Get Involved: For Districts and Schools

District participation helps prioritize evaluations and deliver important edtech privacy resources to families, educators, and advocates across the country.

The Common Sense District Privacy Program was developed collaboratively in response to school and district needs. Currently, more than 250 schools and districts help shape the work. The primary goal of the program is to provide educators access to a robust set of resources (many of which are available under a Creative Commons license) to help them make more informed decisions about the educational software they use.

We're in the middle of a coordinated and long-term effort to ensure that student information is protected with strong privacy practices. We've built strong partnerships with school districts, software developers, and industry leaders to make this work possible. District participation helps prioritize the most relevant requirements for student privacy safeguards, and edtech companies can use our criteria to clarify and improve privacy practices, policies, and products to support digital well-being.

Schools and districts nationwide are encouraged to join the District Privacy Consortium and commit to using the privacy evaluations as part of their vetting process of educational applications used in the classroom. All members of the consortium are welcome to join our regular meetings, where district representatives can:

  • Share information about commonly used edtech apps to help inform/shape priorities about which services need to be reviewed.
  • Share and learn from each other's processes for reviewing new technology applications, including any documentation provided to teachers.
  • Provide feedback on the privacy evaluations, including instructional feedback on how to use a service in a way that respects learner and instructor privacy.
  • Sign up to receive training to help participate in the application evaluation process and make an even bigger impact.