It’s that time of the year again! Time to vote for the panels you want to see down in Austin for the at the 2019 SXSW EDU conference.
Community votes count for 30% of the selection decision, so this is a great time to help the team at SXSW determine what you want to see for programming. Voting and comments can be made now through Thursday, August 30th.
If you aren’t registered to vote yet, it’s really quick and easy to do. Click here and sign up: panelpicker.sxsw.com.
We’re admittedly a bit biased about these sessions, but we believe in the power of both sessions and hope you’ll give them a thumbs up. See you in Austin!
Learning doesn’t just happen within brick and mortar school buildings — powerful learning happens in our communities. In fact, some of the most personalized learning starts when students engage in their communities and unpack who they are, where they are from and how they can make a difference right now. In this session, participants will work with students to explore Austin as a community and reveal the six essential place-based education design principles.
- Understand how community and place can be used for integrated learning experiences.
- Unpack and apply the six placed-based education design principles.
- Brainstorm a place-based experience that could be done in your own setting/context.
- Emily Liebtag, Director of Advocacy, Getting Smart
- Nate McClennen, Vice President for Education and Innovation at Teton Science Schools
Changing education is complicated. Working in networks reduces complexity and increases effectiveness and impact. By providing design principles, learning models, tools, and professional learning, networks play a key role in scaling and sustaining high-quality, equitable learning. Informal and formal networks can support the transformation of a single school or an entire system. Hear from network leaders and learn how you can leverage the power of networks to transform learning.
- Smart strategies for working together in school networks to achieve the promise of personalized learning for all students.
- Discover how relationships between networks and schools power high-quality learning.
- Learn how to apply the power of networks to support innovation implementation and sustainability.
- Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO, New Tech Network
- Tom Vander Ark, CEO, Getting Smart
- Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso Independent School District
- Royce Avery, Superintendent, Manor Independent School District
Project Unicorn, Digital Promise, and Cajon Valley USD will discuss how districts can dig deeper to develop a digital ecosystem with interoperability and discuss pain points identified by districts including privacy, security, policy compliance, and rostering. Technology will never replace great teaching. Rather, it can help educators to inform instruction, save time, and improve student outcomes. Learn how to optimize your data and mobilize your movement in the digital space.
- Understand the toolkit for building district interoperability and creating a digital ecosystem with resources including the rubric and more.
- Discover solutions to specific pain points, including rostering, login management, maintaining privacy and security, and policy compliance.
- Understand the insights a district can unlock when they have an interoperable ecosystem that fosters blended and personalized learning.
- Caroline Vander Ark, President, Getting Smart
- Kimberly Smith, Executive Director of the League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise
- David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District
Join an ecosystem of educators and business leaders to discuss emerging learning modules and skill-sets that are effectively preparing students with autism for post-secondary success and meaningful employment. Panelists will discuss how to make these learning approaches and skills including personalized and project-based learning, more accessible to young adults, specifically those with autism, working in partnership with software development firms.
- What are the best practices for educators and businesses to work together to help adults with autism achieve post-secondary success in emerging fields
- How to make new learning modules more accessible to students with autism to develop skills and models of self-determination.
- How to utilize blended learning to leverage the strengths of adults with autism to support success in the high-tech industry.
- Kim Tagge, Director, nonPareil Institute
- Adam Kulaas, Director, Getting Smart
- Gary Moore, Co-Founder, President & CEO, nonPareil Institute
- Lisa Marie Coates, Special Education Teacher Leader, Chesterfield County Public Schools
and Partner Sessions
Here are a few more sessions you’ll want to check out and give a thumbs up. Are we missing some? Add them in the comments below, and don’t forget to include a link!
- Girlie Delacruz, Senior Research Associate, LRNG
- Devin Young, Co-Founder & President, Classcraft
- Rebecca Wolfe, Associate Vice President, Jobs for the Future
- David Mabry, Youth Ambassador, LRNG
- Nicole Williams, Community Engagement Facilitator, XQ Institute
- Ginger Spickler , Director of Strategic Partnerships and Projects, Crosstown High
- Dustin Hensley , Library Specialist, Elizabethton High School
- Kenneth Tam, Executive Director of Personalized Learning and Assessment, Curriculum Associates
- Jacob Klein, Director of Learning Games, Curriculum Associates
- Neva Geisler, Opportunity Wrangler, One Stone
- Nancy Chou, Learning Designer, LRNG
- Amber Anderson, Youth Ambassador, LRNG
- Antonio Tijerino, CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
- Ruby Berliner, Student Board Member, One Stone
- Jackson McEwan, Chair of the Board of Directors, One Stone
- Connie Yowell, CEO, Collective Shift/LRNG
- Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director, National Writing Project
- Brandon Wiley, Chief Program Officer, Buck Institute for Education
For more on SXSWedu and other professional development information/opportunities, check out:
- Learning From Leaders, Students and Educators at SXSW EDU Part One
- Learning From Leaders, Students and Educators at SXSW EDU Part Two
- 27 Can’t-Miss Education Conferences for 2018
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