Keynote speakers are the focal point of each day’s program and showcase leaders extending the frontiers of education. While these sessions vary in topic and theme, all bring to the stage inspired visionaries committed to the future of teaching and learning.
Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems
Professor of Livestock Behavior & Welfare,
Colorado State University
There are three basic ways that people think differently when solving problems. They are photo realistic, visual thinking like me, pattern mathematical, which is the way most engineers think and word verbal thinking. When projects are being designed, people with different ways of thinking have complementary skills.
Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through her story. She didn't talk until she was three-and-a-half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She recounts “groping her way from the far side of darkness” in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book that stunned the world because until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.
Even though she was considered “weird” in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others.
Dr. Temple Grandin currently works as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.
Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including the BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20 and has been written about in many national publications, including Time (she was included in the magazine’s annual “2010 Time 100” List of the world’s most influential people), People, Forbes, US News and World Report, and The New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by the media, Bravo did a half-hour show on her life and she was featured in the best-selling book Anthropologist from Mars.
Dr. Grandin's current best-selling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships; Animals Make Us Human; Animals in Translation; Thinking in Pictures; and Emergence: Labeled Autistic. She has also produced several DVDs.
Featured Speakers are broadly aligned with trending topics discussed at the event. Featured Sessions headline each hour of programming and are celebrated daily to highlight prominent voices that will deliver engaging insights on a variety of leading issues in education.
Can Hip Hop Save Us? Youth & School Culture
James Miles Fresh Professor, Urban Arts Partnership
Brian Mooney Educator, Scholar, Poet, Teachers College, Columbia University
Audra the Rapper Emcee, Concept Artist
Killer Mike Emcee, Activist
Effective SEL: From Classroom to Community
Jessica Berlinski CIO, Personalized Learning Games
Jeremy Richman CEO, The Avielle Foundation
Joan Duffell Executive Director, Committee for Children/Second Step
Joseph Erardi Superintendent, Newtown School District
How to Formatize the Finnish Education Miracle
Saku Tuominen Creative Director, SCOOL
Pasi Sahlberg Professor of Practice, Harvard University
How Universities are Crowdsourcing Innovation
Bernadette Gray-Little Chancellor, University of Kansas
Mark Becker President, Georgia State University
Michael Crow President, Arizona State University
Paul Fain Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Igniting a Practice Revolution
Barbara Jenkins Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools
Damon Williams Senior Vice President and Chief Education Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
David Coleman President and CEO, The College Board
Sal Khan Founder and CEO, Khan Academy
Redesigning Learning for the 21st Century
CEO, Collective Shift
Silicon Valley + Education = Real Change?
Founder and CEO, AltSchool
Catalyzing Blended Learning at National Scale
CEO, The Learning Accelerator
The Closing Program features a lineup of thought-provoking presenters designed to wrap up the many fruitful conversations shared at SXSWedu. This engaging series of speakers highlights a variety of perspectives on the power of education to inspire and impact.
Check back for updates regarding the 2016 SXSWedu Closing Program as March approaches.