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Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Risk in Meeting Your Agency’s Mission

The Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Educational Technology will lead this session on the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The first portion of the session will cover how AI is changing the future of teaching and learning, and draw key insights from multiple recent OET reports including "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning." and the “National Educational Technology Plan”. The session will include key insights on the benefits and opportunities of AI in the classroom, as well as important recommendations to address anticipated risks and the possibility of unintended consequences.

The second half of the session will focus on considerations that are specific to agencies that are seeking to procure or create high-quality systems. This will include a discussion of the central questions related to addressing cyber-security and privacy risks, mitigating bias in design and deployment, and promoting transparency across the life cycle.

This talk was presented at:
2024 National ESEA Conference
February 2024 in Portland, OR
Phil Rosenfelt

Philip H. Rosenfelt is the Deputy General Counsel for Program Service in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. In this post, he oversees legal services to the Department relating to the development and implementation of Federal programs that assist elementary and secondary, vocational and adult education, special education, rehabilitative services, the Institute of Education Sciences, educational equity, and the more than twenty-five business and administrative practice areas, as well as advice to the Office of the Secretary of Education on civil rights issues. He has served in this post beginning in July of 2006. Prior to that time, he served as the Assistant General Counsel for Elementary, Secondary, Adult and Vocational Education from 1980. He also served as Acting General Counsel of the Department, or the Deputy General Counsel “delegated to perform the functions and duties of the General Counsel” from July 2011 to December 2014, and served as the Acting Secretary from January 20, 2017 to early in February of 2017, and from January 20, 2021 to early in February.


Mr. Rosenfelt worked as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Education and its predecessor -- the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare -- since 1971. He has received various awards for his Federal service, including Senior Executive Service Awards. Since April of 2006, he has served as the Secretary's appointee to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council as an ex-officio member, as well as the Secretary’s appointee to the U.S. United States Semiquincentennial Commission for the last four years. He also teaches a orientation course to new employees on the history and future of education.


Mr. Rosenfelt was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and graduated from its public schools in 1962. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School in 1966, his J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School in 1969, and his L.L.M. from New York University School of Law in 1971. After law school, he spent two years working in housing law and operating legal clinics in New York City for community agencies and low-income tenants in the Federal government's Volunteers In Service to America program, while doing course work for his L.L.M. in Poverty Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. In addition to his Federal work, Mr. Rosenfelt was the music editor and managing editor of two entertainment weekly newspapers, and taught courses in education law and administrative law at the Catholic University Graduate School of Education. For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Rosenfelt has also helped organize and implement a cultural and education exchange program between the McLean (VA) High School Symphony Orchestra and the Detmolder Jungendorchester from the Christian-Dietrich-Grabbe-Gymnasium in Detmold, Germany.

Kevin Johnstun

Kevin Johnstun is an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Educational Technology (OET) at the US Department of Education. His current work focuses on developing advanced research and development capabilities within the Department of Education and understanding how educators can leverage artificial intelligence to improve student outcomes. He previously led the office’s work on accessibility and assistive technology and lead several projects related to teacher professional development, and open educational resources, and digital literacy.


He was also previously a research analyst for the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology in the White House. He holds an MS in Instructional Psychology and Technology and a BA in philosophy from Brigham Young University.