ParentSquare Webinar Alert: How to Meet School Technology Needs While Protecting Security and Privacy


According to District Administration, U.S. schools have experienced 1,851 data breaches since 2005. That number, which averages out to more than 100 cases per year, is a reminder that schools need to practice vigilance with their technology systems.

On Tuesday, October 25, K-12 IT team members will learn how to manage the risk of breaches while providing educators with technology tools. Data privacy experts and district IT leaders Rod Russeau and Steve Smith will join ParentSquare’s Chief Strategy Officer Chad Stevens to explore topics such as:

  • What should IT teams consider beyond FERPA, COPPA, and other K-12 standards for privacy protection?
  • What questions should they ask when evaluating a technology platform for security?
  • How other districts protect data and student privacy and tips for IT staff

Rod Russeau has served as the director of technology and information services at Community High School District 99 in Illinois for more than 25 years. In 2020, he was selected as the chairperson for the CoSN Cybersecurity Initiative, which provides school districts across North America with guidance, tools, and support in developing cybersecurity programs.

Steve Smith has over 25 years of CIO/CTO experience in rural and urban school districts throughout New England. He has been the CIO of Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts for the last 15 years. Smith has served on the National Forum on Education Statistics, contributing to several of the forum’s working groups such as the Data Privacy, Virtual Education, Cyber Security groups, just to name a few.

Chad Stevens began his education career as a teacher, principal, and chief technology officer. He then moved on to leadership roles in education divisions at Dell Inc., CDW-G, and Amazon Web Services. In his current role at ParentSquare, Stevens is responsible for creating, communicating, and sustaining strategic initiatives with school districts across the United States.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but registration is required.


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