Shiza Shahid | Empowering Girls and Women to Lead | SXSWedu

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session Empowering Girls and Women to Lead Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund Co-Founder Caroline Howard, Forbes, Sr Online Editor Sixty six million girls around the world are out of school. Without education, they are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Driven by the work of recent Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, the Malala Fund aims to stop the cycle by empowering girls to achieve their potential through education. This session will highlight the importance of empowering young girls and women to lead through the lens of the Malala Fund. Learn more at http://sxswedu.com/

SXSWedu 2015

A robust platform for the community to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn- SXSWedu is quickly gaining a reputation as a catalyst for change in education. The event welcomes the professionals making up the many different facets of the education ecosystem. Education stakeholders and practitioners of all backgrounds– including teachers, administrators, university professors and business and policy leaders– with the passion and commitment to create a better tomorrow make up the SXSWedu community.

SXSWedu Keynote | How the Crowd Will Change Education | Charles Best

SXSWedu 2015 Keynote How the Crowd Will Change Education Charles Best (DonorsChoose.org – Founder & CEO) More than half of US public schools have at least one teacher who has requested classroom resources on DonorsChoose.org. Since 2000, citizen philanthropists and corporate partners have funded nearly a quarter billion dollars in projects for America’s neediest classrooms. Learn how the country’s most creative teachers are partnering with entrepreneurs to bring innovation to their classrooms, and how DonorsChoose.org is opening its data to change the way education is funded.

SXSWedu Keynote | Great Instructors | Elizabeth Green & David Epstein

SXSWedu 2015 Keynote Great Instructors: Are They Born or Built? Elizabeth Green, Chalkbeat CEO & Co-Founder David Epstein, ProPublica Investigative Reporter & Author #GreatInstructors Many of us have had a great instructor, that one who changed us– ignited a passion for learning or led us from bewilderment to comprehension. That one we still thank in our mind twenty years later. Those teachers just have it. But where did “it” come from? Join two New York Times best selling authors in conversation and debate as they discuss the origins of teaching skill.

SXSWedu 2015 | Emily Pilloton | If You Build It

SXSWedu 2015 Keynote If You Build It Emily Pilloton, Project H Design Founder / Executive Director #ProjectHsxsw Design and building can transform lives and communities. In this session, stories, projects and lessons from Project H Design’s seven-year history will be shared, including public architecture built by high school students, ten-year-old welder girls and partnerships with civic entities that have created jobs and social impact across the country. Using architecture as a lens, this session will lay out a plan and challenge for youth to be leaders and builders of the future.

Guy Kawasaki | If I Knew Then What I Know Now | SXSWedu

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session If I Knew Then What I Know Now Guy Kawasaki, Canva Chief Evangelist Entrepreneurial education is booming. It is no surprise given the desire of today’s generation to collaborate, create and contribute to social good. Join this session for intensely passionate and personal observations about life’s hindsights and what today’s educators can do to prepare students for a lifetime of joy, enlightenment and contribution to society.

SXSWedu | Higher Education Built by Students for Students

#SxStudents Traditional universities balance the interests of alumni, professors, donors, administrators, parents and more. Students are relegated to student governments that cannot enact real change. What would a university look like if students were empowered to shape their own educational experience? How can we work with faculty and staff to build a new model of higher education with students at its center? This session features students challenging higher education institutions to implement change.

Dallas Dance | Preparing Globally Competitive Students | SXSWedu

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session Preparing Globally Competitive Students S. Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Public Schools – Superintendent This session will discuss the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) S.T.A.T. Initiative by outlining how BCPS started with the development of digital curriculum before choosing a device. This has been critical in keeping the focus on instruction, professional development and creation of collaborative and engaged learning environments for students and teachers. Initiatives such as this and second language acquisition are critical to preparing students to be globally competitive.

Howard Fuller | No Struggle, No Progress | SXSWedu

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session No Struggle, No Progress Dr. Howard Fuller, Black Alliance For Educational Options (BAEO) Interviewed by Mark Updegrove #EdReform Former Milwaukee Public School Superintendent, and author of No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform, has been a national advocate for education reform for more than 40 years. Join one of the leading voices in support of school choice and school vouchers in an interview exploring thoughts and reactions on some of today’s leading educational challenges.

Rosanne Somerson | The Impact of Critical Making | SXSWedu

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session The Impact of Critical Making Rosanne Somerson, Rhode Island School of Design #risdmaking Join as this session explores the power of integrating “making” into education. The success of the maker movement has advanced this idea, but the model typically lacks the depth and rigor necessary for meaningful and lasting impact. When students connect advanced conceptual thinking with the materials and methods of making, they learn to actively invent the world, shaping their futures and ours.

