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In This Issue
Judy Seltz, ASCD’s new executive director, outlines her plans for the association and her vision for education in a wide-ranging interview with Education Week blogger Peter Dewitt. In the process, Seltz details some of the association’s policy priorities and recent successes. Read on for highlights from the interview.
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Debates over student privacy have cropped up in many states, often as part of the transition to new assessments aligned with the Common Core standards. Now the topic has captured national attention. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently introduced a bill (PDF) that would limit the use of students’ personally identifiable data for marketing purposes and deter companies or organizations from amassing permanent student profiles. The bill’s protections, however, apply to students' educational records only—which excludes students' performance in online courses or games and raises questions about whether the bill adequately protects student data in a digital era. And because, under the bill, most of the responsibility to protect student data would fall on schools and districts, advocates are questioning the capacity of these entities to meet the proposed requirements. Prospects for the bill are grim because so few days remain this Congressional session.
To assist schools as they navigate the challenges brought on by the digital era, the U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center has released guidance to protect student privacy while using online sources (PDF) and establish transparency when communicating privacy practices (PDF).
Nation Builder, Change Agent, Curiosity Curator—how do you capture and describe all that you, as an educator, do every day? Two teachers have challenged the education community to participate in a rebranding of the teaching profession. Add to the conversation via Twitter by submitting your ideas with the hashtag #rebrandteaching. Spark your ideas by watching the campaign video and further the dialogue by asking your colleagues how educators can help society understand their complex and changing role.
Educators in the United States are preparing to welcome just over 50 million students to the public school system for the 2014–15 school year. ASCD’s most recent Leader2Leader (L2L) Twitter chat discussed starting the school year right. See the complete conversation, including practical tips to a great start from ASCD’s guest author, Allen Mendler.
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