Announcing featured session, Connected in Class: A Starting Point & Close Up with speakers Chris Evans, Joe Kiani, Mark Kassen, and Mia Charity. Additionally, Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins joins the previously announced featured session How Universities Can Power the Future of Work.
Today’s announcement also includes over 20 impactful partner programming sessions and the initial mentor lineup for SXSW EDU Online, an exclusive digital experience March 9-11, 2021.
Plus, explore more from today’s announcement including the full film lineup and the initial round of performances.
Connected in Class: A Starting Point & Close Up
The imperative for civic engagement and bipartisanship has never been more urgent. A Starting Point (ASP) is a video-based platform seeking to be a truly unbiased resource for information and civic engagement. Working with students and teachers, the non-profit Close Up Foundation shares a similar mission. The two organizations have teamed up to create ASP HOMEROOM, an educational civic engagement portal. This panel discussion is a must-see for anyone interested in the future of civic education.
Chris Evans – Chris Evans is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors for both big budget and independent features. Chris is internationally renowned for his role of Captain America in the Disney/ Marvel Avengers franchise. Evans recently launched his new civics engagement project called “A Starting Point,” alongside partners Mark Kassen and Joe Kiani. The project launched as a website with the goal being to create informed, responsible and empathetic citizens who are empowered to further their understanding of the world of politics. Through ASP, they aim to demystify politics by providing answers to common questions directly from the people who create the policies that affect them.
Joe Kiani – Joe Kiani is a renowned Technology Entrepreneur and Humanitarian, as well as Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Masimo, one of the world’s most admired medical technology companies. In 2012, Mr. Kiani founded the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. The inventor of world-changing, noninvasive patient monitoring; and the recipient of multiple awards across the intellectual property, technology and humanitarian sectors; Joe speaks at events around the world, championing the rights of those who are not always empowered to speak for themselves.
Mark Kassen – Mark Kassen is the founder of Like Minded Media Ventures and co-founder of the civic engagement platform A Starting Point. He is also a Golden Globe and Emmy nominated filmmaker, playwright and actor. Mark has a history of cultivating new filmmaking technology, utilizing it to create the Trigger Street Independent film fund with Dana Brunetti. In four years, TSI’s films garnered 11 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes.
Mia Charity – Mia Charity currently serves as the Chief Development Officer at the Close Up Foundation. She is responsible for the Foundation’s fundraising, government relations, and communication efforts. Her work helps support the Foundation’s priority to serve and empower students and teachers from all backgrounds, including those from vulnerable and politically underrepresented communities. Before her current role, she managed Close Up’s outreach efforts and worked with teachers and schools across the country to participate in Close Up programs.
How Universities Can Power the Future of Work
As the threat of COVID-19 and a looming recession disrupt the nation’s higher education system, some colleges are defying the drop in enrollment by collaborating with employers. With a renewed focus on workplace-ready skills and reaching non-traditional learners, colleges like Paul Quinn College, Southern New Hampshire University, and Bellevue University are playing a more active role in upskilling employees to stay competitive in a post-pandemic economy.
Dr. Mary Hawkins – Dr. Mary Hawkins joined Bellevue University in 1995 and was named the University’s fourth president in 2009. Since her arrival, Bellevue University has changed dramatically in enrollment, geographic reach, scope of programs and services, and is recognized today as an innovative partner to companies, organizations and institutions worldwide.
Dr. Michael Sorrell – The longest-serving President in the 148-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his 13 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become a national movement for its efforts to remake all of higher education to become more responsive to student and societal needs.
Dr. Paul LeBlanc – President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Since 2003, under Dr. LeBlanc’s leadership, SNHU has grown from 2,800 students to over 170,000 learners and is the largest nonprofit provider of online higher education in the country.
(1-4 speakers / 30 min) Partner programs are formatted as Talk sessions, focused, high-energy presentations centered on breakthroughs and insights, spanning several of the SXSW EDU Online programming tracks.
