Learning Resource Library

Resources created or curated by the LTC that address essential and relevant K-12 education and technology topics.

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Technology Documentation Guide

Using Google Drive and Docs, this Technology Documentation Guide can help districts more effectively organize critical technology-related documents in a single digital repository.

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The K12 SIX Essentials Series

Developed by K-12 IT practitioners, for K-12 IT practitioners—and aligned to cybersecurity risk management best practices—the K12 SIX Essentials Series establishes baseline cybersecurity standards for U.S. school districts and provides guidance and tools to support

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Monthly Tech Check-In Calendar

Each month, grab the upcoming Tech Check-in Calendar page for a timely tip about optimizing your day-to-day edtech utilization.

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K12 SIX

Learn more about the K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX). The K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX) is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to protecting the U.S. K12 community—including school districts, charter schools,

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K12 Incident Response Plan Template – Security Studio

Utilize the K12 Incident Response Management Plan Template from Security Studio to be better prepared if and when an Incident happens in your District.

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Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC)

Learn more about the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC). The LTC is the Alliance Member of the SDPC providing access to SDPC resources such as the IL-NDPA and the database for managing data privacy agreements

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Security Studio S2School Resources including IT Security Policy Templates

IT Security Policy Templates among additional Security Resources from Security Student

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Tabletop Exercises (TTX)

Center for Internet Security (CIS) Tabletop exercises are available for use with users, administrators, and technical professionals. Tabletop exercises are meant to help organizations consider different risk scenarios and prepare for potential cyber threats. All

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Sample Communications when using IL-NDPA

LTC resource for communicating with vendors about SOPPA and the IL-NDPA.

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Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) Press Release

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a special interest group of the non-profit Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, is proud to announce the release of the first National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) to streamline application

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The K-12 Cyber Incident Map

The K-12 Cyber Incident Map, a visualization of publicly disclosed school cyber incidents from 2016 to present. Maintained as a public service by K12 SIX.

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USCC Cyber Quests

Cyber Quests are a series of fun but challenging on-line competitions allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security realms. Each quest features an artifact for analysis, along with a series

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Cybersecurity Leadership Game

Test your knowledge of Cybersecurity with COSN’s Cybersecurity Leadership Game.

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CoSN Cybersecurity Toolkit

Controlling access to organizational systems and resources is an essential element of cybersecurity. The traditional approach to access control has been to assign usernames with complex password requirements, generally a combination of up to eight

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Student Privacy Primer from Student Privacy Compass

Great resource from Student Privacy Compass for PD and Trainings about Data Privacy.

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Data Breach Scenario Trainings

Utilize the data breach scenario trainings as professional development for your District Administration, Staff, and Teachers

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The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy

Great resource from ConnectSafely and Future Privacy Forum for PD and and Trainings about Data Privacy

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SOPPA Amendments 2021: Requirements for Written Agreements and Strategies for Risk Mitigation

SOPPA Amendments 2021: Requirements for Written Agreements and Strategies for Risk Mitigation – This webinar was presented in collaboration with Robbins-Schwartz, the Learning Technology Center of Illinois, Gallagher, and Secure Halo to discuss SOPPA’s contract

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FERPA, PPRA Model Forms and Notifications

The U.S. Department of Education’s model forms for FERPA and PPRA.

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Getting Started with SOPPA

LTC Resource sharing information about getting started with SOPPA.

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Using ISPA to Comply with SOPPA

LTC Resource sharing a workflow for managing SOPPA in your District.

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CISA Ransomware Guide

On September 30, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center released a joint Ransomware Guide, which is a customer centered, one-stop resource with best practices and

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Managing Agreements with ISPA

LTC Resource sharing a workflow for the management of data privacy agreements for SOPPA.

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National Data Privacy Agreement + Illinois Exhibit

The National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) streamlines application contracting and sets common expectations between schools/districts and marketplace providers. The LTC created an Illinois-specific exhibit that modifies the NDPA for use in Illinois, making it compliant

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Illinois-National Data Privacy Agreement v1.0a (IL-NDPA)

The IL-NDPA is a data privacy agreement that has been created at a national level by the Student Data Privacy Consortium and customized at a State of Illinois level by the Illinois Council of School

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Cybersecurity Book List

A list of cybersecurity books to help IT staff understand cybersecurity in schools.

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Checklist for using the IL-NDPA – Originating or Subscribing

This checklist gives tips and suggestions on the best ways of using the IL-NDPA in combination with the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) database.

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CISA Cyber Resource Hub

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offers a range of cybersecurity assessments that evaluate operational resilience, cybersecurity practices, organizational management of external dependencies, and other key elements of a robust and resilient cyber framework.

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K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center

The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center is an initiative of K12 Security Information Exchange (K12 SIX). A curated list of recent information and resources to help U.S. public K-12 school leaders and policymakers navigate cybersecurity and

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CyberUp Competitions

Geared to inspire middle and high school students, PowerUp Cyber Games, powered by Cyber Skyline, is a unique cybersecurity competition designed to teach participants to solve computer security problems while capturing and/or defending computer systems.