The Blue Print for Student Data Security and Privacy

Presented by the US Department of Education-Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Title: FERPA 101
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: MR202A

Description: Do you have questions about student privacy? Need help understanding what your responsibilities are?  Well, we’re here to help!  Join the U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for an introductory presentation on the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the principal federal law protecting students’ privacy.  This presentation will introduce you to the fundamentals of FERPA, and provide depth and clarity on its application to the 21st century school and classroom!  This session is intended as an introduction to the law and seeks to balance providing the legal background of the statute with real-world scenarios to which this law applies.

Title: FERPA 201 - So you think you know FERPA?!
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: MR202A
Think you know everything there is to know about the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?  The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is issuing a challenge to all attendees to come put their knowledge to the test!  In this session, we will explore complex and varied real-world scenarios that concern student privacy and ask you, the audience, to help us work through them. This session provides an excellent forum for discussion of complex issues regarding FERPA and a great space to have your questions answered.  Do you think you have what it takes?  To that we say, “It depends!”

Title: Disclosure Avoidance Best Practices
Time: 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Location: MR202A
Are you interested in reducing the risk of re-identification when publishing reports with student data?  Join the U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center in a discussion of disclosure avoidance best practices and methodology.  Come and learn about various techniques and methods used to protect data and what the word “perturbation” actually means! This session aims to promote understanding of disclosure avoidance methodology and gives participants a chance to have their questions answered.


NOVEMBER 7, 2019

Title: Vetting Online Educational Services
Time: 8:30-10:15 am
Location: MR202A
Online educational applications and services are becoming an increasingly important part of what teachers and schools use to educate our children.  But, have you ever stopped to think about the privacy implications of using always-on, always-connected applications and technology in the classroom?  The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) presents a discussion of how the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies in the context of education technology, and provides a roadmap to understanding how to protect student privacy in the digital context.  PTAC aims, with this session, to give the audience the tools and knowledge necessary to properly evaluate these apps for privacy protections and learn how to identify applications which may not put student privacy at the forefront.

Title: Data Security Best Practices
Time: 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Location: MR202A
: If your school has decided to provide every student with his or her own device, or you have computers for every student in every classroom, congratulations!  The possibilities of teaching and learning are now limitless with the power this technological integration brings! But, a sinister dark-side lurks in the depths of the internet.  Do you know how to protect yourself and your students from hackers and cyber attacks?  The US. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center will provide an extensive overview of the more common cyber and social engineering threats and provides best practices on how best to protect your students’ data from being compromised.

Title: Data Breach Response Training
Time: 1:45-3:30 pm
Location: MR202A
  An interactive role-based simulation of a K-12 district-level data breach, focusing on the processes, procedures, and skills needed to respond. This can be customized to other levels / organizations. This session will cover current plans for data breach response, response plan revisions, incorporate lessons learned, and best practices.

NOVEMBER 8, 2019

Title: South Carolina Department of Education - State Agency Day
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: MR202C
  The US Department of Education representatives will provide updates from the national level.