The wide range of topics and ideas at SXSW EDU are organized by thematic tracks, designed to help illuminate overarching focus areas and enable attendees to easily navigate the event. Find your community or build a new one as you work through the program.

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Photo by Kara Mosher.

Photo by Kara Mosher.

About Tracks


Accessibility & Inclusion

Exploring initiatives and programs that focus on special education, learning differences, and disabilities across the learning lifecycle including instructional strategies, assistive technology, universal design, and more.

Adult Learning

Programs and practices for continuing education, workforce training, and professional development as well as initiatives for mature learners and non-traditional students.


Exploring arts-based pedagogies and practices including the performing and visual arts, arts integration and funding, and the intersection of STEM and STEAM.

Business & Investment

Content focused on the business of education including entrepreneurship and startups, investment and funding, marketing strategies, corporate initiatives and partnerships, market trends and analysis, and more.

Early Learning

Content centered on early learning instruction and pedagogy, administration, program and tool implementation and topics surrounding access, child development, funding, school design, and more.

Emerging Tech & Development

Exploring what’s next in educational technology and implementation including artificial intelligence, XR, blockchain, cybersecurity, and more, as well as a look at technology development, coding, and data interoperability.


Addressing issues related to equity, access, and diversity in education including social and economic factors, culturally responsive teaching, anti-racism practices and pedagogy, LGBTQ+ issues, and more to ensure equitable outcomes and opportunities for all.

Global Education

Programs and initiatives surrounding global collaboration in education including international instructional approaches and business ventures, language acquisition and ESL/ELL instruction, program implementation across borders, global partnerships, cross-cultural initiatives, and more.

Higher Education

Content addressing higher education instruction and pedagogy, administration, program and tech implementation, and issues surrounding access, assessment, funding and affordability, career readiness, school design, and more.

Informal Learning

Programs and projects furthering learning outside of traditional classrooms and lecture halls including work based in libraries, museums, makerspaces, community centers, after-school and summer programs, and more.

K-12 Education

Content focused on primary and secondary school instruction and pedagogy, administration, program and tech implementation and issues surrounding public and private education, assessment, funding, school design, college and career readiness, and more.


Exploring leadership and development in management and administration across all facets of the educational ecosystem from school, district, and institutional leadership, to business and executive management, and groundbreaking insights.

Policy & Civic Engagement

Addressing education policy issues across local, regional, national, and international governance including student data use, funding, school safety, and standards, as well as economic development, advocacy and activism, and government partnerships.

Science of Learning

Encompassing cognitive development, brain science, and research into how we think and learn.

SEL & Wellness

Furthering social emotional learning and whole-child education including initiatives addressing mental and physical wellness, trauma-informed practices, and health education.

Student Agency

Celebrating student initiative and advocacy by highlighting student voices, viewpoints, and achievements.

Julia E Torres speaking on SXSW EDU 2019 session, Educolor: The Movement for Collective Liberation from the K-12 Education track. Photo by Kara Mosher.

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