While school’s still out for summer, we’ve got our eyes on the new year! More specifically, SXSW EDU 2023. Community voting for the conference is now open until August 21st — during this window, everyone can vote on which proposals should make it onto the final program for next year.
We’d love your help supporting our proposals, and those of our partners, which tackle diverse issues from prioritizing data science literacy, increasing access to tutoring, and improving assessment and teacher professional development.
You can review all of the proposals below! If you’d like to vote for any of the proposals, click the link below, create an account in PanelPicker, and then cast your vote by selecting the “up” arrow next to the proposal.
You can cast your vote for however many proposals interest you! But you can only vote once per proposal.
Middle School Math Gets a Makeover
Math learning took the hardest hit from the pandemic and has inspired renewed attention to innovations in the content area – particularly for middle school students. Advanced technologies have increased the possibility to close opportunity gaps, boost student success and improve graduation rates, especially for historically marginalized students. Learn about solutions that can turn the tide in student performance in a conversation with leaders prioritizing the importance of middle school math.
An “Intelligent Tutor” for Every Student
Artificial intelligence is powering more effective, scalable and less expensive tutoring models – redefining an evidence-based way to increase learning. Leading educational technologists are innovating in a market that is expected to experience annual growth of more than 25% over the next 5 years. Join this panel to learn about new intelligent tutoring systems that are drastically reducing the cost of high quality tutoring – and dramatically increasing access for all students.
Policy Change Making Data Science “the New Basic”
States and districts across the country are rethinking how we connect what kids learn in school to the skills they really need. From redesigning math pathways, to using stimulus funding to boost Career & Technical Education, data science is at the core of many of these efforts. Join this panel to discuss the models for change we’re seeing in states and districts like Virginia, Nebraska, and San Diego Unified to make data science literacy skills as fundamental as reading and writing.
Why Are Dollars Going to Data Literacy?
New investments addressing a massive skill gap have the power to strengthen a globally-competitive workforce, prepare a generation of problem-solvers, and meet the data revolution head-on. Key players from philanthropy and industry are funding efforts to increase data literacy for every K-12 student. Join this panel to learn about how investments in innovative learning environments, talent development, and coalitions for change are building capacity and equitable pipelines for our modern world.
How New Attention to R&D Will Transform Learning
Education R&D is finally starting to get the attention it desperately needs. Federal funding across industries accounts for technologies that have transformed our lives – why should transforming education and learning be any different? The federal government is creating new programs and opportunities to catalyze an engine for innovation in the field. Join this session to learn from the leaders who are creating necessary infrastructure for R&D.
Dropping Truths and Busting Myths on Teacher PD
You’ve heard it all: professional development is a waste of time and money. It doesn’t work for veteran teachers. It’s most effective when it focuses only on content knowledge. Why is professional development yet another issue in education instead of a solution to our problems? What actually works in professional development, and why don’t we do it? This panel will bust some myths and drop some truths about teacher professional development.
Zooming Ahead: Preparing Teachers in a Covid World
Yes, the pandemic left an indelible mark on America’s classrooms, and efforts supporting student recovery from COVID learning loss are key – but what about teachers? It’s time to leverage what the pandemic taught us to prepare and support teachers for today’s classrooms. How can we better identify and provide the support teachers need to lead their students back from the brink? We’ll discuss the solutions needed to meet this challenge.
How to Design Learner-Centered Assessments
Educators seek to personalize learning, but assessments are standardized by design. Some states and districts are attempting to change this – including through competency-based assessments and other methods that are valid and reliable for all students. Learn from experts who are applying contemporary data science research on and using results to build tools for effective learner-centered instruction to student assessments of all kinds.
K-12 Assessments of the Future
Twenty years from now, how will students demonstrate mastery? Emerging approaches and advanced computational methods have the power to improve assessment while reducing the time and costs to administer. Educators in 2043 will leverage games to identify students’ strengths and areas for growth, and speech recognition programs to assess reading mastery. Hear more about these efforts from the leaders across research, government, and philanthropy who are innovating assessments of the future.
Edtech Should Work FOR Teachers
Edtech platforms should empower teachers with the tools and data they need (and not all the extraneous stuff they don’t). Hear from Cristina Heffernan, pedagogy expert and edtech leader, on how technology can work FOR teachers, enhancing their routines and individual instructional methods.
Ed R&D: Building a Coalition
A growing group of education leaders are calling for better research and development in education. A big part of the reason is that education R&D is way underfunded. Groups like the Alliance for Learning Innovation are trying to change that. Join this meet-up if you support, want to learn about, or want to join the call for more public investment in education R&D.
Bring Your Subject into the Data Age
Heard of the hooplah for data science? We have you covered. This interactive workshop will preview lesson plans and ideas for how to integrate modern data science thinking and methods into your school subject. Whether it be math, science, social studies, etc., we will showcase examples of successful integration, and demo our approach for helping students build their data literacy and sense-making. Data science should be for everyone – teaching it across subjects is how we can get there.
Data Science for Everyone? How to Move the Needle
The information age has already arrived -careers, daily life, and knowledge itself are being transformed by massive amounts of data. What will it take to ensure every student is prepared by graduation? What are the resources, the infrastructure, the policy, and the community we need to turn data science from a must-have to a must-teach? We wish to bring together anyone passionate about data science – teachers, policymakers, industry leaders, parents – to discuss tangible ways to move the needle.