EdTech Hero: Doug Casey protects Connecticut's students from privacy threats


Doug Casey has championed initiatives for an assortment of critical topics in education, but his work with student data privacy has put him at the forefront of one of the most significant challenges presented by educational technology.

With the enactment of Connecticut’s first student data privacy law, the state’s K-12 districts are now required to audit a seemingly endless collection of software titles to discover which ones comply with the new regulations. Casey, the executive director of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology (CET), is heading up the effort to simplify that process.

Casey led the development of Connecticut’s Educational Software Hub — a site that allows software providers to sign a privacy pledge and makes the search for compliant vendors more manageable for the state’s 169 school districts. This project is estimated to save approximately 80,000 staff hours and $5 million in indirect costs this year alone, Casey told EdScoop.

Additionally, Casey negotiated with large educational technology providers — such as Google, Apple and Microsoft — to revise their terms for the districts and led the development of a comprehensive toolkit that guides districts as they adapt to the state’s new standards.

Casey’s role in leveraging technology doesn’t end here, though. In his position at CET, Casey worked with more than 70 subject matter experts to identify and discuss the state’s most pressing needs before crafting the first Connecticut educational technology plan in more than a decade.

With this plan, the state is making strides toward the improvement of student technology proficiency standards, digital equity campaigns, the adoption of open educational resources and advocacy for a state broadband network.

Read more from EdScoop’s series “EdTech Heroes: 25 State Leaders Making a Difference.”