Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

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1. Superintendents’ National Dialogue and NWEA

The Superintendents’ National Dialogue is an online community developed and hosted by NWEA for the purpose of facilitating dialogue among experienced public school superintendents about how to meet emerging educational needs in the United States.

This community is hosted by NWEA, but members set the agenda and drive the discussion. It is intended to give experienced practitioners a voice in educational policy. It is a place for superintendents to come together to engage in dialogue and share experiences, best practices and resources around topics of national importance and mutual interest, such as education reform. It is a place where NWEA and partner organizations may provide relevant information, but is not a forum for marketing or promotion of commercial products and services. Membership is by invitation only. If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the Contact Us form on sndhome.org

The Community features both public and private sections. Resources within the private sections of the Community are typically contributed by Superintendents’ National Dialogue members and are not the property of NWEA. If you would like to re-use or share content found in the private sections of the Community with non-members, you should contact the author directly for permission.

2. Acceptance of Terms/Overview

Please read, understand and abide by the following guidelines listed below. These guidelines are intended to provide a productive, safe environment for all, as well as your typical exciting legal copy.

By registering as a user of this site, you agree to the Superintendents’ National Dialogue guidelines and rules that are found in the following section. Abuse of these rules may result in the suspension or deletion of your account.

3. Community Guidelines

To help get you started and maximize your experience we’ve established a few guidelines for your participation in the site.

Respect and Protect. We’re here to engage in Dialogue, as defined by Daniel Yankelovich: “a discussion that includes three essential elements: 1) equality and the absence of coercive influences 2) listening with empathy and 3) bringing assumptions into the open without judgment.” While we encourage you to engage and collaborate, we ask that you show respect and help promote Dialogue within the community at all times. Behavior that inhibits Dialogue is unacceptable. Inappropriate content will be deleted by our administrator, and the offending member will be warned or removed from the community. If you encounter content on the site that you feel is in violation of these guidelines, please report it to admin@sndhome.org.

Share. The opportunity to exchange ideas and resources is something we’re really excited about. Please remember to give proper credit by citing your sources and providing links where appropriate.

Participate. Feel free to comment, chime in, elaborate, and reply to anything happening in our community. We’re all here to help each other so we invite you to pose questions and add to the conversation.

Don’t Solicit. Our community is here for people to contribute, participate, and discuss. Please don’t use the Superintendents’ National Dialogue for any advertising or self-promotion. We invite you to share links and resources you find that bring value and pique the interest of your fellow community members.

Let Us Know. We want to know what you like and don’t like, and what else you’d like to see. The community is always evolving so please stay in touch and let us know what you think. Send comments and suggestions to admin@sndhome.org.

If you have questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact the administrator at admin@sndhome.org.

4. Privacy Policy

Email Addresses

We require your email address, name, city and state upon registration. Your information will not be shared with other organizations without your permission. This information is used only for confirming your registration details and password, resetting your password, and sending notifications of new content posted on the site or information relevant to Superintendents’ National Dialogue activities.

Cookies

This website uses cookies to enhance your experience using the site. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and sent to the website whenever you visit. You need to have cookies enabled to use the website effectively. No email addresses or any personal data are stored in these cookies.

IP Address

Your IP address is a number that is unique to your computer on your current ISP’s network. Our site may record this number so that we can enforce our terms and conditions should they be seriously violated e.g. where material posted breaks any applicable law.

Web Server Logs/Statistics

Like most websites, we keep a running record of what pages are requested on our site. Our web server logs contain information about what pages are most popular, and how many pages are viewed in a given time period. sndhome.org may also use external web statistics services, such as Google Analytics.

5. Registration

a) Types of accounts

Member – Permits access to the private section of the site where you may initiate and participate in discussions, view and opt-in to receive notifications of site activity, view Member profiles, and create and collaborate in authoring documents. You may also post comments on the public section of the site.

Hub Leader – As a Hub Leader, you get the same access as a Member, and you may also have the ability to create and moderate discussions and other content.

Public – No registration is required to view the public section of the site.

b) Registration

Membership is by invitation only and requires a valid email address, your first and last name, and your location (city and state). Once registered, an email is sent to the email address listed to validate registration. It provides directions for password setup and other information about using the site. This email address is not made public and will only be used for the Superintendents’ National Dialogue to reset or send a new password or provide certain news or notifications by email.

c) Profile Page

Superintendents’ National Dialogue member profile pages display the following elements: name, email address, location and organizational affiliation. This information is visible to other members, but members can choose to restrict access to individual elements, except name.

6. Communication (Blogs, forums, posts, and comments)

The Superintendents’ National Dialogue website offers you and other members the ability to read “blogs”, create “forums,” and participate in discussions focused on particular topic areas. A “forum” refers to a bulletin board, user comment area, virtual community or other means for you to engage in collaborative commentary or discussion. Blogs, forums and discussions are offered for personal, non-commercial use only. You shall not, without NWEA’s express written approval, distribute or otherwise publish via any of the communication channels any material containing any solicitation of funds, promotion, advertising, or solicitation for goods or services.

