District Participation

The Common Sense District Privacy Evaluation Initiative was developed collaboratively in response to school and district needs. Currently, nearly 100 schools and districts help shape the work.  The primary goal of the Initiative is to provide educators access to a robust set of resources (many of which are available under a Creative Commons license to support reuse and adoption) to help them make more informed decisions about the educational software they use. 

All schools and districts are encouraged to join the District Privacy Consortium and commit to using the privacy evaluations as part of your vetting process of educational applications. All members of the Consortium are welcome to join our regular planning meetings. As part of the work in these meetings, districts are welcome and encouraged to:

  • share information about commonly used apps to help inform/shape priorities about apps that need to be reviewed; 
  • share their process for reviewing new technology applications, including any documentation provided to teachers; and
  • provide feedback on the privacy evaluations, including instructional feedback on how to use an app in a way that respects learner and instructor privacy. 

Additionally, if you are currently evaluating apps within your school or district, you can extend the impact of this work by helping us with the application review process. Orientation and support will be provided for interested schools/districts.