Policy Forum

The SXSWedu community recognizes the critical role of policymakers and their fundamental impact on the pursuit of improved teaching and learning.

SXSWedu Policy Forum by Gene Chavez

This is an exciting opportunity for the SXSWedu community of teachers, administrators, university professors and business leaders to connect and engage with education policy makers to help shape tomorrow's education landscape.

Tuesday, March 4

Accountability in the Reform Era: Pass or Fail
Moderated by Valerie Strauss (The Washington Post)
Randi Weingarten (American Federation of Teachers)
Peter Cunningham (Cunningham Communications)

Can the Liberal Arts Survive in an Age of Innovation?
Moderated by Liz Willen (The Hechinger Report)
Scott Kinney (Capella University)
Michelle Weise (Clayton Christensen Institute)
David Maxwell (Drake University)

Debating the Pros and Cons of the Common Core
Moderated by Michele Molnar (Education Week)
Robert Scott (Texas Star Alliance)
Tony Bennett (Florida Dept. of Education)

Privacy and Public Good: Reporting on Student Data
Moderated by Stephanie Simon (Politico)
Frank Lomonte (Student Press Law Center)
Khaliah Barnes (Electronic Privacy Information Center)
Alex Richards (Chicago Tribune)

Votes Matter More Than Money: Grassroots Advocacy
Moderated by Morgan Smith (The Texas Tribune)
Thomas Ratliff (State Board of Education)
Jimmie Don Aycock (Texas House of Representatives)
Joanne Salazar (Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment)
Dineen Majcher (Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment)

Wednesday, March 5

Building a Better Teacher
Moderated by Jackie Mader (The Hechinger Report)
Jon Engelhardt (Baylor University)
Jessica Guthrie (Teach For America)
Kate Walsh (National Council on Teacher Quality)

Can Funding Outcomes Boost Higher Ed Performance?
Moderated by Reeve Hamilton (The Texas Tribune)
Martha Snyder (HCM Strategists LLC)
Fred Heldenfels (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)
Philip Castille (University of Houston Victoria)
Sean Tierney (Lumina Foundation)

Early Childhood Education: What's It Worth?
Moderated by Eric Westervelt (NPR)
Bob Sanborn (Children At Risk)
Leslie Wang (Houston Endowment Inc)
Jeanne Russell (SA2020)

Pay it Forward: Putting Graduation Before Tuition
Moderated by Kim Clark (Money Magazine)
Matthew Turcotte (Clarkson University)
Tonio DeSorrento (Social Finance, Inc)
John Burbank (Economic Opportunity Institute)

The Politics of Charter School Policy
Moderated by Morgan Smith (The Texas Tribune)
David Anthony (Raise Your Hand Texas)
Julian Vasquez Heilig (The University of Texas at Austin)
Matthew Randazzo (Choose to Succeed)
Natasha Kamrani (Democrats for Education Reform)

Photo by Rod Machen