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Training Module: COVID-19 and Student Privacy

Link to the Thinkific training course on “COVID-19 and Student Privacy: Do’s and Dont’s for State and Local Practitioners.”

Practitioner training plays a vital role in ensuring that schools, local and state education agencies, and other education organizations use data and technology responsibly. CDT provides a suite of training modules that cover key principles of student privacy protection, cybersecurity, digital equity, and related issues. Here’s our full catalog of training modules.

New educational technologies, tools, and workflows fill an essential role in allowing schools to continue to serve their student populations amidst COVID-19. However, they also raise a novel set of privacy issues that warrant careful attention from state and local practitioners. CDT’s Student Privacy team has prepared training materials designed to equip state and local education practitioners to incorporate student privacy protections into their COVID-19 response.

These materials cover key issues including:

  • Legal requirements surrounding student privacy and data protection;
  • Technical best practices for implementing new technologies and workflows;
  • Governance strategies that ensure administrative decisions are sensitive to student privacy issues;
  • Further resources on addressing student privacy issues in the context of COVID-19.

The training is available in an interactive online training module*, which features downloadable slides, narrated audio recordings, review quizzes to test comprehension, and additional resources. The training material is also available as a standalone video, a question-answer worksheet for review, and a copy of the slides in downloadable format.

In light of today’s turbulent educational context, an understanding of these privacy protection principles will ensure that education technology is used effectively and responsibly during the coronavirus pandemic.

*Note: The interactive training module is hosted by Thinkific, and is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. Users of Internet Explorer or other browsers can access the same material through our video and slides content, included below.