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ChatGPT has been part of the public consciousness for only a little more than a year. But in some places, it is already transforming students’ writing experiences, helping teachers create lesson plans and quizzes more efficiently, and prompting educators’ to rethink what skills students will need for future jobs.

Elsewhere—and sometimes as close by as the classroom down the hall—educators are banning the tool outright or asking students to complete assignments in paper and pencil to avoid cheating.

And in some cases, it is unclear what district leaders want. More than three-quarters—79 percent—of educators say their districts still do not have clear policies on the use of artificial intelligence tools, according to an EdWeek Research Center survey of 924 educators conducted in November and December.

What are the best practices in crafting AI policies—should schools ban the technology, wholly embrace it, or something in between? What are the questions district and state leaders should ask themselves as they chart their course on AI? And where does AI literacy and professional development for teachers fit in this picture?

This webinar will explore those questions, offering practical tips from educators and experts on how to approach this rapidly evolving technology while remaining mindful of core principles such as student privacy and academic honesty.

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Speakers
Pati Ruiz
Pati Ruiz is a Senior Director of Edtech and Emerging Technologies at Digital Promise where she leads the Edtech and Emerging Technologies team. Drawing upon the strong base of research, development, and programmatic activities across Digital Promise, Pati and the Edtech team lead Digital Promise’s overarching education technology strategy with the goal to transform how educators, learners, and communities use technology to improve learning. Pati previously spent four years on the Learning Sciences Research team at Digital Promise as a Senior Research Scientist, focusing on such topics as emerging learning technologies, critical AI, computer science education, public interest technology, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and professional learning. Prior to joining Digital Promise, Pati spent 16 years teaching Middle School and High School Spanish and computer sciences and serving as a school administrator. 
Dr. Kip Glazer
Dr. Kip Glazer is a proud Principal of Mountain View High School in Mountain View California, home of Google and in the heart of Silicon Valley. She has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, and school administrator for over two decades. She is passionate about connecting researchers and practitioners. She holds a Learning Technologies Doctorate from Pepperdine University, and she has expertise in AI, game-based learning, and educational technologies. In recent years, she participated in several AI-related webinars hosted by Educator CIRCLS, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. She also participated in the webinar hosted by the US Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology at the launch of the official report, “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning.” She is a 2023 CSTA Equity Fellow and a member of the Engage AI Practitioner Advisory Board. She is an experienced writer, speaker, and presenter. You can find her on LinkedIn.
Vera Cubero
I am an experienced educator with a wide range of experience in K12 education at the school, district, and state levels. I have a passion for guiding educators and leaders through various technological innovations, including the implementation of generative AI in K12 education, with a strong emphasis on promoting AI Literacy. I currently work as the Western Region Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant for the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

In this role, I have created frameworks and content to guide educators in AI literacy and ethical use as well as designed and delivered dozens of training sessions to hundreds of education leaders and teachers on various topics related to AI in education. Additionally, I led North Carolina’s AI steering committee that published the ‘NC Generative AI implementation Recommendations and Considerations for PK-13 Schools, a comprehensive guidebook for education leaders. View it at https://go.ncdpi.gov/AI_Guidelines. I am honored to serve on the Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Artificial Intelligence in Education and to be part of EdSafe Alliance AI Catalyst Fellowship.
Jerry Almendarez
Jerry Almendarez’ career in education spans over 30 years and includes experience as a
classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Mr. Almendarez also served as Director of
Human Resources for Colton Joint Unified from 2003 to 2007, Assistant Superintendent of Human
Resources from 2007 to 2010 and Superintendent from 2010-2020. As the Superintendent of
Schools for the Santa Ana Unified School District, Jerry Almendarez is responsible for leading one
of the largest school districts in the State, with 56 schools and programs, approximately 5,000
employees, and an expense budget of $890.6 million.

Mr. Almendarez has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Redlands,
and a bachelor’s degree in business/finance from Cal State San Bernardino. Mr. Almendarez has
also taught as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and the University of Redlands,
and was named a 2019 Ted-Ed Innovative Educator. In 2020 Jerry Almendarez was named CALSA
Region 6 Superintendent of the Year.
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Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor, Education Week
Alyson Klein is a veteran education writer who has covered K-12 schools for more than a dozen years. She covers the latest developments in educational technology, including topics such personalized learning, data privacy, digital curricula, cybersecurity, and teacher professional development. She is also the lead writer for Technology Counts, Education Week’s annual report about the state of educational technology.
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