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Episode #23 - Where leaders can start with AI, with Seminar Co-Founders, Jen Davis Wickens & Kristen McCaw

Episode #23 - Where leaders can start with AI, with Seminar Co-Founders, Jen Davis Wickens & Kristen McCaw



Kristen McCaw, Co-Founder at Seminar

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Jen Davis Wickens, Co-Founder at Seminar

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The conversation covers the use of AI in schools, focusing on practical examples and the upcoming AI series by Seminar. The speakers discuss the application of AI in automating workflows, communication, and data management. They emphasize the need for training and practical skills to leverage AI effectively.


  • AI can be used to automate workflows, communication, and data management in schools, saving time and resources.
  • Training and practical skills are essential for leveraging AI effectively in educational settings.
  • Seminar is offering an AI series and collectives to provide practical guidance and resources for school leaders interested in AI applications..



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00:00 - 03:08: Introduction
03:08 - 04:26: Purpose and vision of Seminar
04:26 - 07:14: Background and experience
07:14 - 08:00: Discussion on the unique aspects of Seminar
08:00 - 10:42: Specific training and resources provided by Seminar
10:42 - 12:42: Introduction to AI in education
12:42 - 14:10: Pros and cons of AI from Kristen's perspective
14:10 - 16:26: Opportunities for using AI to support school leaders
16:26 - 21:16: Practical examples and upcoming AI series




Jen and Kristen share a deep belief that all people are capable of growing into their infinite potential with intentional support. They also share strong backgrounds in educational leadership and launching successful organizations.

Their commitment to cultivating infinite potential led them to cross paths at Summit Public Schools a decade ago. There, they each held a number of leadership responsibilities - including launching Washington State’s earliest charter schools and growing Summit’s California schools. 

They collaborated to launch Impact Public Schools, a network of four high-performing elementary charter schools serving some of Washington State’s most diverse communities. In their own leadership, they worked through a number of hurdles in order to create schools with academic performance in the top 2% of the state for English Learners, reading growth in the top 5% of charter schools nationally, four long-term facilities, and an exceptional leadership team that was grown from within. 

While playing every role in the organization, they shared commitment to ensuring every leader has the resources they need to grow and sustain themselves and their teams in this work only grew. Having both also worked in charter school associations and consulting, they share an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of schools across the country. They conceived of Seminar to build bridges between these amazing schools, share resources, and build collective power. 




Daniel Casselli is a life-long learner whose passion for education has driven his professional endeavors. He is a former classroom teacher and youth ministry director whose entrepreneurial spirit landed him in the world of education technology. At EVERFI Inc., Daniel helped run the business development efforts for EVERFI’s Financial Education Program and the company was eventually sold to Blackbaud for $750M in 2021. Shortly before EVERFI’s acquisition, Daniel joined Class Technologies as one of the earliest sales hires and went on to lead K12 Enterprise Sales and helped the company land its first 100+ K12 customers across public, charter, and private schools. Daniel brings his unique experiences to BuyQ where he is focused on growth, operational excellence, business strategy, and client satisfaction. He is a graduate of Grove City College where he studied Religion and History. 


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