Monthly Archives: January 2023

Chat GPT

As a school board director, it is important to keep up with the latest developments in education technology and how they can impact our students and schools. One such development is the use of artificial intelligence, specifically the language model Chat GPT. While there are certainly many potential benefits to using Chat GPT in K-12 education, there are also some challenges that we must consider.

On the positive side, Chat GPT has the potential to provide students with an unprecedented level of personalized learning. By using natural language processing, Chat GPT can respond to students’ questions and help guide them through complex topics in a way that is tailored to their individual needs and abilities. This can lead to more engaging and effective learning experiences for students.

Additionally, Chat GPT can help educators by providing a wealth of information and resources at their fingertips. By leveraging the vast knowledge base stored in the model, teachers can quickly find answers to their questions, locate teaching materials, and get inspiration for lessons. This can help them save time and focus more on their students.

However, there are also some risks and challenges associated with using Chat GPT in K-12 education. For one, there is a real concern that relying too heavily on AI technology could lead to a reduction in the importance of human interaction and the development of critical thinking skills. If students are always relying on Chat GPT to answer their questions, they may not learn how to think critically and solve problems on their own.

One of the most pressing concerns is the risk of students using the technology to cheat on their essays and other written assignments. Given the high level of sophistication of Chat GPT, it would be very difficult for teachers and educators to detect when a student has used the technology to complete an assignment. This could have serious implications for academic integrity and the credibility of our educational system as a whole.

Another potential challenge is the potential for Chat GPT to perpetuate biases and inaccuracies. Like any model, Chat GPT is only as good as the data it was trained on, and there is a risk that the biases and inaccuracies present in that data will be reflected in the model’s responses. This could lead to students receiving misinformation, which could harm their education and impact their future.

In conclusion, Chat GPT has the potential to be a valuable tool in K-12 education, but it must be used carefully and with a full understanding of both its benefits and its challenges. By being aware of these risks and opportunities, we can work together to leverage the benefits of this technology while minimizing its risks and ensuring that our students receive the best education possible.

Note: this blog post was written in 15 seconds by Chat GPT, responding to the prompt “Write a blog post for a school board director, at 12th grade reading level. Evaluate the pros and cons of Chat GPT in K-12 education.”

Campaign 2023 Priority #1 – Empowering Teachers

As a school board member, I understand the critical role that teachers play in student success in Unionville Chadds Ford School District. The best teachers significantly boost student learning, and it’s essential that we provide them with the resources and support they need to do their best work. This includes professional development , involving teachers in decision-making, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment, and providing top quartile pay and benefits.

As a candidate for school board, I am committed to empowering our teachers so that they can thrive and help our students succeed.

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I am running for School Board in 2023!

I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Unionville Chadds Ford school board, representing Pocopson, Birmingham, and Newlin Townships. As a parent, long-time resident, and an experienced school board member, I believe that I have the dedication, experience and good judgment necessary to serve our students and families in this role.

I understand the importance of academic excellence and believe that every child deserves access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. As a member of the school board, I will work to ensure that all students have access to the resources and support they need to reach their full potential, including high-quality teachers, a sound curriculum and secure facilities that are well-equipped.

I also understand the importance of building strong partnerships between schools, families, and the community. Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children, and schools need to effectively partner with families to deliver it. I will ensure that parents have visibility into our curriculum and input into key decisions. I will make sure that communication channels are open, so parents always know what is happening in the school and how they can help.

Furthermore, as a taxpayer myself, I understand the importance of being fiscally responsible. I will work to ensure that our schools are run in an efficient manner and that our taxpayers’ dollars are being used effectively. This means being mindful of expenses, looking for cost-saving measures, limiting tax increases and being transparent about how funds are being used.

I have been actively involved in our schools since 2009 when my oldest child started first grade. And I have served on the UCF School board for six years, from 2014-2019 and again from June 2022 until now. Through this involvement, I have come to understand the complex issues facing our schools, the diverse needs of our students, and the dedicated administrators, teachers, and support staff who support, challenge, and inspire our students each day.

I believe that my experience, passion, and dedication make me an excellent candidate for the school board. I would be honored to have your support as I work to make our schools the best they can be for our children.

Together, we can ensure that our students receive a world-class education, and that we do so in partnership with our parents, educators and tax payers.

Check out my priorities for UCF schools here.