Naomi Shelton (KIPP Foundation)
Abigail Sanchez (Freshman at Barnard College)
David Bond (Blue Shield of California)
Monica Nepomuceno (California Department of Education)
Keri Rodrigues (National Parents Union)
Khabral Muhammad (The LIFE School)
Toni Frallicciardi (Surf Skate Science)
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl (National Writing Project, UC-Berkeley)
Felix Chang (Artefact)
Lukas Wenrick (Arizona State University)
Carlos Watson (Ozy Media)
Jack Lynch (HMH)
Equity & Justice
Ezekiel Dixon-Román (University of Pennsylvania)
Gaby López (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)
Jennifer Randall (University of Massachusetts, College of Education)
Mamie Voight (Institute for Higher Education Policy)
Michelle Asha Cooper (Institute for Higher Education Policy)
Mildred Garcia (American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU))
Travis Reindl (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Henry Hipps (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Lisa Herring (Atlanta Public Schools)
Matthew Mugo Fields (HMH)
David Osher (American Institutes for Research)
Heather Clawson (Communities In Schools)
Rey Saldaña (Communities In Schools)
Whitney Cole (Student at University of Nevada-Las Vegas)
Evan Gutierrez (Gradient Learning)
Hiewet Senghor (Black Teacher Collaborative)
Estela Bensimon (University of Southern California)
Policy & Civil Discourse
Dakarai Aarons (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)
Denise Forte (The Education Trust)
Jacob Allen (pilotEd Schools)
Jeb Bush (ExcelinEd)
Scott Pulsipher (Western Governors University)
Carlos Moreno (Big Picture Learning)
Grace Suh (IBM Corporation)
Jake Hirsch-Allen (LinkedIn)
Pat Henry Leonard (Credly)
Practice & Pedagogy
Jackson Escamilla (Special Olympics North America)
Kaleigh Vogan (Special Olympics North America)
Loretta Claiborne (Special Olympics International)
Tajha Ilerant (Special Olympics North America)
Tacy Trowbridge (Adobe)
Kate Maloney (Infosys Foundation USA)
Anant Agarwal (edX)
Annabel Cellini (American Student Assistance)
Ryan Craig (Student Achievement Partners)
Michael Horn (Forbes)
David Sutphen (2U, Inc.)
Javaune Adams-Gaston (Norfolk State University)
Kabi Gishuru (Netflix)
David Shapiro (MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership)
Dr. Shaun Mcalmont (K12, Inc.)
Julia Freeland Fisher (Clayton Christensen Institute)
Sabari Raja (Nepris Inc)
Just a third of college students believe they will graduate with the skills they need to be successful. Paired with a national crisis swelling unemployment, we are faced with the reality that people need to upskill for the economy of tomorrow. How can we reimagine education by embracing skill-based, affordable, student-driven learning opportunities that lead to high-demand jobs? This panel of disruptors will share how they are thinking differently about the intersection of education and work.
Josh Jarret (SkillUp Coalition)
Nitzan Pelman (Climb Hire)
Ryan Stowers (Charles Koch Foundation)
Mentorship is one of the key networking components for SXSW EDU Online. Attendees seeking solutions and advice can sign up to participate in a one-on-one session with a mentor. This year, mentors bring expertise in areas spanning all eight programming tracks. Sign up to meet with a mentor when the RSVP platform launches in early March.
