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What is the GDPR and why should I care?

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation on data privacy will come into force on May 25, 2018. This video explains how it could affect you, even if you don't live in the EU.​  The following 3 minute video explains it in basic terms.

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Finally! A way to transfer assignments/grades in PowerSchool!

Assignment and Grade Transfer Plug-in Moving assignment and grade information for students moving from one section of a course to another is manual process and a major pain in PowerSchool. Computer Logic Group has developed a simple plug-in that turns this laborious job into a smooth, efficient transaction for teachers inside of PowerTeacher Pro. This may well be the number one enhancement request from PowerSchool users, so spend 10 minutes walking through how this plug-in will save your team time and frustration while making you a hero to all!Click on the date you would like to join us to register!Wed May 30th 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Thurs May 31st 10:00 am - 10:20 am

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E-rate News Flash May 16, 2018 - Issue 18-05

E-rate News Flash Funding Year 2018–19 Funding Commitments The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has released the first four waves of funding commitments for the 2018-19 funding year. As of May 11, 2018, funding commitments for California schools exceed $65.4 million. Those local education agencies (LEA) that received a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) must now do the following: 1. Review the FCDL for accuracy. The FCDL has a new format which can be previewed in a six-minute video provided by USAC. The video is located on the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) Online Learning Library Web page at, https://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/videos/Funding-Commitment-Decisi...

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Learning Management Systems

Interesting article and stats about Learning Management systems used by school districts in other states.  As you know, this site looks mostly at California school district's use of systems.  But having a comparison to other states I think is also useful.  Worth a look.  The organization typically looks at Higher Education back-office systems.  This is one of their first forays into the K-12 community. Preliminary Data on K-12 LMS Market - LISTedTECH Enter some description here... http://listedtech.com/preliminary-data-k-12-lms-market/

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Cue names Interim Director Jon Corippo as Exec. Director

Jon Corippo is CUE's next Executive DirectorCUE is pleased to announce that Jon Corippo will be CUE's next Executive Director, effective immediately. The CUE Board of Directors spent six months gathering stakeholder input and engaged in internal discussions to arrive at this unanimous decision.Andrew Schwab, CUE Board President remarked, "The board is very excited for everything the CUE team has accomplished over the past six months under Jon's leadership. He brings a wealth of experience in business, K-12 education, organizational leadership and innovation to the CUE team. We're thrilled to have Jon as CUE's Executive Director moving forward. " Corippo named CUE's Executive Director - OnCUE...

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G Suite Enterprise for Education Now Available

From: https://blog.google/products/g-suite/g-suite-enterprise-education-now-available/ Since launching G Suite for Education, we've heard a common request from colleges, universities and large school districts: the need for more advanced tools to meet their complex technology needs. In January, we announced G Suite Enterprise for Education, a new edition of G Suite for Education that offers additional enterprise-grade capabilities designed for large institutions and customized for education. Starting today, G Suite Enterprise for Education is generally available to educational institutions in the United States, and is coming to more countries soon.  Read Article

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CALPADS EOY for Beginners

A short 20 minute video explaining the "big picture" of the CALPADS end of year process. Reminder:  EOY deadline is July 31, 2018! 

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CAASPP Scores Reports move to Electronic Delivery

​​Editor's note:  Below is a communication sent out by the CDE on April 26, 2018 detailing some of the information regarding the transition from paper distribution of CAASPP test scores to the electronic distribution (e.g. secure PDF files sent via email to parents).  The effort is being headed up by CDE and ETS and additional details are available in the CALPADS vendor notes. ​ Dear County and DistrictSuperintendents and Charter School Administrators: CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTPERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS TRANSITION TO ELECTRONIC STUDENT SCORE REPORTS In spring 2014, California tookthe bold step of transitioning almost completely from paper assessments toonline assessments with ...

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California School Field Trip podcast #1

This is a new podcast from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence featuring the voices and experiences of students, families, and district staff as they tackle issues of school improvement and equity. Subscribe here. (Editor's note:  we don't represent the CCEE in any way, we are just linking to their podcast content via soundcloud). This episode takes you to the heart of California's Gold Country to understand how the Differentiated Assistance process works between a small rural district and its county office of education. The Mother Lode Union School District, nestled among historic mining towns in Northern California, has been flagged by the state as needing ext...

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DataQuest Update - April 24, 2018

 Dear DataQuest Users: This message is to notify you about several new staff data reports that are now publicly available on the California Department of Education (CDE) DataQuest Web site at https://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/. These reports are based on data submitted and certified in the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) by districts and charter schools. These reports include: 2017–18 FTE of Classified Staff2018–19 Estimated Number of Teacher Hires You can access these reports by performing the following steps: 1.Navigate to the DataQuest home page at https://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/ 2.Select the desired Level (State, County, District, or School) 3.Select one of the follo...

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ELPAC Update - April 23, 2018

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Update, from the California Department of Education (CDE), is a monthly e-mail for K–12 educators, including testing coordinators. The ELPAC, when it becomes operational, will replace the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Updated ELPAC Practice Tests and Rubrics At the end of April 2018, updated ELPAC practice tests and rubrics will be posted on ELPAC.org under the Resources tab. For specific details, go to the Known Issues Log at ELPAC.org. Initial ELPAC Local Scoring Tool After administering the Initial ELPAC, trained local educational agency (LEA) staff will score the Initial ELPAC Answer Books locally...

