June 2, 2023 2:51 pm

WOBURN – Superintendent Matthew Crowley is pleased to share that Woburn Public Schools’ Director of Technologies and Innovation Jennifer Judkins attended an Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Fly-in occasion in Washington D.C. for the third consecutive year. 

Judkins attended the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Fly-in occasion, along with two other technology directors from Massachusetts and a representative from the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Workplace of Ed Tech, on Tuesday, May perhaps two, in Washington D.C. The occasion is created to facilitate discussion on educational technologies subjects in between representatives of college districts, states, education service agencies, members of Congress, their crucial congressional employees, and leaders of education experienced associations.

At the occasion, Judkins met with staffers from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, Sen. Ed Markey’s, and Rep. Catherine Clark’s offices, along with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairs, to advocate on matters of student information privacy, funding for cybersecurity response, and extra. 

“It was an honor to participate in the Ed Tech Advocacy occasion to connect with educational leaders from across the US who share several of the identical priorities about student information privacy, access to technologies, and cybersecurity,” stated Judkins. “Meetings with legislative employees offered a exceptional chance to share precise challenges and successes we face in Woburn to enable contextualize and hopefully influence policy choices moving forward.”

Discussions at the occasion focused on present difficulties such as e-Price, a grant system that aids to fund around 60 % of Woburn’s IT Infrastructure improvements annually, which includes the help to incorporate cybersecurity to defend student information.

Judkins helped facilitate discussions on supporting and safeguarding students’ personally identifiable details, as effectively as enhancing the K-12 Cybersecurity Act, as it has been noted as a substantial concern for K-12 schools provided the national rise in cyberattacks and vulnerability of students with regard to identity theft.

The homework gap was a further crucial subject, specifically advocating for creating the Emergency Connectivity Fund permanent. Woburn received more than $440,000 in ECF funding more than the previous two years to enable acquire student devices and help with world wide web service for low-earnings households.

“Jennifer’s dedication to technologies education and enhancing the lives of our students is apparent by means of her commitment to instruction and advocacy,” stated Superintendent Crowley. “Her attendance at the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Fly-in for the third year in a row demonstrates that commitment. We are extremely fortunate to have her right here in Woburn.”

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