What is the VTSPA and how can your school benefit from engagement with this organization? The VTSPA is a collaboration of Vermont supervisory unions and school districts that share common concerns around student privacy. The VTSPA was organized in 2018. Courtesy of AOE, alliance membership by SU/SD is free. Learn about the Vermont Student Data Privacy Agreement, developed in collaboration with legal counsel on the national and state levels, that provides SUs/SDs with a template K-12 privacy agreement for vendors to sign. SUs/SDs without the fiscal or human resources to vet software and Learning Management System resources on their own may search the online database to see how a resource is being used in other like or neighboring districts and to examine the privacy agreement in place.
Lisa Helme recently joined the Agency of Education as the State Coordinator of Education Technology. She has a diverse background in communication, education and government service. She has more than 15-years of experience working as a public-school teacher and adult financial literacy educator, developing curriculum and working with diverse groups of people. Prior to joining AOE, she worked as an outreach manager at the Department of Public Safety coordinating Vermont’s participation with the ongoing development of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, FirstNet. Within all of these positions, Lisa has developed experience in using a range of software and web-based platforms and understands the challenges of modifying educational and communication approaches to accommodate emerging technology.