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Exploring AI for Educators: Fall 2021 is a Course

Exploring AI for Educators: Fall 2021

Sep 13 - Oct 8, 2021

$595 Enroll

Full course description

How might practicing gratitude, looking for strengths, and asking generative questions, make you a more impactful educator?

This 4-week online professional-level (non-credit bearing) educational program is designed to provide an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry specifically for educators, from early ed through high school. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a way to discover and accelerate individual and organizational strengths. This course will teach you how to understand and apply the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, as well as evidence-based practices from Positive Psychology, in your life and work as an educator. Gain the tools to better recognize your own strengths as well as the strengths of your students, colleagues, and others in your educational community. Put your learning into practice by crafting your own AI-inspired application(s) for igniting positive impacts in your personal and/or professional life as an educator.

Read more from your instructor about AI in the classroom here.


The course will flow through the following four one-week modules, which will include resources, applications, and discussions (asynchronous and live). Participants will meet virtually via zoom once a week on Tuesday evenings (September 14, 21 , 28 and October 5) from 7-8pm (only the first and last live meetings are required).

  • Week 1: Discovering the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Week 2: Discovering the science of strengths
  • Week 3:  Exploring the Ai-B-Cs of AI in education around the world
  • Week 4: Dreaming and designing your own AI application 



Because we know educators will be instrumental to shepherding our children through the ramifications of the last year and half, and because now is the time to strengthen these essential professionals, we are pleased to be able to offer this course at discount. Register before September 1, 2021 with the code STRONGER and save $100. 

Questions? Contact the Cooperrider Center at


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Laurel Bongiorno

Dr. Laurel Bongiorno serves as the Dean of the Division of Education and Human Studies.  She served as a full-time faculty member in Champlain College's Education program from 1998–2012. 
Laurel's undergraduate degree is in Business and Economics from Gordon College, and her Master's Degree from Wheelock College Graduate School is in Teaching Young Children. This pairing was on purpose, with her focus on a career in Educational Leadership. Bongiorno taught preschool, coordinated a parent education program, and directed an employer-sponsored early childhood program in Burlington, Vermont for twelve years before making the move to higher education.
During her career, Laurel has served as President of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC), as Champlain College's Faculty Senate President, and as a member of several early Childhood boards including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Affiliate Council, Vermont's STARS Oversight Committee, and the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Affordability and Early Childhood Think Tank.
Bongiorno writes for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) families website and print publication Teaching Young Children (TYC) among others and presents and keynotes at local and national conferences on a variety of topics including Appreciative Inquiry, Leadership and Early Childhood Topics of Play, and Creativity.