Policy Forum

SXSWedu 2015 Policy Forum photo by Rob Santos

Walton Family FoundationThe SXSWedu Policy Forum, hosted by the Walton Family Foundation, elevates and highlights policy-focused discussions that impact public and higher education. Led by a diverse range of legislative voices and civic leaders addressing critical issues, the Forum provides an opportunity for the SXSWedu community to interact with policy makers and thought leaders to help shape the future of education together.

Microsoft PulseThe 2016 program features impactful conversations presented in a variety of formats and aligned to SXSWedu thematic tracks including educational equality, implementation and leadership.

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Policy Forum Schedule

Monday, March 7 12:30pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday, March 8 11:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday, March 9 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday, March 10 10:00am - 12:00pm

Policy Forum Programming

Bracing for Campus Carry in the Lone Star State

David Daniel Jenny LaCoste-Caputo Steven Goode Fernando Gomez

David Daniel Deputy Chancellor, The University of Texas System
Jenny LaCoste-Caputo Executive Director of Public Affairs & Media Relations, The University of Texas System
Steven Goode Chair, Campus Carry Policy Working Group, The University of Texas at Austin
Fernando Gomez Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University System


Developing and Charting the California Way

Shannan Brown Todd Groves Tom Torlakson Shelly Masur

Shannan Brown President, San Juan Teachers Association
Todd Groves President, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Tom Torlakson State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education
Shelly Masur CEO, CDE Foundation


Education Across America: A Town Hall with Mayors

Chris Cabaldon Laura Moser Jorge Elorza Steve Adler

Chris Cabaldon Mayor, City Of West Sacramento
Laura Moser Author/Contributor, Slate
Jorge Elorza Mayor, City of Providence
Steve Adler Mayor, City of Austin
Ivy Taylor Mayor, City of San Antonio


Is Education Policy Stifling Digital Innovation?

Bob Wise Dallas Dance Heath Morrison Caitlin Emma
Bob Wise Former Governor of West Virginia; President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Dallas Dance Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Heath Morrison Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, McGraw Hill Education
Caitlin Emma Education Reporter, Politico


Eliminating Sexual Assault on Campus

Annie Clark Donna Howard Matthew Watkins John Zerwas
Annie Clark Executive Director, End Rape on Campus (EROC)
Donna Howard Texas State Representative
Matthew Watkins Higher Education Reporter, The Texas Tribune
John Zerwas Texas State Representative


K-12 Education Policy: New ESSA Enables PL + CBE

Lillian Pace Paul Leather Susan Patrick
Lillian Pace Senior Director of National Policy, KnoweldgeWorks
Paul Leather Deputy Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education
Susan Patrick CEO, International Association for K12 Online Learning


Linking Dropout Rates to Economic Recovery

Greg Vaughn Dan Huberty Chase Winder Drew Scheberle
Greg Vaughn Executive Director, Texas Association of Workforce Boards
Dan Huberty Texas State Representative
Chase Winder Program Director, Graduation Alliance
Drew Scheberle Senior Vice President, Austin Chamber of Commerce


Michelle Obama’s Digital Strategy to Engage Gen-Z

Aimee Woodall Don You Ankur Thakkar Eric Waldo

Aimee Woodall CEO and Founder, The Black Sheep Agency
Don Yu Director, Better Make Room Campaign, Civic Nation
Ankur Thakkar Head of Editorial, Vine
Eric Waldo Executive Director, Reach Higher, Office of the First Lady


Opportunities & Options: Creating Career Pathways

Deirdra Jackson John White Gayle Flowers Lyndsey Layton
Deidra Jackson Principal, Opus Capitol Strategies
John White State Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education
Gayle Flowers Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development, Bossier Parish Community College
Lyndsey Layton National Education Reporter, The Washington Post


Politics + Education in the 2016 Presidential Election

Campbell Brown Jonathan Alter Reihan Salam Roland Martin

Campbell Brown Editor-in-Chief, The Seventy Four
Jonathan Alter Author
Reihan Salam Executive Editor, National Review
Roland Martin Host and Managing Editor, News One Now, TV One Cable Network


Recruiting and Retaining Teachers

Jesse Holland Lily Eskelsen Garcia Keffrelyn Brown
Jesse Holland Race, Ethnicity & Demographics Writer, Associated Press
Lily Eskelsen Garcia President, National Education Association
Keffrelyn Brown Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin College of Education


Straight Talk from Teachers on EdTech Policy

Matt Worthington Kerry Gallagher The Honorable Bev Perdue Jose Frausto
Matt Worthington Digital Learning Coordinator, KIPP Austin; Smarter Schools Project Contributor
Kerry Gallagher Digital Learning Specialist, St. John's Preparatory School; Smarter Schools Project Contributor
Beverly Perdue Former Governor of North Carolina
Jose Frausto Technology Teacher, Enrico Tonti Elementary School


The Common Core: Defend, Bury or Transform?

John Katzman Michael Petrilli
John Katzman Founder & CEO, The Noodle Companies
Michael Petrilli President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Lillian Mongeau West Coast Correspondent, The Hechinger Report


The Future of Socioeconomic School Integration

Richard Kahlenberg Christopher Suarez Nikole Hannah Jones Amy McIntosh
Richard Kahlenberg Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Christopher Suarez Associate, Williams & Connolly LLP
Nikole Hannah Jones Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine
Amy McIntosh Deputy Assistant Secretary Delegated Duties of Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, US Department of Education


The Rankers on College Rankings: Why We Do It

Jordan Matsudaira Rob Franek Kim Clark Katie Bardaro
Jordan Matsudaira Assistant Professor, Cornell University; Former Chief Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisers
Rob Franek Senior Vice President & Publisher, The Princeton Review
Kim Clark Senior Writer, Money Magazine
Katie Bardaro Vice President of Data Analytics, PayScale



SXSWedu 2015 Policy Forum photo by Rob Santos