After reviewing the California Law Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) I have become aware of the importance of student data safety for the purposes of advertising. In order to comply with the law and maintain student information safe under SOPIPA I would advise the district leaders with the following steps several steps.
Based on my analysis of the district my advice would be for the leadership team to become experts in the many laws that govern student data and privacy protection in order to become compliant with SOPIPA.
After this weeks lesson I realized how much experience plays a part in making decision at an administrator level. I say this because when I make decisions at my school my focus is too narrow because I haven't had to deal with the larger picture yet. Better said, I haven't had the opportunity to work in a bigger district where the flow of information is much larger and from many different DATA points.
As I read about the different standards I realize how complex integrating systems can be and how having the right standard for your systems is crucial for those systems to operate the way you want to. Beyond this, I also realized how security is an issue that can't be ignored and that there needs to be an effort by leaders, both tech knowledgeable and no tech knowledgeable to understand the need for security over functionality.
This is where current state and future state planning is important because if we as educational leaders want to make the most of this surge in technology and education. We need to make sure that we plan with security and interoperability in mind. Without security, parents and the community will not want the use of technology in the classroom and without interoperability the systems that will be put in place will not be as efficient as possible.
After developing and creating module 4 I realized that when discussing technology their needs to be a clear structure as to not become boggled down in the details. As a person who loves technology one of my biggest issues is that I become so involved on small details that I have forgotten to focus on the big picture. While creating the current state architecture I began to realize how many of the systems at our school work together for a common goal, my narrow view of looking at technology through the lens of a teacher started to go away and I began to see our district as a full functioning organization with many working parts. I knew this before but my mentality was so focus toward the classroom that I dismiss to a certain extent any other business system.
Once the current state architecture was developed I began to develop the future state architecture and this is where I began to see a big need for our district. Our need at this time and this is something we have begun to have discussions, as of this week on, is the need to integrate our many systems into less platforms and have greater access to information and data because of it. This type of discussion from my part would not of happened if I hadn’t taken a look at the future state of the district from many different business systems. Narrowing your view to the classroom is important because that is where the vision and mission of the school should show results but expanding the view to all other business systems allows us to see how everything has an influence toward that goal.
After reading about Business Architecture through the various readings in the course I discovered that the district, which is compose of two small schools, is in need to develop a more concise Business Architecture. As I reviewed the processes and systems in our district there was a lack of an explicit alignment between the different systems and processes and the mission and vision of the school. This is not to say that the systems do not function, but they are not from my discovery, as effective as they need to be. For example, one thing that I discovered was that many of the decisions that are made are not thoroughly vetted which leads to confusion at every level of the organization. The district is able to make quicker decisions than bigger districts, but this comes at a cost that leads to under utilization of the human capital and many other resources present at our district. Having said this, this year there has been a shift to creating processes that allow various inputs into the decision making process of the different business units.
One system that is currently use at our school is The Open Group Architecture Forum which involves the decision making process on how certain business decisions will be made. If we can redefine this process and have all stakeholders learn the process I believe this will allow our district to reach the levels we all want for our students. As mentioned before, we are beginning to utilize this system for many decisions but we are still at the beginning of this process. Ultimately our goal as a school is to increase student achievement and we do strive for that when decisions are made but the process is still lacking structure and specific processes for decision making.
As for myself, as I learn more about Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture I have begun to realize how important is to have a structure for making decisions when working with technology and that having input from various stakeholders is critical in order to not duplicate or create redundancy when not needed and to create redundancy when it is needed.