Policy Forum

SXSWedu 2015 Policy Forum photo by Rob Santos

The SXSWedu Policy Forum 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.

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

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 9:30am - 12:00pm

Policy Forum Programming

Is Education Policy Stifling Digital Innovation?

Bob Wise Dallas Dance Heath Morrison
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
The Honorable Bev 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 John King Jr. Christopher Suarez Nikole Hannah Jones
Richard Kahlenberg Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
John B. King, Jr. United States Deputy Secretary of Education
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 Linda Darling-Hammond Tom Torlakson

David Rattray Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Todd Groves President, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Linda Darling-Hammond President & CEO, Learning Policy Institute
Tom Torlakson State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

Campbell Brown

Politics + Education in the 2016 Presidential Election

Campbell Brown Editor-in-Chief, The Seventy Four
Additional speakers to be announced

SXSWedu 2015 Policy Forum photo by Rob Santos