Game On: Steps to Take Now to Protect Student Data Privacy


Speakers: Steve Young, Sheryl R. Abshire


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It happens with alarming regularity:  Big retailers, banks, insurers and even government agencies reporting major data breaches. Could this ever happen to you?  Could your school or district suddenly become the victim of student data theft?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. As educators become more sophisticated and heavier users of technology, opportunities abound for theft of private student data. You become a potential target for unauthorized data sharing of confidential information every time a teacher downloads a new education app.

With recent landmark legislation in California (Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) and President Obama’s vow to enact new federal legislation,  protecting student data privacy is a hot topic under intense lawmaker scrutiny. Every school administrator, whether in the United States, Canada or internationally, needs to pay attention to this growing threat now.

Join school data experts Steve Young and Sheryl R. Abshire for a 2-hour webinar that will quickly bring you up to speed on what you need to do right away to protect yourself and your students.  Learn about the legal issues and threats around private student data and how to prepare for rapidly evolving requirements. Find out why you need every staff member to share in the responsibility to keep student data safe!

Webinar Topics:

  • Current laws protecting student data [Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)] and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); what to expect in the future as lawmakers work to strengthen protection
  • Why student data privacy is becoming increasingly vulnerable and why you need to become extra vigilant about protecting it
  • How to put in place sound policies for your organization.
  • Simple checklist of steps to help you plan  a strategy for protecting student data
  • How to involve every person in your organization in defending student privacy
  • Resources and organizations to keep up-to-date on privacy and ahead of new requirements
  • Questions you must ask every cloud provider about how they treat student data


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About the Speakers

Steve Young

Steve Young has been the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Judson ISD in San Antonio, Texas since 2006. In that role, he oversees network operations, server hardware, desktop hardware, data services, application support, programming, help desk support, telecommunications, radio, and the Texas state data-reporting system known as PEIMS.

Steve founded the San Antonio Area Technology Directors group, which serves as an informal community of technology leaders for sharing project ideas, concerns, and solutions to common problems. In 2011-2012, Steve was selected as the Chair of the Texas K-12 CTO Council, the first state chapter of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), which serves as the premier professional association for school district technology leaders.Currently, Steve is working with CoSN on its privacy initiative.  He also serves as an advisor to SchoolCIO and Technology & Learning magazine.

In 2013, under Steve’s leadership, Judson ISD was awarded a coveted Digital Education Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education for its Judson ISD Connect mobile app.  HP and Intel also featured Steve in their Profiles in Leadership series in 2013 and he was the recipient of the Texas K-12 CTO Council Grace Hopper CTO of the Year Award for the state in 2014.

Steve earned his Masters in Teaching and Bachelors in Economics from Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas.



Sheryl R. Abshire

Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer of Calcasieu Parish School System in Lake Charles, LA and a nationally recognized consultant and speaker, is a leader in technology integration across the school curriculum.

A veteran educator, Sheryl has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, assistant professor at Lamar University, and as an adjunct professor at McNeese State University & Louisiana Tech University.

In 2010 she was appointed by the FCC to the United Service Administrative Company board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE matters. In May 2009, the International Society for Technology in Education awarded Dr. Abshire the first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award for her work promoting educational technology. Sheryl is on the ISTE Standards and Accreditation Committee and serves on numerous national, state, and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum integration in changing educational practice.

Sheryl’s honors and awards include: 1991 NEA/NFIE Christa McAuliffe Fellow, 1990 Louisiana Technology Teacher of the Year; 1992 National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee; 1998 Louisiana Computer Using Educator of the Year; 1999 McNeese State University Distinguished Alumnus; 2002 National Christa McAuliffe Award winner; and the 2008 University of New Orleans Outstanding Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership.




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