New Internet Safety Courses Automate CIPA Compliance Tracking and E-Rate Reporting for K-12 School Districts

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Knowledge Delivery Systems launches online courses based on Common Sense Media’s digital citizenship curriculum to help teachers protect students at every grade level

Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS), a leading provider of strategic online and blended professional development solutions for educators and school districts, today announced a new partnership with Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping educators empower young people to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. The collaboration brings a new suite of E-Rate and CIPA Digital Citizenship online courses to school districts nationwide and supports teachers in educating students about Internet safety. The courses are available on April 15, 2013.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that all schools receiving E-rate discounts “provide for the education of students regarding appropriate online behavior including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and regarding cyberbullying awareness and response.” School districts will need to prove they have delivered this education to students annually to maintain E-rate discounts, which provide up to 90% off the cost of computer hardware, telecommunications and Internet access.

KDS’s online courses provide a rich, interactive learning experience to help teachers understand the importance of teaching digital literacy and citizenship in their classrooms, and provide age appropriate curricula, lesson plans and resources for grades K through 12. The classroom curricula are based on the research of Professor Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and aligned with English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and National Education Technology Standards. The courses also showcase lessons in action for teachers to see grade-specific examples of digital citizenship and best practices from around the country.

KDS’s robust tracking and reporting tool monitors teachers’ progress and course completion, automatically verifying that they have been trained and delivered lessons to students. It provides the CIPA compliance documentation districts may need to verify E-rate records, dramatically reducing the time and cost of managing paper-based compliance forms across schools district-wide.

“Automating E-rate and CIPA compliance reporting will dramatically reduce the time and effort school districts spend on compliance tracking, helping protect the critical E-rate discounts they rely on,” said Alvin Crawford, CEO of Knowledge Delivery Systems.

“Students today live and breathe the Internet, so it’s critical to provide them with the skills to be safe, respectful and responsible digital citizens. The courses we developed with KDS provide everything teachers and administrators need to teach students digital citizenship skills, while also meeting CIPA mandates,” said Mike Lorion, General Manager of Education at Common Sense Media.

Educating Students to Be Safe Online
The Common Sense on E-rate and CIPA course suite is comprised of four online professional development courses.

1.    Meeting CIPA Mandates for E-rate Compliance, an implementation overview and guide to reporting for administrators (60 minutes)
2.    Three grade-specific courses for educators based on Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum (90 minutes each)
o    Digital Citizenship, CIPA, and E-rate for Elementary School Teachers
o    Digital Citizenship, CIPA, and E-rate for Middle School Teachers
o    Digital Citizenship, CIPA, and E-rate for High School Teachers

School districts can deliver lessons to students in two ways: 1) at every grade level each year; or 2) concentrate lessons in designated benchmark years.

Elementary School - One 45-minute lesson per grade per year or three lessons in each benchmark year: 2nd grade (K - 2nd grade lessons) & 5th grade (3rd - 5th grade lessons).

  •     Kindergarten - Going Places Safely
  •     1st Grade - Sending Email
  •     2nd Grade - Show Respect Online
  •     3rd Grade - Talking Safely Online
  •     4th Grade - The Power of Words
  •     5th Grade - Digital Citizenship Pledge

Middle School - Two 45-minute lessons per grade per year or all lessons in 6th grade benchmark year.

  •     6th Grade - Safe Online Talk; Scams and Schemes
  •     7th Grade - Trillion Dollar Footprint; Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line
  •     8th Grade - Which Me Should I Be?; Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

High School - One 45-minute lesson per grade per year or all lessons in 9th grade benchmark year.

  •     9th Grade - Private Today, Public Tomorrow
  •     10th Grade - Risky Online Relationships
  •     11th Grade - College Bound
  •     12th Grade - Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying

“Districts need a one-stop solution to CIPA compliance, which is what these courses offer,” said Lorion. “But just as important, they are looking for solutions to the behavioral challenges that happen with digital media and kids. This provides them a solution for both.”

About Knowledge Delivery Systems
Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) creates and delivers online and blended-model strategic professional development solutions to districts, teachers and schools. KDS´s award-winning eClassroom™ platform enables schools and districts to optimize their instructional practice with customized programs tailored to their specific goals and to engage collaboratively in virtual learning communities. KDS´s diverse library of research-based and relevant courses, given by today´s most revered industry experts, impart key strategies, tools and knowledge to enrich and improve the educational experience. For more, visit http://www.kdsi.org.

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. Our education programs have been adopted by a network of more than 50,000 schools in all 50 states and 100 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.commonsense.org/educators.

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