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session: Raised by Siri: A Digital Parenting Course

Carl Hooker Eanes ISD Siri: “What can I help you with?” Me: “How do I raise my kids with all these devices?” Siri: “Sorry, I didn’t get that.” SIRIously?! Remember when your parents used to complain about television and rock n’ roll? Now we complain about Snapchat and texting. We are now officially old. Unlike our parents, we have tools and resources available to us, but how many of those are valuable and how many of them are scare tactics? In this entertaining session we’ll find answers that Siri can’t.

SXSWedu 2015 My Brother’s Keeper: One Year Later

Eloy Ortiz Oakley (Long Beach Community College District) Kaya Henderson (DC Public Schools) Michael Smith (The White House) Tonya Allen (The Skillman Foundation) Despite areas of enormous progress in this country, the gates of opportunity have not fully opened for all in America. For decades, opportunity has lagged behind for boys and young men of color. My Brother’s Keeper, a signature initiative of the Obama administration, is celebrating its first anniversary and its collaborative approach to building ladders of opportunity to unlock the full potential of our young people. Learn more of MBK’s first year successes and its priorities moving forward from leaders in K-12, higher-education, and philanthropy.

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session The Learner Driven Revolution

Jeff Sandefer (Acton Academy) The Acton Academy in Austin, Texas has drawn a great deal of attention with its Learner Driven Education model, which promises to deliver transformational learning for less than $2000 per student per year. The Learner Driven model sees students as “heroes who will change the world” and puts almost all learning and studio governance in their hands. By September 2014 Acton will have nine schools around the world and expects to have twenty five schools open by September 2015.

Sunni Brown | How to Stay Curious | SXSWedu

Sunni Brown (sunnibrown.com) Education is a full mind-body experience and true learning emerges out of a base of curiosity. But patterning habits of the mind – the tendency of the mind to make the world dualistic and black-and-white – can get in the way of persistent inquiry into the nature of the world around us. Join her for an interactive session that uses one of our native languages (visual language!) to demonstrate how we can continue to keep the mind open, to heighten awareness, and ultimately, to stay both expansive and sharp as learners and as people.

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session: Employers Need More Than Just a Test Score

Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford Center of Opportunity Policy in Education) Stephan Turnipseed (LEGO Education) What if job performance was measured by a year-end test aiming to boil all of our work down to a single score? As meaningless as that would be, that’s how our education system works; with the majority of instruction and student evaluation driven toward a single, year-end test. To foster classrooms that develop innovative, resourceful adults who can hold the jobs of the future—jobs which don’t even exist today—we need to implement rigorous accountability systems that foster meaningful learning.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | A Tale of Two Schools: Time to Close the Opportunity Gap | SXSWedu

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National Education Association – President More than 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, we still find separate and unequal schools. Education is a civil right, and we must ensure all students receive the education they deserve. Each and every child, regardless of where they live, who their parents are or how much money they have, deserves a quality education. Join Lily Eskelsen Garcia, a 5th grade teacher from Utah and president of the National Education Association, as she explains the fundamental failure to meet this moral responsibility. Lily Eskelsen Garcia | A Tale of Two Schools: Time to Close the Opportunity Gap | SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session

Ann Cotton | The Power of Data for Poverty Eradication | SXSWedu

SXSWedu 2015 Featured Session The Power of Data for Poverty Eradication Ann Cotton, Camfed Founder & President In the field of international development, data flows from poor to rich communities, from development agencies to donors and from the governed to the governing. Poor people give away their personal data and do not participate in analysis or receive conclusions. Join the 2014 WISE Prize for Education Laureate as she describes how this one-way data flow reflects and sustains asymmetric relationships in the sector and undermines poverty eradication initiatives, and will demonstrate the power of data sharing within poor communities to create positive change.

SXSWedu Keynote | How the Crowd Will Change Education | Charles Best

SXSWedu 2015 Keynote How the Crowd Will Change Education Charles Best (DonorsChoose.org – Founder & CEO) More than half of US public schools have at least one teacher who has requested classroom resources on DonorsChoose.org. Since 2000, citizen philanthropists and corporate partners have funded nearly a quarter billion dollars in projects for America’s neediest classrooms. Learn how the country’s most creative teachers are partnering with entrepreneurs to bring innovation to their classrooms, and how DonorsChoose.org is opening its data to change the way education is funded.