The SXSWedu community recognizes the critical role policy makers play and their fundamental impact on the pursuit of improved teaching and learning.
The Policy Forum highlights press-moderated discussions and engaging conversations with policy makers and leading figures on legislative issues that affect public and higher education, such as standards and assessment, accountability, funding, privacy and more.
The forum provides an opportunity for the SXSWedu community to engage with education policy makers and civic leaders to help shape the future of education.
The Policy Forum takes place March 10-11, 2015 in Salon C of the Hilton Austin Downtown.
Tuesday, March 10
What A Student Needs from A Teacher for Success
Lillian Lowery (Maryland State Superintendent of Schools)
Sean McComb (2014 National Teacher of the Year)
Alisa Pham (The University of Texas at Austin)
Moderated by Claudio Sanchez (NPR)
Innovative Tools & Strategies to Access Higher Ed
Ted Mitchell (US Under Secretary of Education)
Laura Owen (San Diego State University)
Eric Waldo (Reach Higher, Office of the First Lady)
Moderated by Liz Willen (The Hechinger Report)
Data Privacy: Can Innovation and Privacy Coexist?
Khaliah Barnes (Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC))
Cameron Evans (Microsoft)
Karen Holst (California Department of Education)
Moderated by Sean Cavanagh (Education Week)
The State of Funding: E-Rate Strategies
Sheryl Abshire (Calcasieu Parish Public Schools)
Mary Ann Beseda (Spring ISD)
Victor Valdez (Pflugerville ISD)
Moderated by Caitlin Emma (POLITICO)
Reforming Charter Reform
Julian Vasquez Heilig (California State University Sacramento)
Kevin Welner (The University of Colorado at Boulder)
Wednesday, March 11
What's Next for Access and Affirmative Action
Anne-Marie Nuñez (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
Gregory Vincent (The University of Texas at Austin)
Michael McLendon (Southern Methodist University)
Moderated by Reeve Hamilton (The Texas Tribune)
Keeping Schools Secure
Deborah Fowler (Texas Appleseed)
John Woods (Texas Gun Sense)
Moderated by Morgan Smith (The Texas Tribune)
New EU and OECD Experiences in Innovating Higher Ed
Georgi Dimitrov (European Commission)
David Halabisky (OECD)
Moderated by Scott Jaschik (Inside Higher Ed)
The A, B, Cs of Implementing Universal Pre-K
Richard Buery (Deputy Mayor, City of New York)
Libby Doggett (US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education)
Moderated by Michele Molnar (Education Week)
Reconciling Reality and Rhetoric of Student Loans
Beth Akers (The Brookings Institution)
SXSWedu 2014 Policy Forum photo by David Rackley.