student data. Learn more about the inaugural set of schools to earn the TLE Seal.

Applications for the second cohort will be accepted from November 15, 2016 – February 15, 2017

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Why is TLE Important

Data show that a large majority of parents are concerned about the privacy and security of their students and student data. Earning the TLE Seal indicates that a school system has taken measurable steps to implement strong practices to ensure the privacy of student data.

About the Seal

The TLE Seal

The seal will signify that a school has broadly and deeply implemented strong, measurable and publicly available practices to ensure the privacy of student data.

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Who is Eligible?

The TLE Seal is open to all K-12 schools. By “school” we are referring to school organizations of all governance structures, including public school districts, private schools, parochial schools, charter schools, etc.

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Schools should not just say they are committed to securing a 21st century learning environment. They need to take the steps to do it, and these schools have demonstrated that they’re doing the work.

Linnette Attai, CoSN Project Director, TLE Seal, and President, PlayWell, LLC

The Butler County School System has taken great strides over the past year to educate our employees and our community on the importance of data security. It is an honor to be recognized by CoSN for our efforts, and we will be proud to display the Trusted Learning Environment Seal.

Cindy Wilson, Data Manager, Butler County School System

Cambridge Public Schools has strived for many years to protect the privacy of our students. We are honored to be recognized by CoSN for our diligent work in this area. We are also proud to display the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment Seal as evidence that we have created an environment that balances both classroom innovation and student privacy.

Steve Smith, Chief Information Officer, Cambridge Public Schools

Fulton County Schools is pleased to be named among the nation’s top leaders in student privacy and security. Our parents entrust their children’s information to us daily, and we take our charge seriously to be responsible stewards of that data.

Serena E. Sacks, Chief Information Officer, Fulton County Schools

We are so excited about achieving this distinction. Earning the TLE Seal provides evidence to our school community that the district is committed to protecting student and staff data privacy and security. The application process was incredibly valuable for us, and we are still using the TLE framework to guide us as we continue to work toward improving our practices. Data privacy is a critical issue, and we greatly appreciate the work that CoSN has done to offer guidance and leadership in this area.

Bryon Kolbeck, Executive Director of Technical and Information Services, Lewisville Independent School District

In Miami-Dade County Public Schools, prioritizing security to safeguard our students, their information, and our systems has always been of paramount importance. We strive to keep our finger on the pulse of the threat landscape to continually refine our approach and to strengthen security protocols.

Deborah Karcher, Chief Information Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

As a school district, we are trusted with the safety and security of our students. This does not stop at just physical safety; we must also take measures to ensure the security and privacy of our student’s data. Raytown Quality Schools has made data privacy a priority through our policies and practices, which are evident in our Data Governance Manual. It is an honor to be a part of the first cohort recognized for this effort.

Dr. Allan Markley, Superintendent, Raytown Quality Schools

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