Is AI the most important thing happening on planet earth?

Audiences: 6 - 8 Teachers , 9 - 12 Teachers , Teacher Leaders , ES School Leaders , MS School Leaders , HS School Leaders , District Leaders
Levels: All Levels

Session Description

We are a couple of years into a new era; the one that follows the 40-year information age. While AI will help address our most pressing problems, it has the potential to exacerbate gaps in society and pose existential threats. This time of novelty and complexity will demand design thinking, relationship skills, and entrepreneurship. This leadership workshop will lead a conversation about what’s going on, what it means, and how educators can prepare for and use AI, blockchain and machine learning. Join us to discuss how we can shape a future that works for everyone.

District Information

The Montour School District is a comprehensive public school system comprised of an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. The District serves 2,894 students, employs a total of 449 staff including 217 teachers.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises schools and impact organizations on the path forward. Tom is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities That Work for Everyone, Smart Parents and Better Together. He previously served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as a public school superintendent in Washington State.


Justin Aglio

Dr. Justin Aglio, a former teacher, and award-winning principal, is the Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation at Montour School District. Dr. Aglio has a passion for doing what is best for student success and has dedicated his career to empower educators and students with skills and resources they need to thrive in the 21st century.

In addition to his duties at Montour, he serves as a Visiting LearnLab Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science, a Getting Smart Columnists, and an Adjunct STEM Professor at California University of Pennsylvania. He is a Future Ready Schools Thought Leader and was selected as a participant in the Presidential Maker Roundtable discussion at the White House. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with companies including LEGO Education, to further project based and real-world learning for students.

Dr. Aglio, and his thoughts on STEM, Artificial Intelligence, and Innovation have been featured in such publications as THE Journal, ISTE, Forbes, EdSurge, Education Week, Getting Smart, eSchoolNews, The School Superintendents Association, and more. Dr. Aglio has been a keynote speaker and presented at a variety of conferences across the country including Schools That Can National Forum, ASCD, ISTE, Tech & Learning Summit, Mid-Atlantic Mass Customization Summit, and International Literacy Association Conference.

Connect with him on Twitter @JustinAglio.

Degrees earned: Leadership and Administration Doctoral Degree, Point Park University, 2018; Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility, California University of Pennsylvania, 2011; M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, McDaniel College, 2006; and B.A. in Elementary Education and Teaching, 2001, Waynesburg University