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A4L Quarterly Newsletter, September 2022

I love taking inventory on how people view this yearly life benchmark.  One of my sons in K12 was so ready to go back and stop his summer job while the other wanted his summer and work to go on forever.  I don’t even need to tell you how my teaching wife was not ready to go back yet!  Being virtual, it means more productive work for me.

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A Worldwide Community of Vendors and Schools Reducing EdTech Breaches

The recent data breach from Illuminate Education impacting millions of students has accelerated the conversation around information security for our most vulnerable citizens. While there are many mechanisms for marketplace providers to prove their adherence to general “best practices”, security adherence has been more complicated than ever for companies and for the limited resources of school personnel who serve as student data stewards. 

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Announcement to Membership: SDPC Elections 2022

The Consortium has had phenomenal leadership over the past few years. The leadership, guidance and overall dedication to the Consortium prove critical to our collective successes, but now it is your chance to get involved and nominate yourself, or a colleague, to be part of this great leadership team!

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A4L Community response to Federal Register Request for Information on Advancing Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs)

Data access today is critical as major decisions on policy development, funding, program impact, and an array of other “data driven, time sensitive decisions”. This is all dependent on having access to the right data at the right time. Layer on top of this is the need for control by the appropriate data stewards in the sectors the data is held within – privacy and security layers!

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The SDPC applauds the work in the MA House in H. 127

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) applauds the work in the MA House in H. 127 which will assist with compliance as well as strengthen the privacy protections for learners.  The SDPC Management Board has released an official support letter for this great work on data stewardship.

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We have an API for that…

This is what more and more marketplace providers are promoting for ‘ease of use’ of their products.  In contrast, more and more school CIO-types are stating that the bevy of APIs they must utilize (plus the constant changes made to them), have become a data management nightmare.  Since the A4L Community supports vendors and end users, it makes sense for us to look for ways to standardize and simplify.  The idea: standardize an infrastructure for data transport that can carry any data model ‘on the wire’.

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A4L Quarterly Newsletter, May 2022

It sounds logical and of course critical for successful data stewardship for all learners. However, you can probably count numerous times when a mantra is just lip service OR something you can relate to “vaporware” in software! The A4L Community leadership and staff have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to make this tag real, tactical and supported by on the ground successful use cases. This Community is delivering big time on interoperability AND privacy!

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