Aaron Bradley, University of Cincinnati (Practice & Pedagogy) Alex Bell, Portland Education (Community) Alexander Russo, The Grade (Media & Public Engagement) Allison Upshaw, Planning Diversity, Inc. (Equity & Justice) Andrea Bazemore, The Black Apple (Work Reimagined) April Clark, Reach and Teach (Work Reimagined) Ashling Findlay-Carroll, Performing Arts Studio Scotland, Edinburgh College (Practice & Pedagogy) Barbara Bray, Rethinking Learning (Community) Brian Jernigan, Cherry Creek Schools (Work Reimagined) Briana Castaño, Teach For America (Practice & Pedagogy) Chris Fancher, Chris Fancher Consultiing, LLC (Practice & Pedagogy) Danny Scuderi, Marin Horizon School (Equity & Justice) Dave Poirier, District School Board of Niagara (Equity & Justice) David Dada, City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office – Division of Youth Services (Community) Dion Klein, The WISE Academy Pty Ltd (practice-pedagogy) Donna Teuber, Iterations Learning (Work Reimagined) Dustin Ramsdell, Noodle (Emerging Tech) Elis Estrada, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (Media & Public Engagement) Liz Kleinrock, Teach and Transform (Practice & Pedagogy) Gigi Johnson, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music / Maremel Institute (Work Reimagined) Ian Kelleher, The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Practice & Pedagogy) James Rees, Provo School District (Community) Jamie Kasper, Education Commission of the States (Practice & Pedagogy) Jasmine Hernandez, Workforce Solutions (Work Reimagined) Jay Veal, INC Education and Black Tutors of Social Media (Community) Jeffrey Abramowitz, JEVS Human Services (Equity & Justice) Jen Tutak, Deloitte Consulting (Community) Jessica Falkenthal, Jessica Falkenthal & Associates (Community) Jessica Mara, Lenovo (Community) Joachim Horn, SAM Labs (Emerging Tech) John Noble, SHP (Community) Jones Madruga, PSD Educação (Emerging Tech) Joquetta Johnson, Baltimore County Public Schools (Equity & Justice) Josie McSpadden, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Media & Public Engagement) Julie Willcott, zSpace (Emerging Tech) Justin Graves, HESONWHEELS (Community) Justin Wedell, NewSchools Venture Fund (Emerging Tech) Kanesha Baynard, Kanesha Baynard Coaching, LLC (Work Reimagined) Karen Livingston, Cornell University (Practice & Pedagogy) Kate Bauer-Jones, Education Analytics, Inc (Community) Kathleen McClaskey, Empower the Learner (Practice & Pedagogy) Kellie Lauth, mindSpark Learning (Work Reimagined) Kimberly Galloway, ESC Region 13 (Practice & Pedagogy) Krista Barbour, Bishop Seabury Academy (Practice & Pedagogy) Kwaku Aning, San Diego Jewish Academy (Emerging Tech) Lauren Mason Carris, Find Your Grind (Emerging Tech) Lena Darnay, CIESC/Keep Indiana Learning (Practice & Pedagogy) Mary Dell’Erba, Arts Education Partnership at the Education Commission of the States (Policy & Civil Discourse) Mohamed Abdel-Kader, The Aspen Institute (Global Impact) Moran Tsur, Wix (Emerging Tech) Paige Oliverio, Urban Patchwork (Work Reimagined) Raechel French, DLR Group / University of Melbourne (Practice & Pedagogy) Rebecca Watts, Western Governors University (Practice & Pedagogy) Rick Brennan, Histrionix Learning (Work Reimagined) Roxanne Desforges, Pure & Applied (Work Reimagined) Sandy Baba, Pacific Oaks College (Work Reimagined) Sarah Nguyen, Australian Tradeand Investment Commission (Global Impact) Sarah Steiger, Chicago Public Schools (Practice & Pedagogy) Shannon Dowling, Ayers Saint Gross (Practice & Pedagogy) Shatera Weaver, Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (NYCDOE) (Practice & Pedagogy) Shirley Giroux, School District 57 / EQUM Education Consulting / University of Northern BC (Practice & Pedagogy) Shirley Prieto, Emergency Educator Support Services (Policy & Civil Discourse) Steve Smith, Cambridge Public Schools (Practice & Pedagogy) Tasha-ree Lee, Beacon College Prep (Equity & Justice) Terrell Morton, University of Missouri – Columbia (Practice & Pedagogy) Thom Gibson, Headwaters School (Emerging Tech) Todd Marshall, Ashland University (Emerging Tech) Toni Schlieper, NuMoola (Equity & Justice) Tonya Drake, Western Governors University (Community) Tricia Edwards, Smithsonian Affiliations (Media & Public Engagement) Vanessa Vakharia, The Math Guru (Media & Public Engagement)
Join Us for SXSW EDU Online
Secure your pass for SXSW EDU Online, March 9-11, 2021 at the current rate of $139 before passes sell out. SXSW EDU Online also offers group and student discounts.
Featured Speaker Chris Evans photo by Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images. All other speaker photos courtesy of the speaker.