Student Privacy Symposium



Student Data Privacy Symposium

with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Date:                       September 21, 2015

Location:              The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

Description:       The 2015 Student Data Privacy Symposium will present a thoughtful consideration by leading education and privacy experts on how student data should be collected and used. A series of panels will review the overarching value of technology and data use by educational institutions as demonstrated by current research, as well as the related concerns and risks of such use. Education, privacy, security, and civil rights leaders will discuss the benefits and risks of data use for underserved populations and consider possible strategies for the future. The 2015 Symposium is designed to engage education leaders, privacy and security professionals, advocacy groups, media, foundations, parent leaders, and companies to connect and collaborate for open and honest debate about how to best serve our youth.


Proposed Agenda:

(Panelists will be identified as they are confirmed)

8:00 am                                  Registration Opens (Coffee Service)

9:00 am                                  Opening Remarks

  • Jules Polonetsky, Executive Director, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Paige Kowalski, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign


9:10 am                                Welcome Keynote

9:45-10:45 am                    Panel 1: Student Data and Research

Leading academic researchers have studied and analyzed student data for many years. This panel gathers leading researchers to describe the results of their studies, with particular focus on studies that examine the use of technology, improving teaching and learning outcomes and understanding school performance.

  • Jules Polonetsky, Executive Director, FPF (Moderator)
  • Macke Raymond, Director, CREDO, Stanford University


10:45-11:00 am                                   Break

11:00-12:00 pm                 Panel 2: The Potential Risks of Student Data Collection and Use

Advocates and experts examine the possible dangers and pitfalls in collecting and using student data, and discuss way to address their concerns relating to uses of technology.

  • Dakarai Aarons, Director, Strategic Communications, Data Quality Campaign (Moderator)
  • Monica Bulger, Researcher, Data and Society Research Institute
  • Evan Selinger, Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology and Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Elana Zeide, Microsoft Research Fellow, Information Law Institute, NYU

12:15-1:30 pm                    Lunch

Parents’ Views on Technology and Data Use in Education: Survey Results and Discussion

1:30-1:45                               Break

1:45-2:45 pm                       Panel 3: What Is the Future of Technology in the Classroom?

Stakeholders including teachers, school technology specialists, and administrators demonstrate the impact of personalized learning, digital backpacks, student profiling, and other tools and opportunities offered by increased technology. Panelists will also discuss the controls required for parents and students to effectively manage their data.

  • Chip Slaven, Counsel to the President and Senior Advocacy Advisor, Alliance for Excellent Education, Center for Digital Learning (Moderator)
  • Kerry Gallagher, Technology Integration Specialist, St. John’s Prep, Danvers, MA
  • Karen Cator, President and CEO, Digital Promise
  • Diana Bidulescu, Education Technology Specialist, Houston ISD
  • Asante Johnson, STEM Teacher/Technology Integration Coach, DCPS


2:45-3:00                                Break

3:00-4:00 pm                       Panel 4: The Role of Technology and Data Use for Student Rights

Speakers explore the appropriate use of opt-in and opt-out programs; evaluate data “ownership” by schools, students, and parents, and the role of choice in data sharing and analysis; consider the ways data can identify inequalities, or when it may provide the potential for increased discrimination

  • Tomeka Hart, Vice President of Programs, Southern Education Foundation
  • Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD


4:00-4:15 pm                       Break

4:15-5:15 pm                       Panel 5: The Path Ahead: Areas for Discussion and Solutions

With audience participation, this closing panel explores the potential impact of proposed responses: legislative action; changes to contract requirements; increased security standards; the development of industry technical standards; seal or rating programs for schools and/or vendors. Compare best practices from other industry around transparency and communication.

  • Bob Moore, CoSN Project Director, Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning, (Moderator)
  • Beth Rorick, Deputy Executive Director, Gov’t Relations and Communications, National PTA
  • Beatriz Arnillas, Director-IT, Education Technology, Houston ISD 
  • Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Education


5:15-5:30                                Closing Comments

5:30-7:00 pm                       Reception (China Room)