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Building Bridges Between School Districts and EdTech Symposium

Goals & Outcomes

  • Landscape of AI in Education and Edtech: Developing a baseline understanding of the current and potential impact of AI in education among all stakeholders. Fostering strong collaboration between school districts, edtech companies, researchers, and education leaders to address common challenges and leverage opportunities.
  • Analysis and Aspirations for AI in Education: Identifying critical needs of school districts in implementing AI technologies and the gaps in current edtech offerings. Working collaboratively to outline actionable strategies and solutions that address these identified needs and gaps, focusing on immediate and long-term requirements.
  • Frameworks for AI in Education’s Evaluation and Innovation: Developing actionable short-term and long-term recommendations for education, focusing on safety, efficacy, and ethical considerations. Encouraging innovation in edtech that aligns with these frameworks, ensuring that developments are responsive to the evolving needs of educational institutions.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 A.M. to 3:45 P.M.
  • Venue: Friday Institute for Educational Innovation


  • Today’s Slidedeck
  • 8:45 a.m. | Check-in
    Enjoy coffee and a light breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:30 a.m. | Opening Panel: “Insights and Best Practices from Education Leaders”
    – Dr. Pati Ruiz, Digital Promise
    – Monica Watts, 1EdTech
    – Marlo Gaddis, CoSN
    – Patrick Gittisriboongul, Lynwood Unified School District
  • 10:15 a.m. | Table Talk – Systems, Principles, & Frameworks
  • 10:50 a.m. | Break
  • 11:00 a.m. | SOAR Analysis on AI in Education
  • 12:15 p.m. | Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. | Panel: Safe and Ethical AI Integration in EdTech
    – Emily Russo, Clarity Innovations
    – Rich Henderson, Merlyn Mind
    – Patrick Devanney, ClassLink
    – Emma Braaten, Friday Institute
  • 1:30 p.m. | Bridging Needs and Solutions, part 1 – Setting Priorities
  • 2:00 p.m. | Break
  • 2:15 p.m. | Bridging Needs and Solutions, part 2 – Collaborative Action Planning
  • 3:30 p.m. | Reflections, Commitments & Next Steps

Programmatic Partners and Sponsors


The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has partnered with Microsoft, Classlink, Advanced Learning Partnerships and Merlyn Mind to design relevant and engaging opportunities throughout the day for our NC education community.