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Charting the Future of Education: The Need for Leadership in AI Integration

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

The adoption of AI technology in schools isn’t really a matter of if, but when. Scan any major education media organization and you’ll find plenty of articles discussing blocking AI, AI’s being used to cheat, etc, but little is being said about how school leaders can begin to approach preparing for the paradigm shifts that are on the horizon. In a world that will become shaped by artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies, the role of leadership has never been more crucial. Today, school and district leaders are not just responsible for managing their institutions – they are the navigators guiding our educational ships through the uncharted waters of digital transformation.

While AI has the potential to revolutionize how we teach and learn, its successful integration into our schools is far from guaranteed. It requires a shift in our mindsets, how we align and allocate resources, the development of new knowledge skills and dispositions, and the changes in policy and both technical infrastructure and the infrastructure that supports learning. Navigating such complex change is not for the faint of heart, and will require leadership that is provisioned with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to navigate such change.

If you do some searching you will find policy briefs on AI, frameworks for how to prompt more effectively, strategies and tools for combatting plagiarism, and ideas for how to use AI in the classroom. These discussions, while helpful from a classroom and macro level, leave a gap in the discussion that exists around the integration of AI into education. Time is of the essence and there needs to be comprehensive frameworks designed specifically to guide school and district leaders in navigating the complexities of AI integration in their institutions.

“VISTA Framework enters the chat”

I’m excited to introduce the VISTA Framework. It’s designed to begin to fill current gaps in our conversation around AI, providing a holistic, systems-based approach to AI integration in schools. The VISTA Framework empowers leaders to understand their unique contexts, plan strategically, engage stakeholders, and lead the transformation toward a future-ready education system.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be unveiling the details of the VISTA Framework – and a variety of supporting resources that can be used by school leaders to navigate the complex journey of AI integration. It’s time to move from ad-hoc efforts and piecemeal solutions to a comprehensive, strategic approach that harnesses the full potential of AI to benefit all learners.

Stay tuned for more on the VISTA Framework, and join the conversation as we shape the future of education together.

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