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EdPolicy Leaders Online: Meet Holly Glover from Arkansas


• ExcelinEd

We are pleased to introduce Holly Glover, EdPolicy Leaders Online’s latest featured participant. Holly recently completed Data Privacy? Get Schooled!, one of ExcelinEd’s three free, self-paced online courses available for policymakers.Holly Glover_Headshot

As the Director of Data Use & Privacy for the Arkansas Department of Education, Holly Glover is responsible for implementing policies and procedures to safeguard student data and promote effectively using data to guide instructional improvement. She is also responsible for the StudentGPS dashboards, Arkansas Student Intervention System and other statewide programs available to educators across the state. Holly has over 14 years of experience in education. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas Tech University and obtained her Masters of Education from the University of Arkansas. She resides in Cabot, Arkansas, with her husband, Steve, and their three daughters.

We asked Holly:

Why are you passionate about education reform?

Education reform is the process of shaping this system until it works effectively for all our students. It’s not one individual or agency’s responsibility to ensure students are successful. Rather, it takes everyone working together to make sure we are preparing our students for their future. Everyone should have a voice in educational reform—parents, teachers, administrators, state officials, policy makers. It requires collaboration among these stakeholders to successfully progress. Technology has opened doors and created opportunities that were not previously possible. With these opportunities, comes the inherent responsibility to not only safeguard student data, but to also teach students the importance of online safety and digital citizenship.

Why did you enroll in EdPolicy Leaders Online?

Enrolling in EdPolicy Leaders Online allowed me to take a self-paced course focused on my individual areas of interest. The presenters within the course are subject matter experts on Data Privacy and the key role that states should have in building policies that protect our students.

What was your biggest take away from Data Privacy? Get Schooled.?

The course identified the importance of using educational data to improve instructional outcomes for students and provided valuable lessons learned from existing and emerging policies in education.  Serving in my role as the Director of Data Use and Privacy, I must stay current on best practices. I felt that this course offered a different perspective that applied what works for other industries to the educational setting. The ability to hear lessons learned and drawing on experience of others, allows me to have a broad picture of what is going on nationwide so I can stay current with trends and resources that help the state.

Did the course help to address specific challenges you face in your current role?

In 2015, Arkansas passed two new data privacy laws, one of which provides important data governance and privacy protections.  With the data privacy on the forefront of many states, it is critical to have clear, consistent communication about what student data is being used, who has access, and a clear understanding of how data is being used to improve educational outcomes for our students.  The course provided specific information on data privacy, safeguarding student data and highlighted the efforts made to for all parties to better understand how data is being utilized in educational settings.

How do you think it can help others involved in education reform?

This course would be really beneficial for educators who need to understand their role in the privacy process and how educational data is being used to help individual instruction to better meet the needs of all students.  The information within the course not only had great information from leading experts, but was full of practical resources that I could use and apply within my own state.

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