SXSW EDU 2019 is a few weeks away. Much of the programming for the event has been announced and it's time to start making plans for the event.
With this in mind, we asked several attendees to share their perspective, goals for SXSW EDU this year, and how they are thinking about their schedule March 4-7, 2019.
Fun fact: you can find your personal schedule link by signing in to the SXSW EDU schedule and selecting "My Schedule Link" from the dropdown menu under your name. If you do not see this link, go to "My Favorites" and check "Share My Schedule" to make your schedule public.
Caroline Vander Ark
President, Getting Smart
- Passionate about operations, leadership, and organizational management as a way to amplify, build and connect powerful learning experiences for all.
- I am looking forward to attending the conference with a learning posture rather than a speaker this year, so my goal is to attend a variety of sessions and set up meetings with people I haven't met to explore overlaps in our work.
- I'll be attending sessions that push my thinking on topics related to the Future of Work, data, connected learning, and student agency as well as joining networking events!
Educator and Author, The Latin School of Chicago
- I am a third-grade teacher and author, advocating for humanity and equity to be restored into discussions surrounding personalized learning.
- I hope to build relationships and cultivate experiences that push me outside of my comfort zone.
- Through my schedule, I'm hoping to explore equity, personalized learning, and vulnerability, in the interest of creating more inclusive schools where all students feel a sense of belonging.
Director of Technology Innovation, YES Prep Public Schools
- I am the Director of Technology Innovation at YES Prep Public Schools and former Literacy Curriculum Specialist, with over 12 years of experience working with special populations, reading intervention, and currently building a 21st-century learning environment through instructional technology integration.
- My goal at the upcoming SXSW EDU Conference and Festival is to attend sessions that celebrate student voice, diverse populations, and personalized and blended learning to meet the instructional and equitable needs of students.
- My schedule highlights key interests in educational technology/innovation, social justice, and personalized learning to prepare students for college, career, and beyond.
Managing Director, Cohen Strategy Group, LLC
- I help organizations accelerate growth, expand marketing bandwidth, engage customers & partners, and significantly increase revenue.
- Continue to serve as a critical partner in the EDU sector by expanding my commitment to educational access and social justice.
- SXSW EDU is an intellectual buffet and I am always hungry for new ideas.
CTE Teacher, Manor Senior High School
- I'm an active learner, a veteran teacher, and a general Swiss Army Knife, currently serving as a high school CTE-Technology teacher just outside of Austin.
- My goal for this year is to learn as much as I can to improve what I do every day, make positive changes for my students, and take back as much as I can to share with my campus.
- My schedule is fluid and will change based on what happens in my classroom as we get closer to SXSW EDU.
Bruce L. Douglas II
Consultant, Public Consulting Group
- My mission is providing equitable outcomes for students, especially students of color.
- My primary goal is to hear and engage with SXSW EDU community on new and best practices around educational equity and strategies for improving K-12 education.
- This schedule is all about discussing the elephant in the room, attending sessions that are addressing the real issues of diversity & inclusion in K-12 Education.
Director of Storytelling and Engagement, XQ Institute
- 20 years in education as a teacher, professor, researcher, and policy wonk turned writer. Working now to rethink high school with XQ America as Director of Storytelling & Engagement.
- Every year I come to SXSW EDU to reconnect with people and projects as well as make connections to new people and ideas that push my thinking and broaden my view.
- I always start with a "wish list" of sessions I hope to attend or people I hope to connect with if the sessions overlap. This year my schedule really reflects a focus on equity, student voice, and community connections.
Executive Director of InnovateEDU & Co-Founder of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB)
- I lead InnovateEDU and its major projects including the development of Cortex LMS, Project Unicorn's data interoperability initiative, an urban education Fellowship to diversify the teacher pipeline, and supports for LAB's growth.
- My goals for SXSW EDU 2019 are to connect with a variety of industry experts in hopes to push equity in education, personalized learning models, and data interoperability.
- My schedule consists of sessions centered on rethinking education in terms of student agency, social justice, data privacy, and much more.
CXO & Co-Founder, Yet Analytics
- Helping develop and design connected learning ecosystems that leverage data interoperability and blended learning technologies. Supporting founders and women leaders. Reading sci-fi.
- I'm always trying to get as much information as quickly as possible on topics that allow me to explore new points of view and challenge my current perspective. So you'll find me at lots of Future 20s, taking advantage of opportunities to meet new people, reflecting on where we are as an industry, and developing an informed opinion on where I think we need to go.
- My schedule is a blend of future-casting, trend-focused sessions, and deep dives into strategies for building leadership capacity in teams and programs.
Photo by Rachel Luo.