Presentation Archive


APRIL 25-27, 2022

Interoperability & Privacy Symposium

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2022

Welcome / Introductions: The State of the Community

Presented by: Larry Fruth, A4L Community

Privacy and Interoperability Landscape

Presented by: Amelia Vance, Public Interest Privacy Consulting

What Does “Connecting and Securing for Effective Learning Ecosystems” REALLY Mean?

Presented by: Steve Smith, Cambridge Public Schools; Ben Silberglitt, CedarLabs

PTAC Supporting YOUR Data Privacy Work

Presented by: Ross Lemke, PTAC

Unity Grade Pass Back

Presented by: Steve Setzer, Loop Data; John Lovell, A4L Community

How to Navigate the Shifting Student Data Privacy Landscape

Presented by: Mohit Gupta, Clever; Cody Venzke, Center for Democracy & Technology; Jim Siegl, Future of Privacy Forum

Panel Discussion

Moving from High School to University in Iowa

Presented by: Jay Pennington, Iowa Department of Education


The MA Data Hub: An SEA and LEAs working together to promote student data privacy

Presented by: Steve Smith & Eric Levy, Cambridge Public Schools; Ben Silberglitt, CedarLabs

Safer Technologies 4 Schools (ST4S) – Addressing Security and Privacy

Presented by: Anthony Yaremenko, NSIP

Now To Move The Market on Security – ST4S and GESS

Presented by: Anthony Yaremenko, NSIP; Steve Smith, Cambridge Public Schools

The Exchange Mechanics of the Privacy Obligation Document (POD)

Presented by: Mike Reynolds, CedarLabs; Eric Levy & Lisa Waters, Cambridge Public Schools; John Lovell, A4L Community

How to Ensure Data Privacy and Security in Schools Protecting Student Data and Privacy

Presented by: George Perreault, Classlink; Dr. Tina Barrios, Polk County

The Case for Interoperability – How Community Responsiveness is Shaping the Future: Part 1

Presented by: Anthony Yaremenko, NSIP

Are You Using the Full Power of the Resource Registry? You Need To!

Presented by: Lisa Waters, Cambridge Public Schools; Penny Murray, A4L Community

The Case for Unity – How Community Responsiveness is Shaping the Future: Part 2

Presented by: John Lovell, A4L Community; Alex Jackl, Bardic Systems; Ben Silberglitt, CedarLabs; John Paul, Wyoming Department of Education


Recap Of Day 2 / Community Update

Presented by: Penny Murray, A4L Community

The Linking of CEDS to A4L’s Unity – Steps along the way

Presented by: Jim Campbell, AEM; Ross Santy, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); Alex Jackl, Bardic Systems

Making the case for Cybersecurity Awareness Training in K-12

Presented by: Timothy Tillman, Chesterfield County Schools

Technical Quality Control – The Maturation of Certification

Presented by: Jeff Simons, WSIPC; John Lovell, A4L Community

Alliances Effective Practice Sharing

Alliance Panel: Cynthia Tougas, TEC; Tom Ingram, Escambia County SD; Joshua Olstad, Oyster River Cooperative SD; Jay Pennington, Iowa Dept of Education; Chris Wherley, LTC

Panel Discussion

Back to the Future

Presented by: Mike Reynolds, CedarLabs

Student Privacy Myth-Busters

Presented by: Jim Siegl, Future of Privacy Forum

Real-world Education Data Management Performance Testing

Presented by: Ben Silberglitt & Mike Reynolds, CedarLabs

Data Standards United

Presented by: Michael Sessa, PESC; Larry Fruth, A4L Community

Navigating the Standards – EdMatrix

Presented by: Brandt Redd, EdMatrix


DECEMBER 14, 2021

Curious about linking privacy to security common frameworks?

Continuing the maturation of YOUR Community, we are inviting you to a special call on a project underway that could soon be coming your way…

The Safer Technologies 4 Schools initiative (ST4S) is an Australian State and Territory government standardized approach to evaluating digital products and services used by K12 schools against a nationally consistent security and privacy control framework.  The SDPC Community leverages the work across the global membership for effective knowledge sharing – the Global Education Privacy Standard (GEPS) was the first global activity and ST4S could be another great value for you, your organization and your partners. 

Join Anthony Yaremenko, ST4S Project Lead, Education Services Australia, for a quick overview of work, progress and international opportunities and how soon the SDPC could leverage it to continue to move the needle on privacy and security in the marketplace.

AUGUST 17-20, 2021

STATS DC Data Conference 2021

(all webinar links are external)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

SESSION 4C – Data Standards United: A pragmatic look at how Standards can work together for your use case

SESSION 6C: Marketplace Contracting:  Imagine if Your LEA, SEA, and Provider Were All On The Same Page!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

SESSION 9D: Creating “Win-Win-Win” Scenarios in Establishing Common Data Privacy Expectations: A Case Study for Schools, States, and Marketplace Providers

SESSION 7C – A MODEL Connected and Secure Data System from LEA to SEA: Turning a Statewide Data Collection From Compliance to Productive Tool 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

SESSION 11D: What is A State Agency’s Stewardship Role In Addressing Student Privacy Issues 

SESSION 12D – From SIF to Unity: The Complete and Most Utilized K-12 Education Data Standard Alive and Growing in States! 

