Ethical AI for TK–12 Education Leaders

The 2022-2023 school year saw the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) from a fringe technology to a tool that has the potential to positively revolutionize education to benefit classroom instruction, support data use and its analysis, and aid in decision-making (Gallagher, 2023). While several large school districts responded to the emergence of generative AI products, such as ChatGPT, by banning them due to cheating and plagiarism concerns, some educators are using them to enhance support for students with disabilities and diverse language backgrounds, improve lesson planning and material selection, and personalize learning experiences for students.

How can education leaders support using generative AI and ChatGPT ethically in schools?

Education leaders can ensure fair and unbiased AI models are employed in school settings by:

  1. Ensuring that AI models are judged to be fair and trustworthy before using them in local school settings.
  2. Being aware of the potential for algorithmic bias and fairness issues in educational technology and digital innovations and taking steps to reduce or avoid harmful consequences.
  3. Promoting and managing academic integrity when using AI in the classroom, including managing expectations and ensuring that teachers, students, and the community understand the limitations of AI outputs.

This year, the 21CSLA Alameda Regional Academy, in partnership with the 21CSLA State Center, will address this need through a new community of practice (CoP) designed for site administrators and teacher leaders who wish to explore highly-touted generative AI-based tools, while generating a vision for implementing AI tools that ensure transparency and responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology through an equity and social justice lens.

In this professional learning series, participants will:

  • Critically examine the impact of AI on equity in education
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, and challenges related to the use of AI technologies in TK-12 systems
  • Develop guidelines to support the ethical use of AI in schools

Session topics include:

  • What are Generative AI and Large Language Models (LLM)?
  • Practice with Generative AI chatbots
  • Pedagogy that supports the ethical and equitable use of Generative AI
  • The potential opportunities driven by AI Assistants
  • Lesson planning with AI chatbots
  • AI-generated assessments
  • AI-generated student feedback
  • Creating ethical-AI use policies


Richard Zapien, Professional Learning Coordinator at the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy, Alameda Region

Dr. Jennifer Elemen, Digitally Mediated Learning Coordinator at the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy, State Center

Session Calendar 

This program is offered in a virtual and synchronous format. 

Session Date Time
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
May TBD, 2024 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Who Should Participate?

Site Administrators, EdTech Teachers, Teacher leaders, TOSAs


21CSLA programs are offered at no cost to participants employed in Title II districts and schools in six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano. 

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