The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is a unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policymakers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. The Consortium also leverages work done by numerous partner organizations but focuses on issues being faced by “on-the-ground” practitioners. Privacy is an ever-changing landscape, and as such, the SDPC adapts. Join Larry Fruth, CEO, A4L and Steve Smith, CIO, Cambridge Public Schools on April 29, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET as they provide a brief overview of the SDPC, new changes, and planned activities.
Dr. Larry Fruth II is currently the Executive Director and CEO of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community. A4L is an independent non-profit membership organization comprised of over 3,200 software vendors and educational institutions whose mission is to support the identification, management, movement and usage of learning information within the education sector. Additional activities include the establishment, support and growth of the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) addressing critical on the ground privacy issues. Dr. Fruth has over 30 years of experience in teaching and learning as a classroom teacher/professor, curriculum and professional development designer, and state and federal policymaker. He has worked with two White House administrations, international government education agencies and marketplace providers in advising on strategies and policies in the development of longitudinal data systems to leverage previous and current technology investments. Most recently Dr. Fruth served as a Associate Director for the Ohio Department of Education where he oversaw development of Technology Academic Content Standards, a state educational technology director designee, and the lead for various federal programs as well as pointing various pK-16 partnership initiatives.
CIO, Cambridge Public Schools
Mr.Steve Smith, has twenty three+ years of CIO/CTO experience in rural and urban, large and small, school districts in New England, the last twelve years as CIO of Cambridge Public Schools. Recently Mr. Smith has spent a great deal of time navigating student privacy issues. He has represented both Maine and currently Massachusetts on the National Forum on Education Statistics and has contributed to the Forum's Education Data Privacy, Civil Rights Data Reporting, Longitudinal Data Systems, SCED Working Group, Virtual Education, Facilities Data Management, Technology Suite, Crisis Data Management, Cyber Security wand Metadata working groups . In addition, Mr Smith is a contributing member to the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment project as well as the Founder of the Student Data Privacy Consortium.