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A4L Community Newsletter, June 2024

Although the A4L Community has gone through a lot of changes over the last year, there is a great deal of positive momentum. We have many new members stepping up to leadership positions, our overall membership continues to grow and the Association Board has adopted new strategic goals, actions and targets that will drive our work for the year to come. 

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A4L Community Announces Major Milestones

Last week the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community held its Annual Summit in Arlington VA, in collaboration with the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) and HR Open Standards Consortium. The joint Summit demonstrated the standards body’s vision to collaborate and work together with other standards groups, towards the ultimate goal of improving interoperability, privacy and security for lifelong learning.

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A4L Community announces International and North American Leadership for 2024

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community is proud to announce the International Technical & Privacy Leadership Group ‘At-Large’ and North American Leadership Group for 2024. The Leadership Groups bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in education, data management, privacy, security, and business acumen. The Leadership Groups will oversee management of the SIF Specification and the Student Data Privacy Consortium as well as contribute to the development of strategies for the global Community, with the North American Leadership Group also guiding development of the A4L Community in North America.

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Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) announce the release of the National Data Privacy Agreement, version 2

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a special interest
group of the non-profit Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, is proud to announce the release of the
National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA), version 2, which has been further developed to streamline
application contracting and set common expectations between schools/districts and marketplace
providers.

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2024 Elections: Voting now open!

The Community has had phenomenal leadership over the past few years. The leadership, guidance and overall dedication to the Community prove critical to our collective successes, but now it is your chance to get involved and choose the next candidates to be part of this great leadership team! 

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A4L Quarterly Newsletter, March 2024

It has been a very exciting and fulfilling first month as full time Executive Director. There is so much positive energy and engaged members it is difficult not to get excited!

There are great new developments both in the SDPC and with SIF. In SDPC work has begun on developing the Registry 2.0! This is a very large project and many of you will be engaged throughout the process. In the end we will be delivering a much more robust and user friendly Resource Registry. Much more to come on this in the near future.

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2024 Elections: Announcement to Membership

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community has continued to have phenomenal leadership over the past year. The leadership, guidance and overall dedication to the Community prove critical to our collective successes… it is hard to believe that it is time for elections again!  Nominations for the International Technical & Privacy Leadership Group and North American Leadership Group will be available from March 6-28, 2024 (inclusive).

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A4L Quarterly Newsletter, December 2023

To say it has been an eventful year at A4L in 2023 would be an understatement. This year, we experienced one of the most significant years in the history of the organization. Despite the turmoil that happens with change, the A4L Community has emerged as an even stronger force for interoperability and privacy in education.

All of this has been possible because of you. Over the course of this year, we have been heartened to see the outpouring of support amongst our membership, with the strongest engagement we have seen in our years working with this organization.

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SIF Data Model Specification (Australia) 3.6.1 Release Highlights Enhanced OpenAPI Integration

Following the success of the May release, The A4L Community Australian Data Standards Working Group is proud to announce the launch of the SIF Data Model Specification (Australia) 3.6.1. This release builds on the foundation laid in May, where critical steps were taken to affirm individuals’ identities within the education technology landscape. Now, with version 3.6.1, the Specification continues its commitment to advancing standards and interoperability, with a particular focus on the enhancement of the OpenAPI presentation.

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A4L Community announce Executive Director appointment 

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community is excited to announce the appointment of Steve Smith as their new Executive Director. Mr. Smith brings a wealth of interoperability and privacy leadership expertise to the A4L Community, both as a leader of district and state-level technology projects, and as the Founder of the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC).

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