Expired: FPF Student Privacy K12 2023-24 Train the Trainer Application

Expired: FPF Student Privacy K12 2023-24 Train the Trainer Application

FPF K12 Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer 2023-2024 Program


Since 2013, over 130 new student privacy laws have passed in 42 states, with more bills and regulations being rolled out each year.

This massive shift in the legal landscape makes it hard for attorneys serving schools and districts to stay up-to-date to meet their clients’ needs. This isn’t only a legal problem: as technology changes and the amount of information schools collect and maintain increases, conveying best practices to schools that adequately protect student privacy is extremely challenging. 

The Future of Privacy Forum, a nonprofit focused on privacy, created a Train-the-Trainer program in 2020 to help school attorneys and other key stakeholders become student privacy experts who can help their clients and train their peers on this changing legal landscape.

Whether you are new to the student privacy world or an experienced practitioner, the free 9-month FPF Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program will provide the knowledge and skills to make you a student privacy expert while connecting you with a peer network and student privacy experts from across the country.

Participants should have a strong interest in student privacy and the willingness to conduct student privacy training at their institutions or relevant conferences. They should also be able to dedicate on average six hours per month for the program’s virtual webinars (90 minutes) and asynchronous activities (4-5 hours). 

The course will meet via Zoom on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:30 ET  from October 2023 to June 2024. To participate, you must have a Zoom account and a Google account able to use Google Classroom and Google Drive

To apply please click the “apply to the program” link below or visit https://studentprivacycompass.org/ttt-k12-application23/. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than September 29th. We review each application to try to get a balance of participants across district size, states, and backgrounds (instruction, technology, legal) that will be in a position to take what they learn and implement it at their district or state agency.

Course Schedule

October 11th, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST  – Introduction to Student Privacy

November 9th, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST  – Protecting Student Privacy

This module will provide an overview of federal student privacy laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). We will compare and contrast the purpose, target audience, and enforcement mechanisms of each law and explore how the laws impact the day-to-day work of educational institutions.

December 14nd, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST – Protecting Student Privacy

This module will cover important categories of data and sharing of data. We will compare and contrast direct and indirect identifiers, sensitive and non-sensitive data, identifiable and de-identified data, and individual-level and aggregate data. Participants will develop communications for their stakeholders to explain the types of data, their uses, and the necessary protections.

January 11th, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST – Sharing Data and Managing Third Parties

This module will cover the use of edtech tools. We will also explore existing resources to assist with evaluation of tools and methods for helping educators in their selection of edtech tools. Participants will develop guidance for teachers when adopting and using edtech tools to add to their portfolio. This module will focus on the school official exception and data sharing agreements. We will discuss how to evaluate edtech tools for compliance with federal laws and best practices. We will also evaluate best practices in drafting data sharing agreements, determine what data sharing elements are required, and what data sharing elements are recommended. Participants will develop template data sharing agreements and add them to their portfolio.

February 8th, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST – Establishing Data Governance

This module will draw the connection between privacy and data governance. We will review data governance elements and explore model policies and practices. Participants will build out their action plan leveraging these exemplars.

March 14th, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST – Sharing Data with Researchers and law Enforcement

April 11th 2:00PM-3:30PM EST  – Safeguarding Data Security (Part 1)

This module will cover both physical and logical data security at a high level. We will provide an overview of actual and potential risks of data security compromises and review best practices as well as possible policies and procedures to protect student data. Participants will build elements into their action plan and portfolio that address data security.

May 9th, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST – Safeguarding Data Security (Part 2)

Transparency is critical to building trust. This module will discuss what transparency looks like, explore the benefits of transparency, and review model strategies for building transparency and trust with stakeholders. Participants will evaluate the level of need for transparency in their environment and will build out specific steps to address transparency in their action plan.

June 12th – 2:00PM-3:30PM EST Closing Workshop and Student Action Plan Presentations

Attendance: Participants are required to be present during the opening and closing workshops in October and June.  Participants unable to attend the virtual webinars must complete the makeup activities; however, participants cannot complete makeup activities if they miss more than 35% of the trainings. Please talk to us if you have a special situation that requires accommodations.

Activities: Participants will be asked to complete both individual activities and group activities each month. We estimate the activities will take no more than four hours per month. Participants are required to complete approximately 80% of the activities.

Action Plan: As a final project, participants will complete a detailed action plan to provide student privacy support and trainings in their sphere of influence. The action plan will include a portfolio of resources, both created as part of the program and by the participant, that they will be able to leverage for trainings. 

Trainings/Presentations: Participants will put into action what they have learned through the program to become an active voice in communicating about the importance of protecting student privacy. Recognizing the diverse audiences participants have access to, they may choose to present at conferences, train staff, train SEAs/LEAs, and/or engage in other means of formal communication to share their student privacy expertise. 

Jim Siegl, is a Senior Technologist with the Youth & Education Privacy team. For nearly two decades prior to joining FPF, Jim was a Technology Architect for the Fairfax County Public School District with a focus on privacy, security, identity management, interoperability, and learning management systems. He was a co-author of the CoSN Privacy Toolkit and the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) seal program and holds a Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia.

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