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BUILDING A TRUSTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WITH COSN: OHIO STATE COHORT

Bill Fritz, CoSN Ohio Chapter President and Executive Director of Learn 21 along with Char Shryock, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Bay Village City Schools share their insights on how the Ohio TLE Cohort was formed and the ways the group is working together as members prepare to earn the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal. How did this group of very different school districts from across the State of Ohio first come together to form a TLE cohort?  Tell us a little bit about your membership. Bill Fritz included an informal session for anyone interested in finding out more ...
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TLE SPOTLIGHT: ROUND ROCK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Dennis Telas, PEIMS Manager for Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal recipient Round Rock ISD shares his insights about why the Texas district decided to participate in the TLE program. His advice for those thinking about participating in the TLE program? “Just get started!” 1. Why did you decide to apply for the TLE Seal? We decided to apply for the TLE seal because we felt that, as a data-driven district with many interfaces occurring with different software vendors, we had no accountability for vendors or users on providing student data to these software applications. We felt the community expected us ...
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TLE SPOTLIGHT: ZIONSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

We sat down with Dan Layton, Chief Technologist from Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal recipient Zionsville Community Schools to learn more about their decision to participate in the TLE program. 1. Why did you decide to apply for the TLE Seal? First and foremost, it is absolutely the right thing to do for the protection of students’ futures. I fully accept that big data can help create much needed, innovative solutions to issues surrounding education, but it also creates a cascade of privacy issues that we cannot be willingly ignorant to for the sake of staff, parents, and students. I ...
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PRESS YOUR LUCK – NO WHAMMY, NO WHAMMY: HOW A GAME SHOW FROM THE 80’S GOT OUR DISTRICT MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR DATA PRIVACY AND PROTECTION

If you read the title above and your mind instantly wanders to the corny animation of Whammy and Sammy stealing all the money from contestants on what was the most technically advanced game show in 1983, your mind works like mine and you are probably wondering what a game show has to do with creating a Trusted Learning Environment(TLE). Like many of you reading this post, I knew my district was taking several steps to ensure we protected the information we had collected. We only collected what we needed, we had a robust firewall, we had hired a good network ...
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SCHOOL SYSTEM LEADERSHIP AND THE TRUSTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

As school system leaders, one of the most important responsibilities we have is to ensure that our students remain safe while in our care. That means not just protecting their physical safety, but also the information that we maintain about them. While there are laws at the federal and state levels that inform legal requirements to protect the privacy and security of student data, creating a successful compliance program and building trust within our communities about how we operate means going beyond the laws. It requires executing on a thoughtful, comprehensive data privacy and security program that engages all of ...
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