Policy Forum

SXSWedu 2015 Policy Forum photo by Rob Santos

Walton Family FoundationThe SXSWedu Policy Forum, hosted by the Walton Family Foundation, elevates and highlights policy-focused discussions that impact public and higher education. Led by a diverse range of legislative voices and civic leaders addressing critical issues, the Forum provides an opportunity for the SXSWedu community to interact with policy makers and thought leaders to help shape the future of education together.

Microsoft PulseThe 2016 program features impactful conversations presented in a variety of formats and aligned to SXSWedu thematic tracks including educational equality, implementation and leadership.

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Policy Forum Schedule

Monday, March 7 12:30pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday, March 8 11:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday, March 9 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday, March 10 10:00am - 12:00pm

Policy Forum Programming

Is Education Policy Stifling Digital Innovation?

Bob Wise Dallas Dance Heath Morrison Caitlin Emma
Bob Wise Former Governor of West Virginia; President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Dallas Dance Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Heath Morrison Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, McGraw Hill Education
Caitlin Emma Education Reporter, Politico


Linking Dropout Rates to Economic Recovery

Greg Vaughn Dan Huberty Marie DeMego Drew Scheberle
Greg Vaughn Executive Director, Texas Association of Workforce Boards
Dan Huberty Texas State Representative
Marie DeMego Chief Marketing Officer, Graduation Alliance
Drew Scheberle Senior Vice President, Austin Chamber of Commerce


Straight Talk from Teachers on EdTech Policy

Matt Worthington Kerry Gallagher The Honorable Bev Perdue
Matt Worthington Digital Learning Coordinator, KIPP Austin; Smarter Schools Project Contributor
Kerry Gallagher Digital Learning Specialist, St. John's Preparatory School; Smarter Schools Project Contributor
Beverly Perdue Former Governor of North Carolina


The Common Core: Defend, Bury or Transform?

John Katzman Valerie Strauss Michael Petrilli
John Katzman Founder & CEO, The Noodle Companies
Valerie Strauss Reporter, Washington Post
Michael Petrilli President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute


The Future of Socioeconomic School Integration

Richard Kahlenberg Christopher Suarez Nikole Hannah Jones
Richard Kahlenberg Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Christopher Suarez Associate, Williams & Connolly LLP
Nikole Hannah Jones Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine


The Rankers on College Rankings: Why We Do It

Jordan Matsudaira Rob Franek Kim Clark Katie Bardaro
Jordan Matsudaira Assistant Professor, Cornell University; Former Chief Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisers
Rob Franek Senior Vice President & Publisher, The Princeton Review
Kim Clark Senior Writer, Money Magazine
Katie Bardaro Vice President of Data Analytics, PayScale


Developing and Charting the California Way

David Rattray Todd Groves Tom Torlakson Sue Burr

David Rattray Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Todd Groves President, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Tom Torlakson State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education
Sue Burr Board Member, California Board Of Education


Politics + Education in the 2016 Presidential Election

Campbell Brown Jonathan Alter Reihan Salam Roland Martin

Campbell Brown Editor-in-Chief, The Seventy Four
Jonathan Alter Author
Reihan Salam Executive Editor, National Review
Roland Martin Host and Managing Editor, News One Now, TV One Cable Network





SXSWedu 2015 Policy Forum photo by Rob Santos