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AI Education Summit convenes education leaders to ready students for AI revolution

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TIES and aiEDU partner to help STEM educators inspire AI learning in their classrooms and communities

CLEVELAND – [Sept. 7, 2023]
More than 150 education leaders from across Northeast Ohio are expected to join a summit Sept. 11, in Cleveland to explore the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on education.

Kristina Ishmael, deputy director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, will be the keynote speaker and will be joined by Marianna Bonanome, director of education, SandBoxAQ; Tiffany Taylor, chief people and impact officer, GSV, Global Silicon Valley; and Steven Eno, designer of Project LEO, Davinci Schools.

The 2023 Northern Ohio AI Education Summit will focus on how educators can respond to rapid advances in AI and the technology’s impact on students. Generative AI models such as ChatGPT, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and DALL-E have captured the attention of teachers, parents and students across the country.

The summit, hosted at the Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes Wing and organized by the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) and The AI Education Project (aiEDU), includes a half-day seminar for senior education officials and administrators to empower them with tools and curricula that integrate AI throughout core subjects and computer science. An evening reception will bring together educators, community partners, civic leaders, and AI practitioners to encourage further discussion and help foster connections between leaders in government, academia, nonprofits and the tech community.

aiEDU and TIES are established partners in facilitating professional development opportunities for STEM educators across the country. The summit is the first of several events planned for 2023 that will tap education leaders and inspire them to champion AI education in their districts and communities.

“This summit is happening at a critical time when educators are just beginning to grapple with the impact of AI in the classroom,” said Jan Morrison, President and Founder of TIES. “This event is an opportunity to offer educators tools and strategies that will empower them to embrace AI to benefit their students, including those from communities most at risk for disruption from AI advancement.”, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates equitable learning experiences to excite and empower students with AI literacy, offers several free curricular products on its website that can be directly accessed by K12 educators, making it easy to integrate discussions, debates, and project-based learning that connect AI with core subjects and STEM courses

“aiEDU has spent the last four years advocating for equitable access to foundational AI education for all students. It used to be hard to capture teachers’ attention to address what seemed like a far-off technology and challenge,” said Alex Kotran, Co-founder and CEO of aiEDU. “Over the last two months, as the world has seen what even a relatively old model like ChatGPT is capable of, there has been a sudden realization that this is no longer a problem for futurists—it’s clear and present. Thankfully, there is a path forward for schools everywhere to respond, in the form of educator empowerment through teacher training and high quality, free, standards-aligned curricula that any K12 teacher can use.”

Other speakers planned for the 2023 Northern Ohio AI Education Summit are: Jeremy Shorr, director of digital innovation and early learning, TIES; Nigamanth Sridhar, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Cleveland State University; Nick Barendt, executive director, Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems (ISSACS), co-executive director, IoT Collaborative; Alex Kotran, founder and CEO, aiEDU; and Chelsey Cook Kohn, director, Tech Talent Pipeline, CSforCLE, a collaborative effort between Cleveland State University and Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

TIES leads the global STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, made up of 100 communities operating across the globe, and is focused on improving STEM opportunities for all with strong connections to workforce needs of today and tomorrow.

About The AI Education Project (aiEDU)
aiEDU is a non-profit organization that creates equitable learning experiences that excite and empower students with AI literacy. Curricula from the AI Education Project is free for educators.
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About TIES and The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice
With philanthropic support from some of the nation’s leading businesses and foundations, TIES STEM Learning Ecosystems have grown to encompass 100 Ecosystems in 34 states, including
a strong and growing network of connected STEM Ecosystems in Ohio. While all Ecosystems work to improve STEM learning for all, no two Ecosystems are exactly alike. TIES facilitates the
design of Ecosystems and the sharing of learning among them.

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