The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and its Texas state affiliate chapter, The Texas K-12 CTO Council, are honored to support the work of current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams in leading all aspects of digital learning transformations.

EmpowerED Superintendent Monthly Webinar:
“Data Privacy in Our Connected Learning World: Earning the Trusted Learning Environment Seal”

The upcoming episode of the monthly EmpowerED Superintendent Webinar series, co-hosted by CoSN, AASA, and, and sponsored by ClassLink, airs on Monday, January 11, 2021. The title and focus of the January webinar, broadcast live at 4 p.m. CT, is Data Privacy in Our Connected Learning World: Earning the Trusted Learning Environment Seal. In this edWebinar, Texas Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing, Leander ISD, and Dr. Allan Markley, Superintendent, Raytown Quality Schools, MO, are joined by Linnette Attai, Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative. Five critical guidelines for ensuring data privacy in any school system’s use of technology will be reviewed. The featured panelists also share how leadership teams can succeed in making data privacy a priority across entire school systems. Effective strategies for communicating a school district’s commitment to assuring student data privacy through the Trusted Learning Environment privacy framework will be presented. Register for the free January 11 webinar.

Webinars in this series are also freely available as recordings at via podcast at a day or two after the initial live broadcast.

Data Privacy Resources for School Leaders

As school leaders continue to grow in their knowledge and expertise in using data to drive instruction and other multiple facets of school operations, the issue of leading and managing student data privacy can sometimes seem confusing and even overwhelming. CoSN is pleased to share a one-page critical issues document that describes five key guidelines for protecting student data privacy. Download the document.

To assist school leaders in building a robust student data privacy program and creating a system and culture of trust and transparency with their community around student data protections, CoSN developed a comprehensive privacy framework for school districts to earn the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal. In today’s COVID-19 world, it is more essential than ever that school leaders build a trusted learning environment together with their students’ parents. Download guidance on how best to build that trust.

Learn more about the role of leadership in building a student data privacy program and measuring your efforts against the Trusted Learning Environment privacy framework with CoSN’s guide to “Building a Trusted Learning Environment: Understanding the Leadership Practice.” Download the guide.

If your school or district would like more information about joining CoSN or getting more involved with CoSN and/or Texas K-12 CTO Council, please contact Dr. Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas K-12 CTO Council at or call 855.458.9286.