HELP CHOOSE PANELS AND OTHER PROGRAMMING FOR SXSW EDU 2020!
Published August 13, 2019
Every year, the organizers of SXSW EDU, one of education’s most unique annual events, asks the public to help choose the panels and other programming for the conference. SXSW EDU 2020 isn’t until March of next year, but voting has already begun! It started on August 5th and will run until August 23rd. McGraw-Hill submitted several panel ideas this year (six dedicated to K-12 and two for higher education). You can view their descriptions and vote for your favorites below.
SXSW EDU is an annual festival that celebrates innovative and cutting-edge ideas in education – from K-12 to higher education to adult learning. Learn more about SXSW EDU here.
McGraw-Hill submitted the following ideas for 2020 programming. If any seem of interest or important to you, you can vote for them by clicking on the links provided and then casting your vote (creation of a SXSW Panel Picker account is required).
Student voices can be powerful – particularly when students have the skills to make their voices heard. Educators are in a unique position to empower young people to recognize their strength and become agents of change in their classroom, school, community, and beyond. In this session, attendees will hear from educators and leaders who have studied and practiced the art of student empowerment. Panelists will explore how student-centered learning can help students become change makers.
- Diane Wolk-Rodgers, Advanced Placement World History Teacher, Mind Body Ambassador Advisor, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL
- Aislinn Cunningham, Manager of Professional Learning, StudySync
- Dr. Jaime Aquino, Distinguished Educator, New York State Education Department
- John Mark Slagle, Senior National Curriculum Specialist for Literacy, McGraw-Hill
We all hold implicit and explicit biases and assumptions, despite our awareness of them – but we also all have the ability to acknowledge and deconstruct those biases. In this session, presenters will lead a collaborative, workshop-based discussion designed for K-12 educators who wish to further equity and inclusivity starting with their own relationships with students, peers, and families. Discussion will reflect on and deconstruct explicit biases while creating an affirming school culture.
- Bill de la Cruz, Principle Consultant, De La Cruz Solutions
- Robert Rivera, Chief Empowerment Officer, 7 Mindsets
Social and emotional learning experts Milena Batanova from Harvard’s Making Caring Common and Dr. Anne Snyder, Learning Scientist at McGraw-Hill, are passionate about translating SEL research into actionable teaching strategies. During this interactive session, presenters will review key SEL strategies and offer attendees time to practice them. This session is suitable for educators that interact with students in grades PreK-12 and will be useful for classroom teachers or school leaders.
- Dr. Anne Snyder, Senior Learning Scientist, McGraw Hill
- Milena Batanova, Research and Evaluation Manager, Making Caring Common, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Digital learning has the potential to contribute to educational equity. Equitable use of technology takes careful implementation, a focus on the instructional purpose, and with a full understanding of the variety of factors that impact a student’s relationship with school, technology, and learning. In this session, Dr. Lanette Trowery and educator Kristine Napper will discuss ways that tech can be used to drive educational equity, or #Techquity.
- Dr. Lanette Trowery, Senior Director, Learning Research and Strategy, McGraw-Hill
- Kristine Napper, Educator, English Language Learners, Beaverton School District
As interest in the learning sciences grows, so too has the volume of learning science-based recommendations for improving classroom practice. But what about what teachers are already doing every day to empower their students? In this session, learning scientist Dr. Anne Snyder will discuss (and celebrate) the everyday practices that teachers already engage in, the learning science research behind why they work, and ways to enhance these practices even further.
- Anne Snyder, Senior Learning Scientist, McGraw-Hill
As district leaders continue to prioritize educational equity initiatives, practitioners are tasked with driving those initiatives by translating equity research to actionable strategies. In math, the need for equitable instruction couldn’t be more urgent: math skills are critical for college & career, but all too many students encounter barriers to success. During this panel, PreK-12 experts will review what research tells us about making math accessible, engaging, and rigorous for all learners.
- Dr. Lanette Trowery, Senior Director, Applied Learning Science, McGraw Hill
- Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
- Jeffrey Shih, Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Denise Walston, Director of Mathematics, Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, D.C.
College completion rates are up, reaching 58% in 2018 – but significant gaps remain, particularly among first-generation students, low-income students and students of color. White students graduate from four-year public institutions at much higher rates (~72%) than their black (~47%) and Hispanic (~57%) peers. Our panelists will lead a lively discussion of how they have successfully helped create equity at scale at their schools, sharing actionable tips and advice with attendees.
- Susan Gouijnstook, VP, Learning Solutions Strategy, McGraw-Hill
- Dale Johnson, Adaptive Program Manager, Arizona State University
- Eric Bing, CEO, College of Health Care Professions
- Derek Salinas-Lazarski, Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences, Triton College
This panel will explore college as seen through the eyes of today’s young students. How are loans and other expenses affecting students’ views on the value of college? What do they envision for their future careers and lives? How would they re-design higher ed to better serve today’s students? Three unique and outspoken college students will share their stories and perspectives.
- Michael Gedatus, Director Customer Marketing, McGraw-Hill
- Alejandra Rodriguez, Student, Florida Atlantic University
- Collin Shotwell, Student, Drexel University
- Octavia Crooks, Student, Greenville Technical College