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Springboard Collaborative

Help Springboard Collaborative understand FERPA and COPPA implications to virtual & remote learning

This will help us enroll and support more families and students in our virtual programs by allowing us to explain and plan for "safe" student data collection from schools and families.

Posted May 17, 2020

Background & Context

As soon as COVID-19 began to result in the closure of schools across the country, we quickly pivoted to make our current programs virtual and create a new more low-cost virtual offering. Our mission to close the achievement gap is even more paramount as existing gaps will certainly be exacerbated in our current climate. With our virtual offerings, we are rethinking how we will collect student data (typically it is shared directly from the student's school). Our new programs mean that we might have parents enroll directly with us and will need them to provide data. We also might have schools provide data but then not be involved in any of the instruction. In the past, we have not been in scope for FERPA. We're wondering if this is still true. We're also wondering what COPPA restrictions we need to be aware of.

Immediate Problem

This will help us to explain how we're handling student data to schools. We're getting a lot of questions and concerns and we're not sure what our role is and what data we're allowed to collect with these new circumstances.

Work & Deliverables

We would love to have a conversation to understand our obligations. We would also appreciate a one-pager explaining Springboard's obligations regarding the collection of data that we can share with schools proactively when we're negotiating contracts with them.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Required Legal Expertise: None
  • Signup Deadline: May 22, 2020
  • Deliverables Due: May 28, 2020
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Springboard Collaborative

Springboard Collaborative closes the literacy gap by closing the gap between home and school. We coach educators and family members to help kids learn to read by 4th grade. Springboard envisions a world in which all children have the requisite literacy skills to access life opportunities. In pursuit of the vision, Springboard will help 100,000 children reach reading goals by 2023. The path forward consists of five main elements: Flagship programs: Our flagship Summer and Afterschool programs double students’ annual reading progress through parent-teacher collaboration. Franchised programs: We successfully launched an affiliate model through which Springboard trains and certifies leaders to implement our playbook in their context for half the cost. Family engagement blueprint: We distilled the best practices from our programs and wove them into a framework for embedding family engagement into the school day, school year, and—ultimately—the school culture. Marketplace: We created an a la carte menu of products and services that drive impact, scale, and financial sustainability. This includes a home literacy app, our family workshop curriculum, and teacher training modules. Springboard as an idea: Finally, we are distilling Springboard into an open-source methodology for engaging parents that can become ubiquitous. We aim to catalyze a culture shift, making family engagement in education the new normal. It took decades for the sector to embrace the idea that all children can learn. It is Springboard’s ambition—and our charge—to prove that all parents can teach.

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