Featured sessions headline each hour’s collection of sessions and contribute greatly to the SXSWedu experience. Broadly aligned with trending issues, these celebrated voices offer engaging insights and perspectives.
Check out the listing of speakers already confirmed for the 2015 event below and stay tuned for session details and additional announcements as March approaches.
Monday, March 9 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dr. Howard Fuller (Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University)
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.
Tuesday, March 10 | 10:30am - 11:30am
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.
Tuesday, March 10 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Carl Hooker (Eanes ISD)
Siri: "What can I help you with"
Me: "How to I raise my kids with all these devices?"
Siri: "Sorry, I didn't get that."
Remember when your parents used to complain about television and rock n' roll? Now we complain about Snap Chat 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.
Tuesday, March 10 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Rosanne Somerson (Rhode Island School of Design)
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.
Tuesday, March 10 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dr. Christine Johns (Utica Community Schools)
Teri Rousseau (Reading Rainbow)
Jessie Woolley-Wilson (DreamBox Learning)
Sehreen NoorAli (Noodle / EdTechWomen)
Wednesday, March 11 | 9:00am - 10:00am
Dr. Dallas Dance (Baltimore County Public Schools)
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 the creating of collaborative and engaged learning environments for students and teachers. Initiatives such as this and the second language acquisition are critical to preparing students to be globally competitive.
Wednesday, March 11 | 10:30am - 11:30am
Traditional universities balance the interest of alumni, professors, donors, administrators, parents and more. The most important constituent - students - are often relegated to student governments that cannot enact real change. What would a university look like if students could shape their own educational experience? This session features three students who are challenging higher education institutions to reimagine curriculum, pedagogy, residential life, job preparation and more.
Alisha Fredriksson (Minerva Schools at KGI)
Jill Barshay (Hechinger Report)
Dale Stephens (UnCollege)
Zak Malamed (Student Voice)
Wednesday, March 11 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ann Cotton (Camfed)
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. This session will describe 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.
Wednesday, March 11 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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.
Wednesday, March 11 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Guy Kawasaki (Canva)
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.
Thursday, March 12 | 9:00am - 10:00am
Shiza Shahid (Malala Fund)
Interviewed by Caroline Howard
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.