AI, Democracy, and Design: Effective Integration for Educating in a Digital Age

Jun 20, 2024 10:00AM—Jun 21, 2024 3:00PM


Hillbrook School

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until May 30): $1,665 members; $1,405 group-rate 3+; $2,610 non-members

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AI, Democracy, and Design: Effective Integration for Educating in a Digital Age

SESSION 1: June 20, 2024 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Hillbrook School (South Bay Campus)

SESSION 2: June 21, 2024 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Hillbrook School (South Bay Campus)


This interactive two-day Summer Institute will give participants the opportunity to engage in a design challenge, integrating two critical topics: AI and Democracy. The world is rapidly changing, and educating for democracy in a digital age calls upon educators to dedicate time and reflection to such questions as: how do we move from fear of and resistance to Artificial Intelligence to thoughtful integration of this new technology? How do we create meaningful learning experiences for students and adults to broach complicated subjects with more tools and guidance? With a dynamic team of expert facilitators, participants will receive new skills, knowledge, and awareness along with support in developing ways to use AI as a means to empower students and teachers in practicing and advocating for deliberative democracy.

Day one will set the stage for your design, with examples from Stanford's Deliberative Democracy Lab and Hillbrook School of what these ideas put into practice look like in schools and classrooms. Plenty of time will be provided for reflection and practice with AI tools. Learning will be captured through graphic facilitation, creating a visual artifact useful as reference and inspiration.

Day two will be dedicated to hands-on design to support the planning of a learning experience you can bring back to your school with our facilitators serving as coaches as you work.

Participants will:

  • Explore AI, its challenges, limitations, and opportunities
  • Understand process and frameworks for deliberative democracy, as well as how it is being used in schools
  • Reflect on the connection between deliberative democracy and AI
  • Design their own learning experiences integrating AI and Democracy, with structure, coaching, and support


This workshop is intended for educators and educational leaders, at all levels and in any position, who are seeking inspiration and ways to be proactive with how we navigate the current context in the classroom and beyond. Partners and teams are highly encouraged to attend, and individuals are absolutely welcomed! All participants will leave informed, inspired, and ready to take action and implement new ideas.


Eric Hudson, CATDC Facilitator

Eric Hudson is a facilitator and strategic advisor who supports schools in making sense of what’s changing in education and in being responsive to the people they serve. He has spent his career in education, and he uses his design sense to put the learner at the heart of every experience. Most recently, Eric spent a decade at Global Online Academy (GOA), first as an instructional coach and ultimately as Chief Program Officer, working with schools around the world to rethink where, when, and how we learn. Prior to GOA, he was a teacher at the middle, high school, and college levels. The classroom is where he developed his passion for learner-centered design and facilitation. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS). Eric has a M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Cornell University.

Annie Makela, CATDC Facilitator

Annie Makela is the Founding Director of The Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook School and is a leading voice in K-12 social entrepreneurship education. Her career in this field began when she joined the founding team of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship in her senior year of college. Annie taught second grade at Greenwich Country Day School, running some of their most innovative programs such as TEDxGCDS and spearheading a schedule redesign. She has designed and taught entrepreneurial workshops for middle school girls, and also worked to launch the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. With a combination of classroom experience and visionary thinking, Annie is a lifelong believer that K-12 education is the foundation that creates opportunity, dignity and equity for all.

Alice Siu, CATDC Facilitator

Alice Siu is Associate Director of the Deliberative Democracy Lab and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law housed at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at Stanford University, with a focus in political communication, deliberative democracy, and public opinion, and her B.A. degrees in Economics and Public Policy and M.A. degree in Political Science, also from Stanford. She is a lead collaborator on the Stanford Online Deliberation Platform, a partnership with the Crowdsourced Democracy Team at Stanford. On Deliberative Polling, she has advised policymakers and political leaders around the world, at various levels of government. Her research interests in deliberative democracy include what happens inside deliberation, such as examining the effects of socio-economic class in deliberation, the quality of deliberation, and the quality of arguments in deliberation. Find out more about Alice’s work in her Ted Talk: Deliberative Polling: Changing the Tides of Democracy.

Colleen Schilly, CATDC Facilitator

Colleen Schilly is the Associate Head of School at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California. She has more than 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach, and leader. In addition to her work in education, Colleen is a trained graphic recorder and facilitator who leverages the power of visual images to capture the thinking of a group and move complex processes forward. Colleen has a BS in Environmental Science from Duke University and an M.S. in General & Special Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. She lives in San Jose with her husband, Morgan, and two young children Beckett and Ryder.


CATDC partners with member schools to host our in-person programs, providing educators the opportunity to learn with peers in diverse settings. We are thrilled to partner with Hillbrook School on this Summer Institute, welcoming the larger independent school community on their campus for two days of learning and collaboration.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.