AI Academy

Join us for a year-long development program that dives deep into AI and its high-impact applications

We grow innovators

Our AI Academy is a yearlong program that takes districts through an end-to-end AI implementation process, readying your system for the Age of AI.

Registration Opens March 1st and closes July 1st. Limited spots available; first come, first served. Questions? Reach out to academy [at] and we’ll be happy to discuss further!

July 2024 - May 2025

1-3 Participants: $3,500/person

4-6 Participants: $12,000/team

July cohort: 6 spots left!

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Who is the AI Academy for?

The AI Academy is meant for teams and individuals who have been tasked to lead the AI efforts in their school or district. Whether alone or in groups, all participants will be part of a cohort that includes educators across North America who will be working through the program together, sharing insights, co-creating best practices, and learning from each other.


The AI Academy is perfect for:

* Technology Integration Specialists
* Instructional Coaches
* CTOs and Directors of Technology
* Educational Services administrators
* Professional development leaders
* Assistant Superintendents and Superintendents
* School Board Members

If you're in one of these (or similar) roles, this program can you help get the support you need to consider the breadth of factors to consider when implementing AI properly within a K12 context.


The AI Academy is perfect for

* District AI Task Forces
* District Leadership Teams
* Boards of Education

By bringing a cross-functional team (e.g. instructional leaders, technical experts, classroom teachers, student services, and site administrators) to the AI Academy, your district can foster collaboration, build collective knowledge, and develop a shared vision for AI integration. The diverse perspectives and expertise of team members will contribute to a more comprehensive and effective AI implementation plan that addresses the unique needs and goals of your school community.

Your Guides

Ryan Findley

Ryan is a former educator who has held executive roles at the "World's Most Innovative" African Leadership University and he helped found Learn to Win, an innovative edtech firm serving high performance organizations' workforce development. Since 2019, he has been writing and speaking on AI and K-20 education, including at TEDx.

Laurel Aguilar-Kirchoff

Laurel has more than 20 years' experience in science, history, and civic education. She earned an MS in Education and champions digital literacy as a Google Certified Trainer. Laurel was awarded ISTE's "20 to Watch" in 2023, and currently leads in ISTE, CUE, and National History Day-California.

Dr. Julia Nyberg

Dr. Nyberg is a leading K-12, gifted, and curriculum development expert with professional experience in North America and Asia. She also serves as a Professor at Purdue University Global and a board member for the California Association for the Gifted and National Black Student Achievement Association

Dr. Derek Rouch

Derek is a paraeducator-turned-teacher-turned-CTO, and is passionate about technology's potential to impact learning. He proudly serves as Technology Director for Nuview Union School District in Southern California, and enjoys moonlighting as an adjunct Instructional Design professor.

Curriculum & Schedule

Evergreen’s AI Academy is a yearlong program that follows a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) improvement science framework. Participants will work in a hybrid fashion that incorporates both theory and practice, with recommended activities during the “gap” between sessions.

All sessions will be held over Zoom at

 9:00am-12:00pm Pacific/12:00pm-3:00pm Eastern

AI Foundations

July 23, 2024

Understanding AI and its potential in education

September 17, 2024

Understanding AI ethics and legalities

  • Exploring AI applications and tools for teaching and learning
  • Identifying opportunities for AI integration and anticipating challenges
  • Understanding legal obligations and policy implications

PDSA Cycle 1
AI Policy

October 15, 2024

Building your AI policy

November 19, 2024

Developing systems and processes to safeguard students

  • Forming an AI task force
  • Conducting a needs assessment and reviewing existing policies
  • Developing a draft AI policy framework
  • Implementing the AI policy

PDSA Cycle 2
Staff Development

December 17, 2024

Building your staff development plan

February 18, 2025

Piloting your plan and refining it based on feedback

  • Assessing teacher readiness and professional development needs
  • Designing an AI professional development program for teachers
  • Implementing the AI professional development program in pilot schools
  • Collecting feedback and data on teacher knowledge and confidence

PDSA Cycle 3
Fostering AI Literacy in Students

March 18, 2025

Identifying core skills that will support long term success

April 15, 2025

Testing sample lessons with pilot classrooms

  • Identifying age-appropriate AI literacy standards and objectives
  • Designing and curating AI literacy lessons and assessments
  • Piloting AI literacy lessons in select classrooms
  • Collecting feedback and refining


May 20, 2025

Finalizing 2025-2026 Implementation Plan

Ready for Launch!

Cohort Model

In addition to learning from Evergreen’s expert faculty team, participants in the AI Academy will have ample opportunities to learn from each other. 

One of the most powerful elements of the AI Academy is the cohort model in which participants will participate.

Time Commitment

We only require 3 hours per month (9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific, 12:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern) but recommend that participants commit 12-15 hours per month to make meaningful progress on artifacts

A Typical Month


Each month, participants will receive a curated packet of resources (research, case studies, examples) to review and prompts to consider internally (suggested: 1-3 hours)

Expert Session

Our expert faculty lead synchronous, 3-hour sessions each month, providing best practice guidance, support, and collaboration

"Gap" Work

Between sessions, participants will plow back expert guidance and lessons learned into tangible progress on their district plan (suggested: as needed by district goals)

Office Hours

Twice per month, participants can hop into a collaborative working session with Evergreen experts and other participants (optional)

What You'll Get

In addition to all the insights from industry experts and a cohort of other AI-curious colleagues from the across the country, you will walk away with:

  • Vetted Policies: AI-ready Acceptable Use Policy, Parental Consent forms
  • Calibrated PD: AI-focused training for all levels of teachers and staff
  • Student Programming: Age-appropriate AI Literacy ready for rollout
  • Readymade Presentations and Resources: Shareable docs for you to use with your district


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