As with all communication channels, the privilege to create forums and participate in discussions is dependent on continued compliance with these Terms of Service, specifically including the Community Guidelines listed below. NWEA may revoke privileges, terminate registration/account or take any other measures deemed by NWEA to be appropriate, in its sole discretion, to enforce these Terms of Service if violations are brought to our attention. You agree that Superintendents’ National Dialogue forums and discussions are the property of NWEA and the Superintendents’ National Dialogue community, and we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change, remove or replace any forum or discussion for any reason.

In addition to any other rights or remedies available to it, NWEA reserves the right to immediately suspend, terminate, access and investigate the user account of any user upon receipt of a subpoena or law enforcement request, or when NWEA believes, in its sole discretion, that a user is transmitting or is otherwise connected with the distribution of unsolicited bulk email messages (SPAM) or any harassing messages or Forum posts, or with any fraudulent, misleading, illegal or otherwise objectionable activities.

7. Resource Library

The Superintendents’ National Dialogue has a Resource Library. Access to content in the Resource Library may be restricted to members only. NWEA does not and cannot review all resources posted in the private section of sndhome.org or created by members accessing the Resource Library, and it is not in any manner responsible for the content of these communications or the activities of these members. As a member, you acknowledge that by providing you with the ability to view and distribute resources through the Resource Library, the Superintendents’ National Dialogue is merely acting as a passive conduit for the distribution of such information, and is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to the content or the users’ activities. Accordingly, NWEA does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, completeness, non-infringement or quality of such content. NWEA and its respective affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and board do not undertake or assume any duty to monitor the Superintendents’ National Dialogue Community for inappropriate content. You understand that by using sndhome.org and Resource Library, you may be exposed to content that is you may find offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will NWEA be liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted on or via the Superintendents’ National Dialogue Community or Resource Library. NWEA and its respective affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and board assume no responsibility or liability which may arise from the content thereof, including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, libel, slander, infringement, invasion of privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, pornography, profanity, fraud, or misrepresentation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, NWEA reserves the right to block or remove communications, postings or materials that it determines to be (a) abusive, defamatory, or obscene, (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading; (c) in violation of a copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, intellectual property or other rights of another or (d) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to the Superintendents’ National Dialogue, in its sole discretion.

8. Intellectual Property

As a member of the Superintendents’ National Dialogue Community, you will be able to incorporate various forms of content into forums, discussions and resources. NWEA does not claim ownership of the content you upload and post on the site. The content will be owned by you or a third party from whom you got permission to post the content. By placing content in the Superintendents’ National Dialogue Community, however, you grant NWEA a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, display, modify, adapt and publish the content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your post within the Superintendents’ National Dialogue Community. NWEA may preserve and store content, and may also disclose content if required to do so by law or if NWEA believes in good faith that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process (e.g., subpoenas); (b) enforce these Terms of Service; (c) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of its members and the public.

The member, and not NWEA, will be fully responsible for all content that is uploaded, posted, transmitted or otherwise made available by the member. NWEA cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. NWEA does not pre-screen Content, but will have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is posted for any reason, including content that may violate these Terms, or that is otherwise objectionable. NWEA also cannot take responsibility for anything that other members may do in reliance on the content you post.

9. Third Party Content

NWEA respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you choose to add photos or links to media, such as videos or audio, to supplement your content NWEA requires that you upload or transmit only content that does not infringe any trademark, copyright, or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party and include any copyright notices as attribution. By posting any content, you represent and warrant that you have the lawful right to distribute and reproduce such Content. NWEA may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, terminate the accounts of users who infringe the intellectual property rights of others. NWEA will remove infringing materials in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if properly notified that content infringes copyright.

10. Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless NWEA, officers, directors, employees, affiliates and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from:

Your use of and access to the Site;

Your violation of any term of these Terms of Service;

Your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or

Any claim that one of your Submissions caused damage to a third party. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive these Terms of Service and your use of the Site.

11. Limitation of Liability

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT NWEA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF NWEA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (I) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SUPERINTENDENTS’ NATIONAL DIALOGUE SITE OR SERVICES; (II) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES; (III) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (IV) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICES; OR (V) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICES OR OPERATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENTS’ NATIONAL DIALOGUE COMMUNITY SITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL NWEA’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO MEMBERS OR PARTICIPANTS FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE) EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING THE SUPERINTENDENTS’ NATIONAL DIALOGUE COMMUNITY SITE.

You acknowledge and agree that NWEA and its respective affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, board or officers shall not be responsible or liable for (i) any unauthorized access to or alteration of your Submission; (ii) any Submission sent or received or not sent or received and (iii) any Submission stored on storage devices owned, operated or controlled by NWEA. You acknowledge and agree that NWEA and its respective affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, boards or officers shall not be responsible or liable for any Submission or conduct of any third party, including, but not limited to, content sent using and/or included within the Services provided by any other user of the Superintendents’ National Dialogue site or any third party licensors or suppliers of NWEA or the Superintendents’ National Dialogue.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF ANY OF THE EXCLUSIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION IS DETERMINED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION TO BE UNENFORCEABLE, THEN ALL SUCH EXPRESS, IMPLIED AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH YOU FIRST ACCESS THE SERVICES, AND NO WARRANTIES SHALL APPLY AFTER SUCH PERIOD.