AI is Forcing School Districts to Upskill Teachers 

 February 8, 2023

By  James Brauer

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With AI quickly becoming the norm in many school districts, it is essential to ensure that teachers and staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to use these generative AI tools ethically and responsibly.

At the heart of this issue lies an ethical responsibility for school districts to upskill their teachers and staff on the proper usage of AI tools. After all, Generative AI has the potential to revolutionize education by creating personalized learning modules and assessments, grading assignments and so much more.

However, alongside this potential comes certain risks, such as algorithmic bias and data privacy concerns. As such, school districts should create clear policies related to the safe and responsible use of AI, but also invest in providing teachers and staff with the resources they need to understand and uphold the ethical use of generative AI tools.

Only then can we ensure that our education systems provide both students and educators with a secure and supportive environment when using generative AI tools, enabling them to make the most out of technology’s opportunities.

AI Standards for Student Learning

The AI Standards for Student Learning framework, developed by Dr. James Brauer, is designed to facilitate the integration of AI-based writing tools into classroom teaching practices.  

The framework encourages students to become competent digital citizens by honing their ability to evaluate and apply digital resources in an educational context, and offers teachers the opportunity to develop their professional skills in using and implementing AI writing tools within their curricula.  

The framework aligns with curriculum objectives and aims, and enhances student digital literacy, while also fostering fairness, accessibility, accuracy and relevance with AI writing tools.  

The objectives of this framework are to provide classroom teachers with a set of standards that enable them to effectively use AI tools in their teaching practices, to maximize student learning outcomes, and to ensure that the use of AI writing tools aligns with ethical principles and guidelines. 

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James Brauer

James Brauer, Ed.D., MBA is currently Director of Graduate Education at Avila University. Previously he was a virtual school administrator of a public online school serving students throughout the state of Iowa. Brauer has also served as an assistant principal and special education teacher. He is passionate about leadership and management, health and wellness, and personal development.

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