Friday, August 20, 2021

SESSION 14D – A Tech Director, a Vendor, and a Privacy Advocate Walk Into a Bar: A Panel Discussion 

MAY 4, 2021

A4L Community Town Hall

2020 Leadership Review from North American Management & Technical Board, as well as the Student Data Privacy (SDPC) Management Board.  Plus a look at the priorities for 2021-2022 in all areas, Operational Support priorities, 2022 Symposium update and Q&A.  Presented by Board Co-Leads and Staff.

FEBRUARY 23, 2021

Unifying Student Data Privacy with Data Interoperability - the Unity Blueprint

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) has been moving the needle on setting privacy expectations between School Districts, States and marketplace providers.  The strength of the collective power of the Community and the best practice leadership shown in protecting student data through Data Privacy Agreements (DPAs) is the reason for this success.

It’s a GREAT first step, but collectively we could do more in protecting your local learning ecosystem:
> How are your vendors implementing the privacy requirements?
> How do you convey legal requirements to the vendors’ technical teams?
> How does increased data interoperability without embedded privacy created increased risk?
> Is there a way I can address and enforce privacy requirements through openly developed technical standards?

This webinar will show you how to leverage the A4L/SDPC Community’s 20 years of combined data interoperability and privacy work using real world use cases, tools, resources and contacts showing streamlined data stewardship from across the globe.

FEBRUARY 3-24, 2021

Connecting & Securing Effective Learning Ecosystems

FEBRUARY 24, 2021 – SESSION FOUR: Connecting and Securing in the Real World

The MA Data Hub Solution

This pilot project was designed to leverage the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) state data collection & Cedar Labs’ “hub and spoke” architecture to branch a state reporting data connection and create an easy-to-manage data integration platform for school districts. MA DESE, and Cambridge Public Schools are leveraging the existing state data connection to branch the flow of data not just for state reporting, but to also provide additional value add services such as standards agnostic rostering and privacy enforcement.

FEBRUARY 17, 2021 –  SESSION THREE:  Foundations of “Securing” Ecosystems Student Privacy

Data Stewardship 101 – Setting Common Expectations Between Vendors and Customers

A key component for any conversation is to understand the lens from which your discussion partner is viewing the world. The majority of “disconnects” seen between marketplace players and their customers evolve from of a lack of common expectations in data stewardship. We do have some solutions to resolve that!

The Securing Continuum: From Legislation to Ecosystem Implementation and All Steps In-Between.

The Community has done a great amount of engagement with school technology leaders around “what are you juggling each day with your digital ecosystem and what can the Community help support via connecting and securing effective learning ecosystems. This can be driven from the top down through legislation or bottom up through need!

FEBRUARY 10, 2021 – SESSION TWO: Foundations of “Connecting” Ecosystems in the Real World

Setting the Course for Standardizing – Stopping the “Wheel Re-invention”

Those that run Education Data Integrations are faced with a choice. Do we build on what we have, or do we rip and replace? There are a series of questions whose answers will help you choose. What are the problems with our current integration? Will modernizing our systems address the pain points? Is there ongoing development and a supported path into the future? Can we provide feedback and impact the future to meet our needs? We will explore these questions so that you can move forward with confidence.

Starting with the Data Dictionary and Maturing to Usage Tools All Under Local Control.

There has been great leadership at the federal level for identifying and defining educational data through the work of the Handbooks and now CEDS. The reality is more than 95% of the data is locally held and used. So how can the top-down work for schools and promotion of technical solutions using various standards? Is it possible to “just make it work”?

FEBRUARY 3, 2021 – SESSION ONE: Connecting and Securing – Setting the Stage

Data Access is Easier Than Ever with More Data Each Day – Is That A Good Thing?

More is better right?  But is it?  Hear about the pluses and minuses of more data in education and the implications at has on data stewardship, communications and even operational impacts through the lens of a school and a state CIO.

School and State Leadership On Local Control Issues

Data stewardship is, and will probably always be, one of those notorious “local control issue” for schools and states.  There are some great examples though of states providing leadership and support to help schools as they juggle their constantly evolving role in supporting learning – at the local level! 


JULY 17, 2019

JUNE 24, 2019

APRIL 18, 2019


EIMAC Webinar #8: Tactical Student Data Privacy – Putting Guidelines into use

APRIL 3-5, 2019

2019 A4L Community & Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) Annual Meeting

JANUARY 16, 2019

Data Access Is Easier Than Ever: Is That A Good Thing?

Hosted by: Monica Cougan, ENA
Presenters: Jena Draper, CEO at CatchOn and Larry Fruth II PhD, CEO/Exec Director at A4L Community