Your Privacy Matters

TeachersConnnect is a network of educators that provides safe, trusted access to mentorship, collaboration, and instructional resources.  We take the words “safe” and “trusted” very seriously.

As educators use the network, TeachersConnect looks for patterns and creates data reports—always anonymously and always in the aggregate—which give teacher prep programs a feedback loop for improvement and a way to help their alumni grow comfortable and strong in the very complex role of “teacher.”

This bears repeating: The information we share about teachers is always anonymous and always in the aggregate. With one exception…

…Teacher prep programs really want their graduates’ email address to find out how they did in preparing them for the classroom and to offer them continuous opportunities to grow as a teacher. As a result, we share with them some basic demographic information that helps them determine whether they’re meeting their goals as a prep program:

    1. Name and email
    2. Name of district and school
    3. Position (e.g teacher, math coach, principal)
    4. Grade level and subject

This is the only information they’ll receive about you with your identifying information attached.

TeachersConnect is dedicated to giving teachers easy access to the tools and people they need to succeed as a teacher and grow as an educator. Having an individual supervisor, employer, professor, or colleague track teachers’ usage and growth without their permission is 100% antithetical to that. It won’t happen on TeachersConnect.

Likewise, TeachersConnect aims to allow teacher prep programs to develop an enduring relationship with their alumni and to get real-time information on their experiences as students and early-career teachers. Any reports that compare one institution to another will be created without identifying information and only in the spirit of inquiry and programmatic improvement.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m an educator or a teaching candidate and I use the network of mentorship and collaboration

Who sees my information and in what form do they see it?
When another member views your profile, they see your first and last name, your profile picture, your banner background, and your bio. Based on your profile visibility settings, additional information may be made available for other members to view as well. In addition, most users have the ability to search for your activity on the site (e.g. contributions to a discussion, files you’ve uploaded, groups you belong to). If you regularly make valuable contributions, people are going to want to search for your posts.

Can I change the name that people see for me in the community?
Yes. You can customize this in your user profile.

Will my employer/supervisor/school leader have access to what I share on TeachersConnect?
All comments or files posted on TeachersConnect are attributed to their authors by default.  It is possible, based on where the content is posted, that all members of the community can access what you have shared and see your attribution to it.  If you want to send a message that is only visible to certain people, we recommend these two options:

  1. Send a direct message to as many people as you want using the “Messages” area.
  2. Create a private group and only invite certain members. In fact, you can create a group that is so private that it won’t appear on the group directory.
  3. Do you share my personal information with anyone?

We share the following demographic information with your teacher preparation alma mater:

  • Name and email
  • District and school name
  • Position (e.g. teacher, math coach, principal)
  • Grade level and subject

Aside from that, your personal information is shared with no one.

Can I have access to usage information about me?
We’ve heard that some of you would like a report on your TeachersConnect activity because you’re curious or because you’d like to use it to show a colleague or supervisor how you’re contributing to a powerful community of teachers. We can’t do that yet, but stay tuned because we understand why you’re asking for this.

Will my name and usage information ever be shared with someone else (e.g. employer, supervisor, school leader, colleague)?
No. TeachersConnect does not share personally identifiable usage data.

Will anything I post in TeachersConnect show up in a general Internet search of my name?
No. The content published in the TeachersConnect community is inaccessible to the general public.

What other kinds of information do you collect?
TeachersConnect collects general usage and engagement information about everyone that uses our network.

How do you use the information you collect?
Primarily this information is used internally to understand how the network is used and provide data that informs development initiatives to improve our service to you.  Sometimes this information is also used in generalized reports to TPPs.  Whenever this happens, the data is always reported anonymously and in the aggregate.

Who owns the information you collect?
TeachersConnect.

How long do you save information about me?
You should assume that any information we have will be stored indefinitely.

 

I help direct a teacher prep program and I use the data reports

What kind of information is on the data reports?
TeachersConnect provides reports that teacher prep programs use for a variety of reasons including programmatic feedback, curriculum review, new-teacher outreach and support, and evidence for accreditation and compliance. The reports include information on what instructional topics tend to come up and when in the school year they arise; what time of day teachers tend to use the network and what kind of devices they’re using; where graduates are teaching and how long they’ve been there; and other evolving trends or patterns that would help the teacher prep programs improve their work in getting teachers ready for the rigors of the classroom.

How do you collect the information for your data reports?
Information is collated from user contributions and usage metrics as members use the features of the TeachersConnect network.

Who sees the data reports about my institution?
When you enter an agreement with TeachersConnect, you determine the people in your department who should have access to the data reports. With the exception of certain TeachersConnect personnel who are involved in data analysis and product development, the people you assign are the only people who have the right to view the reports.

Is information about my institution ever shared with anyone else? If so, in what form will it be shared?
Many of our teacher prep partners are interested in seeing how they compare to their peers. To meet that need, we plan to create comparative reports that show information about other teacher prep programs without naming them or providing enough information to identify them. For example, you might get a report that compares your data with that of the other teacher prep programs in your region or the other program of your size.  In such a case, the report would only include information that does not identify the specific prep program, or the information would be aggregated to call out trends and averages.

Who owns the information and the reports?
TeachersConnect. Our agreement allows you to use the reports in a wide variety of ways (e.g. department reports, academic research, accreditation reports, program evaluation), but the information is owned by TeachersConnect.

Can we reference the reports in our academic research and program evaluations?
Yes. And if there are other ways you’re hoping to use the information or if there’s other information you’d like to get, let us know. We want to be helpful.

What happens when we’re no longer a client?
If you choose to end your relationship with TeachersConnect, here’s what happens:

    1. Your graduates will continue to have access to a TeachersConnect account and will still to be able to use most of the services. They will, however, no longer have a direct line to you (e.g. your logo and announcements will not appear on their page; they may lose access to some of their mentors).
    2. You no longer have access to the data dashboard for your teacher prep program. All historical data related to your program and recorded on the network is kept by TeachersConnect.

Will any of the information be used for research purposes by TeachersConnect?
It’s possible. We are an organization of educators and former teachers. And we’re geeks. We’re driven to find ways to use the information to help improve the teaching field in general, and when the opportunity exists to do that, we’ll jump on it. Let us know if you’d like to propose a study with us. If we do use the information for research purposes, we will not include any information that identifies a specific teacher prep program without your written consent.

 

General Questions

Do you collect information that is not part of the reports to teachers or teacher prep programs?  Why?
We’re always aiming to develop new initiatives and improve our services to teachers and teacher prep programs. In order to do this, we constantly examine how the network is used.

How do we inform you of changes to our privacy policy?
Any time we make a change to the information here, we’ll send you an email, make a note on the TeachersConnect network, and update this document.

What should I do if I have a question that has not been answered above?
Contact us by sending an email to dave@teachersconnect.com