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Summer Institute 2024

Artificial Intelligence (AI) professional development summer institute for K-8 educators



This 3-day learning experience is designed for K-8 educators.

Monday, August 12 - Wednesday, August 14
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Lunch is included.

The institute will take place at Mark Day School in San Rafael, located 17 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Mark Day School
39 Trellis Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 472-8000


GOA reimagines learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. We deepen learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. We coach teachers to think differently about how they design student learning experiences. We work with educational leaders to ensure they have the strategies and tools to lead innovation and change. We partner with schools and organizations to foster and cultivate global, technology-enabled teaching and learning. We bring a deep understanding of transformational school change and high-quality instructional design to every partnership.


Becky Green loves that she gets to learn from students and educators around the world as the Associate Director of Professional Learning with the Global Online Academy. Since 2016 she has coached, facilitated, designed, and led across their professional learning and student programs. But first and foremost, Becky is a classroom teacher having spent two decades in elementary, middle, and upper schools in Washington State, Singapore, and Cambodia. She cares deeply about ensuring students thrive beyond school walls, and whether it’s supporting transitions to competency-based learning, partnering purposefully with AI, facilitating portrait of a graduate processes, or reimagining learning design, Becky prioritizes joyful, relational, student-centered experiences. A fan of both adventuring outside and making creative messes inside, at home you can find her filling sketchbooks with her son, canning produce from her husband’s garden, and hiking trails with her rescue pup near her family’s pear farm in Cashmere, Washington. 


Sarah Prosory is on a lifelong quest to encourage curiosity and collaboration while creating effective learning experiences for all ages and backgrounds. She began her career in libraries, where she pioneered learning technologies at a law school, then designed and launched a public makerspace at a city library. She taught technical skills to the community, conducted teacher professional development, and coached teen volunteers. As an Instructional Designer in higher education, she collaborated with faculty to design and develop a wide variety of courses and also provided training on educational technologies and best practices in course design. As an educator, Sarah has taught undergraduates online, including aspiring teachers and first-generation college students. In her most recent role, she dove into user experience research, harnessing learner feedback and data analysis to refine learning experiences. Born and raised in sunny Arizona, Sarah resides outside of Phoenix with her spouse, two kids, and a toy poodle. 


SESSIONS (*Subject to change as plans are finalized)

Keynotes: Provocations from industry professionals and others working with AI. TBD

Intro to AI in Education: This interactive, level-setting session supports educators in better understanding AI’s implications on learning and classroom practice. You’ll experience foundational understanding, practice with fundamental AI tools and processes, and exploration/design time. Participants will learn concrete strategies for leveraging AI tools that support their roles as educators.

Assess for Learning with AI: In this session we prioritize what it means to assess for learning and how AI can support student-centered assessment. This workshop offers level-setting experiences, design sprints, support, and coaching in designing for student-centered assessment practices with the support of AI. You’ll get to learn and apply strategies for small shifts in approaches to feedback, reflection, demonstrations of learning, and formative assessment that integrate AI and prioritize student agency. Participants will leave with replicable approaches to redesigning assessment for learning.

AI and Differentiated Learning: Learning can be more meaningful and empowering when learners engage in experiences that are responsive to their individual needs and relevant to their interests. In this session, we will discover how to use AI platforms to differentiate learning, focusing on designing for more agency, greater depth, and increased relevance. Through collaborative exploration and practical application, participants will leave more equipped to develop responsive and relevant learning experiences for each student with the support of AI. 

Design A Feedback Ecosystem: Assessments that are rooted in robust cycles of feedback have the single most significant impact on student learning. To ensure that we, as educators, can maximize the effectiveness of our feedback while managing our feedback workload, we need to employ the use of a feedback ecosystem. This session explores the what, why, and how of providing students with ongoing, timely, and actionable feedback as well as AI tools to integrate for more efficiency and effectiveness. Participants will leave with a plan for launching a learning experience with a feedback ecosystem in place.

Student-Facing - What to Know, Think, Do: Student-facing AI use holds both promise and limitations. In this introductory session we explore must-knows, use considerations, and helpful strategies for leveraging AI in partnership with students (and aligned to their age access levels).

Coaching Labs: This session provides open work time for participants with a GOA facilitator on hand to coach individuals and teams through AI designs/goals.


We understand that sometimes those who have registered for our summer institutes cannot attend due to illness or a change of plans. Please read our cancellation and refund policy below, which has been developed in an effort to allow for as much flexibility as possible for participants while also ensuring our ability to make arrangements in advance for catering and facilitators.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 30 days before the scheduled starting date. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations made 29 days or less prior to the first day of the summer institute. Registration may be transferred to a different person at any time. If you become ill just before the summer institute, we encourage you to find a colleague to use your registration in your place.  Refunds cannot be given for individual days or portions of the summer institute missed for any reason.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you cannot attend the institute. This will allow us time to fill your spot.


Questions? Contact Bonnie Nishihara at with questions.


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