The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), in partnership with the Texas Association of School Administrators and CoSN’s Texas state affiliate chapter, the Texas Educational Technology Leaders (formerly The Texas K-12 CTO Council), is honored to support the work of current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams in leading all aspects of digital learning transformations.

The EmpowerED Superintendent edWebinar Series

Leadership Strategies to Assure Student Data Privacy: The Trusted Learning Environment Seal

The next episode of Season 4 of the EmpowerED Superintendent Webinar series airs on Monday, March 14, 2022, at 4 p.m. Central Time and is titled, “Leadership Strategies to Assure Student Data Privacy: The Trusted Learning Environment Seal.” The concerns and challenges involved in protecting student data privacy have always been critically important to school operations. However, as schools today increasingly rely on digital tools for teaching, learning, and school administration, assuring student data privacy is now more urgent than ever. One strategy many school districts have used is successfully completing the process of earning The Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) seal. The TLE program is the nation’s only privacy framework designed specifically for school systems.

In the March 14 EmpowerED Superintendent webinar, two leading-edge school superintendents share their recommended leadership strategies to assure student data privacy. The superintendents will also relate the processes their districts employed to earn the TLE seal. You are invited to join in the conversation with Texas’ own Dr. Lori Rapp, superintendent, Lewisville ISD, and Dr. Oskar Scheikl, superintendent, Rockingham County Public Schools, Virginia. Linnette Attai, project director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and the TLE program serves as the panel moderator. Free registration for the March 14 webinar is now available at

Interoperability: Seamlessly Sharing Data, Content, and Services Within School District Systems or Applications

The previous episode of the EmpowerED Superintendent edWebinar series aired February 14, 2022. In this webinar, Dr. Doug Brubaker, superintendent of Texarkana ISD, Dr. Michael T. Conner, superintendent of Middletown Public Schools in Middletown, CT, and Learning 2025 National Commissioner, Dr. Mary Wegner, assistant professor, superintendent, and Educational Leadership coordinator at the School of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast, and Paula Maylahn, project director for CoSN’s Interoperability Issues, shared successful policies, strategies, and training solutions they have implemented and recommend to help districts assure the interoperability of their academic and operational systems. Free access to webinar recording: If you missed the February 14 EmpowerED Superintendent Webinar, co-hosted by CoSN, AASA and, and sponsored by ClassLink, access the free recording. You may also access free recordings and podcasts of multiple previously broadcast webinars in the EmpowerED Superintendent series at

Resources Referenced During the February 14, 2022, EmpowerED Superintendent edWebinar:

CoSN Annual Conference

The CoSN 2022 Annual Conference will take place April 11-13, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will be a hybrid experience to accommodate all who wish to meet safely in-person as well as those who elect to participate remotely. You can preview the conference program and access registration information at

CoSN & Texas Educational Technology Leaders Membership

If your school or district would like more information about joining CoSN or getting more involved with CoSN and/or Texas Educational Technology Leaders, please contact Dr. Alice Owen, Executive Director, Texas Educational Technology Leaders, at or call 855.458.9286.