Speakers & Sessions

Hundreds of speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise will take the stage at SXSW EDU to share their knowledge and challenge us to think critically about the future of teaching and learning.


 Momentum & Movement: Black Women in Film – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Jon Currie

Momentum & Movement: Black Women in Film – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Jon Currie

About Speakers & Sessions

 

Thought leaders converge at SXSW EDU to provide professionals, at every stage of their career, with actionable learning, endless inspiration, and resonating insights through sessions and workshops. Content on the program is organized by thematic tracks designed to illuminate overarching focus areas.

Whether you're looking to engage in a thought-provoking discussion, participate in a learning activity, or connect with a specific community, session formats offer various ways to engage during the event.

The majority of conference programming is fueled by PanelPicker®, the two-part online process that enables the community to lend their voice to the event.

Initially selected sessions from PanelPicker have been revealed in the latest announcement. Explore all sessions and speakers in the schedule.

FORMATS

 

Whether you're looking to engage in a thought-provoking discussion, participate in a learning activity, or connect with a specific community, session formats offer various ways to engage during the event.

Featured (60 min / 1-4 speakers)
A groundbreaking presentation focusing on leading trends and topics across the education space and beyond that highlights each hour of conference programming during the event

Keynote (60 min / 1+ speakers)
A plenary session highlighting thought leadership that kicks off each day of SXSW EDU programming

Meet Up (60 min / 1-2 speakers)
A speaker-facilitated networking event that encourages communities to connect around similar topics, passions, roles, or interests. Please note this is NOT a presentation-based session format

Performance (90 min, 1-4 speakers)
A musical, theatrical, storytelling, dance, poetry, or other performance that includes a workshop or extended Q&A to reflect on the value of the performing arts as a vehicle for deeper learning and offer takeaways for the audience

Podcast (60 min / 2-4 speakers)
A conversation on topics across the education landscape, hosted by media organizations and existing podcasts, and recorded in an intimate setting amongst a live audience to be used as a future episode

Solo (30 min, 1 speaker)
A short solo presentation highlighting new and emerging ideas, followed by an audience Q&A

Talk (60 min / 2-4 speakers)
A focused, diverse, and dynamic exploration of a particular topic, followed by audience Q&A

Workshop (90 min / 1-3 speakers)
An in-depth, instructional program with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways

Featured Sessions

 

Education professionals, innovators, and futurists at the top of their fields take the stage to share their knowledge through powerful presentations that span across our many tracks. Featured sessions are groundbreaking presentations focusing on leading trends and topics across the education space and beyond that highlight each hour of conference programming during the March event. Explore the initial lineup of featured sessions below for SXSW EDU 2023.

Athletes Advancing Education

Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi

U.S. Olympic Champion in Figure Skating (1992) & Founder

Always Dream

Arik Armstead

Arik Armstead

NFL Defensive End for the San Francisco 49ers & Founder

Armstead Academic Project

Aila Malik

Aila Malik

Nonprofit Executive & Founder

Venture Leadership Consulting

Building Sustainable Early Childhood Education

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Co-Founder & CEO

Wonderschool

Michelle Kang

Michelle Kang

Chief Executive Officer

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Emily Tate Sullivan

Emily Tate Sullivan

Senior Reporter

EdSurge

Natalie Renew

Natalie Renew

Executive Director

Home Grown

Drag Story Hour: Fight for Queer Herstories

Beatrice Thomas as Black Benatar

Beatrice Thomas as Black Benatar

Board President

Drag Story Hour

SXSW EDU 2023 Featured Speaker Lil Miss Hot Mess - Board Treasurer, Drag Story Hour

Lil Miss Hot Mess

Board Treasurer

Drag Story Hour

Jonathan Hamilt as One Louise

Jonathan Hamilt as Ona Louise

Executive Board Director

Drag Story Hour

Finding Identity Through Poetry, Art, & Nature

Joy Harjo - Photo by Denise Toombs

Joy Harjo

U.S. Poet Laureate

Random House Children’s Books

Michaela Goade - Photo by Sydney Akagi

Michaela Goade

Caldecott Medalist and Best-Selling Artist and Illustrator

Random House Children’s Books

How New Attention to R&D Will Transform Learning

Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon

Senior Program Director, K-12 Education Program

Walton Family Foundation

Roberto J. Rodríguez

Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

U.S. Department of Education

Kumar Garg

Vice President of Partnerships

Schmidt Futures

Pamela Cantor

Pamela Cantor

Founder & Senior Science Advisor

Turnaround for Children

Real Talk with Two National Teachers of the Year

Kurt Russell - Courtesy of the Ohio Education Association_Photo by Rae Holloway

Kurt Russell

2022 National Teacher of the Year

Rodney Robinson

2019 National Teacher of the Year

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CREDITS

SXSW EDU is partnering with The Association of Texas Professional Educators to provide attendees with continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Visit atpe.org to create an account and access their online professional learning to earn credits by attending SXSW EDU sessions.

Photo by Tico Mendoza

Photo by Tico Mendoza

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