Keynotes and Featured

Keynotes

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.

Temple Grandin

Monday, March 7
Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems

Temple Grandin
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 Temple, 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.


Ayah Bdeir

Tuesday, March 8
The Role of Maker Ed in Schools

Ayah Bdeir
Founder & CEO,
littleBits

In Conversation with Sean Cavanagh

In this fireside chat with Education Week Editor Sean Cavanagh, littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir will discuss the role of maker education in classrooms, libraries and makerspaces. Using examples of students solving real world problems using littleBits and other maker tools, Ayah will argue that maker ed should push beyond career preparation and strive to create active and creative citizens of the world. The session will conclude with an important announcement about a new initiative.


Jane McGonigal

Wednesday, March 9
How to Think (and Learn) Like a Futurist

Jane McGonigal
Director of Games Research & Development,
Institute for the Future

Best known for her work as a pioneering game designer and author of the bestselling books Reality is Broken and SuperBetter, Jane McGonigal, PhD, has also spent the past decade working as a futurist. In this playful one-hour master class, you’ll learn the three most important techniques of future forecasting, while taking a tour of five of the most surprising potential futures for education in the next decade. The final 15 minutes of this session will be devoted to playing a collaborative future forecasting game that Jane has designed just for the SXSWedu community—you won’t want to miss it!

Featured Sessions

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.

College Success: Is There an App For That?

Heather Emerson Alex_Bernadotte Renuka Kher Todd Penner

Heather Emerson Sr Director, Education Portfolio, IDEO
Alexandra Bernadotte Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
Renuka Kher R&D Managing Director & T Lab Co-Dir, Tipping Point Community
Todd Penner Portfolio Director, College Preparation & Completion, The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation


 Christine_Ortiz


The Research University in the New Millennium

Christine Ortiz
Professor & Dean, MIT

In Conversation with Jeffrey Young, the Chronicle of Higher Education


Effective SEL: From Classroom to Community

Jessica Berlinski Jeremy Richman Joan Duffell Joseph Erardi

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


The Rather Prize: The Best Idea to Improve TX Edu

Dan Rather  Martin Rather

Dan Rather Host, The Big Interview & Dan Rather Report, News and Guts
Martin Rather Founder & Operational Direction, The Rather Prize


Scott Ellis


Indiana Jones and the Journey of Innovation

Scott Ellis
CEO, The Learning Accelerator


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

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


Can the Finnish Education Miracle be Replicated?

 Saku Tuominen Pasi Sahlberg

Saku Tuominen Creative Director, SCOOL
Pasi Sahlberg Professor of Practice, Harvard University


Max Ventilla Founder and CEO, AltSchool


Silicon Valley + Education = Real Change?

Max Ventilla
Founder & CEO, AltSchool


Jim Deters


Evolve or Die: Why Education Has to Change

Jim Deters
CEO & Founder, Galvanize


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Education, Development, and Peace in Afghanistan

Sakena Yacoobi
Founder and CEO, Afghan Institute of Learning


Can Hip Hop Save Us? Youth & School Culture

James Miles Brian Mooney Audra the Rapper John Robinson

James Miles Fresh Professor, Urban Arts Partnership
Brian Mooney Educator, Scholar, Poet, Teachers College, Columbia University
Audra the Rapper Emcee, Concept Artist
John Robinson Emcee & Producer, Water The Plants / Hip Hop Motivation


Tim King


10 & Change: Changing the Narrative for Black Boys

Tim King
Founder & CEO, Urban Prep Academies


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

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


Steve Mesler


Teaching Students to Think Like an Olympian

Steve Mesler
Co-Founder & President, Classroom Champions


 Ari_Horie


BORN TO LEAD: Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur

Ari Horie
CEO & Founder, Women's Startup Lab


Lizzie_Velasquez


A Conversation with Lizzie Velasquez

Lizzie Velasquez
Motivational Speaker & Author


Closing Program

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.

Paul Reville Todd Rose Russlynn Ali Connie Yowell
12:30pm - 12:45pm Opening Remarks Paul Reville, Harvard Graduate School of Education
12:45pm - 1:15pm The End of Average Todd Rose, Center for Individual Opportunity
1:15pm - 1:45pm Rethinking High School—Activating Innovation Russlynn Ali, XQ Institute
1:45pm - 2:15pm Learning as a Lifestyle: Passion, People, Purpose Connie Yowell, Collective Shift / LRNG