Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Global Center for College and Career Readiness, and Ruth Brus, National Faculty at the Center and Vice President of Learning Services at Meteor Education, explored these questions in the edLeader Panel “Best Leadership Practices: Managing Devices and Technology for Distraction-Free Learning.”
While artificial intelligence and machine learning are not new technologies, recent leaps in the technology driving these tools are rapidly transforming our day-to-day lives. From sophisticated software programs that amazingly interpret keystrokes before they are made to financial institutions predicting purchasing habits to tools like ChatGPT creating sophisticated marketing materials, AI, or rather, generative AI, has burst onto the scene seemingly overnight.
Presented by Dustin Rimmey, Director of Speech and Debate and Social Sciences Teacher, Topeka High School (KS)
Moderated by Jennifer Ehehalt, Sr. Regional Manager, Midwest, Common Sense Education
The sudden release of ChatGPT to the general public in November of 2022 presented a number of new challenges to educational leaders, forcing them to add consideration of artificial intelligence (AI) systems to their to-do lists, which were already too long.
Presented by Alexa Volland, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning, The News Literacy Project; and Brittney Smith, Senior Manager of Education Partnerships, The News Literacy Project
Presented by Katie McNamara, Teacher Librarian at North High School (CA), and Program Director at Fresno Pacific University; and Lori Lynch, VP of Professional Learning, Britannica Education
Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman, Global Center for College and Career Readiness
Presented by Matthew Friedman, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Quakertown Community School District (PA); Kelly May-Vollmar, Ed.D., Superintendent, Desert Sands Unified School District (CA); David Miyashiro, Ed.D., Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District (CA); and Pete Just, CETL, Executive Director, Indiana CTO Council
Moderated by Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN/AASA EmpowerED Superintendents Initiative, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking)
Presented by Dr. Matthew Murphy, Retired Superintendent, Ramsey School District (NJ); Dr. Chandra Orrill, Executive Director, Rethink Learning Labs; and Dr. Erik Gundersen, Superintendent, Suffern Central School District (NY)
Moderated by Larry Cocco, Senior Professional Learning Consultant, edWeb.net
Each school year brings new challenges, but the key for school leaders is to convert these challenges into positive opportunities. During the edLeader Panel “Leading Learning in the 2023-2024 School Year: Challenges and Opportunities,” two superintendents who serve as the Chair and Co-Chair of the CoSN/AASA EmpowerED Superintendents Advisory Panel, along with the Executive Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, identified five areas of concern for this year and how they are addressing them.