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AI in K-12 Education Convening

This event prioritizes insights into the transformative potential of generative AI in education, strategies to empower educators through innovative AI-driven teaching tools, ethical considerations surrounding AI implementation in education, collaboration with fellow state leaders on the critical guidelines and guardrails for responsible AI integration, and the future of education by ensuring equitable access to AI-enhanced learning.

Goals & Outcomes

  • An overview of the North Carolina landscape related to AI in K-12
  • Future one-pagers on specific focus areas identified by presenters, panelists and/or participants
  • Critical questions from specific stakeholder groups in job-alike conversations (DPI leaders, superintendents, CTOs/tech directors, NC State’s College of Education collaborators and other non-profit education partners)
  • Field-driven and needs-driven resources and materials to empower and equip North Carolina educators
  • Recommendations for further action related to state or local policy/practices, guidance and guardrails for student engagement with AI, position statements for districts and schools, and more!
To address AI integration in classes, schools and districts, the Friday Institute hosted an AI in K-12 Convening of key stakeholders Nov. 15 to empower educators, address ethical considerations of AI, collaborate with state leaders on the critical guidelines and guardrails for responsible AI integration and ensure equitable access to AI-enhanced learning.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Friday Institute for Educational Innovation


  • 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast and AI Immersion Lab
    – AI + Ethics
    – AI + Classroom Applications
    – AI + Images
    – AI + Sound
    – AI + SparkLabs
  • 9:30 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:45 a.m. | Keynote Speakers
    Dr. Pati Ruiz, Digital Promise
    – Dr. James Lester, AI Institute for Engaged Learning
  • 10:30 a.m. | Table Talk: Landscape of AI in K-12 Education
  • 10:45 a.m. | Break
  • 10:55 a.m. | AI in Action Panel
    – Dr. Krista Glazewski, Friday Institute
    – Dr. Crystal Chen Lee, NCSU
    – Amanda Moore, Center Grove Community Schools
    – Dr. Thomas Price, NCSU
  • 11:30 a.m. | Table Talk: Putting AI into Action
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch & Job-Alike Conversations
    – Superintendents & District Leaders with Dr. Anthony Jackson, Chatham County Schools
    – CTOs and Tech/Digital Learning Directors with Pete Just, CoSN SME on AI
    – NCDPI with Charlotte Dungan, TeachAI with
    – NCSU and IHEs with Laura Fogle, METRC
    – Education Partners
  • 12:45 p.m. | Invited Speaker
    Haesol Bae, University at Albany, SUNY
  • 1:00 p.m. | Agreements, Use & Policies Panel with Keith Krueger, COSN
    – Amanda Bickerstaff, AI for Education (virtual)
    – Diane Dulaney, NCDPI
    – Charlotte Dungan, TeachAI at
    – Dr. Pati Ruiz, Digital Promise
  • 1:40 p.m. | Breakout Sessions A
  • 2:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions B
  • 2:50 p.m. | Fireside Chat: AI Fluency & Transformation
  • 3:10 p.m. | Table Talk: Your Recommendations for AI in K12 Education
  • 3:25 p.m. | Next Steps and Closure

Keynote Speakers

Pati Ruiz

Dr. Pati Ruiz is a senior learning sciences and emerging technologies researcher at Digital Promise. She is a former K-12 technology leader and teacher, with 16 years of experience teaching Spanish and computer science. Her research focuses on the equitable and ethical use of emerging technologies in education, with a particular focus on critical AI, accessible web design and educator professional learning. She is a 2023 Women Leaders in AI Fellow with the EdSAFE AI Alliance and was named to the 2022 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics by Women in AI Ethics.

James Lester

James C. Lester is the Goodnight Distinguished University Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at North Carolina State University. He is the director of the Center for Educational Informatics and the director of the National Science Foundation AI Institute for Engaged Learning. His research centers on transforming education with artificial intelligence. His current work ranges from AI-driven narrative-centered learning environments and virtual agents for learning to multimodal learning analytics and sketch-based learning environments.

James Lester

Haesol Bae

Dr. Bae is an assistant professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research brings together problem-based learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and teacher education in STEM education. She seeks to understand how teachers can play a central role in supporting student learning while utilizing emerging educational technology, such as AI. She is also collaborating with K-12 teachers to co-design an AI curriculum for middle schoolers to support locally relevant practices, with a focus on how AI impacts students’ lives and the ethical considerations surrounding AI.

Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore is the District Innovation Coach for Center Grove Community Schools. She plans and implements programming for the Innovation Center, develops and supports the implementation of computer science curriculum, and supports classroom teachers in best practices with STEM, computer science, AI integration, and blended learning. Amanda has also partnered with Indiana University on a number of co-design projects including Primary AI, Integrate AI, and AI Goes Rural, to develop AI curriculum materials for teachers and students.

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