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Does your district block access to SKYPE?

 Does your district block SKYPE for staff members?  I'm curious because CSIS is now using it to administer some training sessions.  This is great, since it removes the cap of users that can view a training session at one time.  Getting a sense of how many districts block SKYPE for staff (and maybe reconsidering why) is the purpose of this poll: SKYPE POLL  Note:  You have to be logged in to vote in the poll.  As always, membership is free!

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Permission Click Adds Capital and Readies for International Expansion

(Winnipeg, Manitoba) March 21, 2018 — Permission Click, the global leader in K–12 school form automation, has closed a multimillion-dollar capital raise led by an international strategic investor. The new investment will allow Permission Click to significantly expand its school- facing organization across North America, while turning an eye to new markets overseas. The company is working to make more than a dozen new hires in sales, marketing, and product development. Permission Click is best known for its School Edition, which delivers digital permission slips, forms, and payment collection for K–12 schools. It recently launched a premium, full-featured District Edition, which has quickly g...

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CALPADS FALL 2 deadline extended!

 Dear LEA Representatives, The February 23 CALPADS Fall 2 certification deadline has been suspended. The final Fall 2 certification deadline (the close of the amendment window) remains March 23. It is important for local educational agencies (LEAs) to certify their Fall 2 data submission on or before March 23, 2018 in order to report their official staff full-time equivalent (FTE), English learner (EL) services, and student course enrollment data. Because there will be no February 23 deadline, no letters will be sent to superintendents of local educational agencies (LEAs) that do not certify by February 23. LEAs with certification errors should continue to resolve errors as soon as poss...

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Securing a Multi-Vendor Cloud Environment at School

Modern Network Segmentation and Access Control Legacy network design techniques in education often used segmentation of networks at the core switch or even a router to control access between networks of differing security levels. Managing these access lists was time consuming and relatively primitive. One could only enforce the most rudimentary (at best L4 – address and port) traffic rules. This often resulted in allowing access to resources that user groups should not have – especially in shared computer environments. The early firewalls capable of application awareness (L7) were not fast enough to sit between segments of a LAN – in spite of their capabilities to identity traffic in advance...

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Serious flaw discovered in WPA2 security protocol

Several tech news outlets are reporting this morning on the discovery of a new vulnerability that basically destroys WPA2 as a security protocol.  The exploits, which are explained in detail on the KrackAttacks.com website, use a weakness to read information assumed to be safely encrypted.  The most troubling aspect of this attack, in addition to it now being widely known, is how widespread the use of this security protocol is, and how many systems this will ultimately impact.   Also, changing the passwords will have no effect (unless those passwords were so easy as to be hacked through traditional methods).  But this newly discovered exploit can attack even the most comp...

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New Aeries Webinar Workshops

The Aeries website has been updated with the workshops being offered in the Spring.Please visit the Aeries website at www.aeries.com/workshops-events for detailed information on the workshops available. Webinar workshops now open for registration: Aeries Career PathwaysAeries Career Pathway Dashboard makes CALPADS reporting a much easier task.  Join us for an interactive session to learn how to identify your Career Pathway students and tag them for 2016-2017 EOY data requirements.Aeries Web Security & Portal OptionsAn overview of implementing and managing Aeries security, portal options, portal account management, and portal groups security.Aeries Database Administrator (DBA) Overvi...

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Two new training sessions offered for DASHBOARD

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence is excited to offer a two-part training series that dives deeper into Dashboard data to help local education agencies (LEAs) make decisions that are research-based, equity focused, and informed by stakeholder engagement.The two-part training series will be livestreamed via a Zoom webinar. Below are the specific dates, topics, and registration details for each session. ------------------------------------------------------------- Data and Evaluation Module/Part 1 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 10am—12pm Build Your CA School Dashboard Data LiteracyDive deep into particular aspects of the Dashboard including status and change calculations for s...

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E-rate News Flash - Issue #18-02, January 30, 2018

Entity Profile Update We want to thank all of the Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) that were able to update their entity profile in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) to include the County-District-School (CDS) number prior to the close of the Administrative window. A total of 1,837 sites now have the added CDS number to help them through the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) review process.Important Funding Year 2018 Dates and Deadlines The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced on December 14, 2017 the E-rate Funding Year 2018-19 application filing window dates.·         The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form...

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Microsoft and PowerSchool Partner

REDMOND, WASH., and FOLSOM, CA. – January 18, 2018 – Microsoft Corp. and PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions reaching over 30 million students in North America, today announced a new partnership that will bring together PowerSchool's innovative K-12 technologies with Microsoft's O365 for Education productivity suite, Windows devices, and cloud infrastructure to help ensure all students reach their full potential. Aligned around a shared vision that technology in education can help improve a child's future opportunities, the companies have committed to leveraging their best-in-class solutions to help educators, students and parents achieve their common goal ...

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