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Education’s “Before and After” Moment

By January 30, 2023No Comments

By Christian Talbot, President of MSA-CESS

Reach Capital co-founder Jennifer Carolan knows a thing or two about the intersection of classroom teaching and artificial intelligence.

For seven years she taught in traditional public schools. Then, after earning her Master’s in Education from Stanford University, she began investing in educational technology.

In our recent conversation about AI in education, Jennifer and I agreed that education is at the threshold of a “before and after” moment. We talked about four key takeaways for school leaders:

  1. Develop an AI policy now.
  2. Define what great learning looks like so that AI does not amplify weak practice.
  3. Encourage teachers and students to experiment with generative AI tools.
  4. Provide time and resources for teachers to become comfortable with AI tools. Don’t simply put one more thing on teachers’ plates.

This landscape is rapidly changing. The following resources will orient you:

Middle States will continue to keep a close watch on the impact of AI on education, and share our findings.

In the meantime, please register for our next “Year of the Middle States Network” event on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. EST, when I will sit down with acclaimed author Annie Murphy Paul. We will discuss her latest book, The Extended Mind, about how we can tap the intelligence that exists beyond our brains—in our bodies, our surroundings, and our relationships.


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