Distinguished Speakers

Dale Dougherty by Rod Machen
Written by Jessica MacCall | September 23, 2013

The Magic of Making: Engaging Students as Makers

Founding Editor of Maker Media, Dale Dougherty, delivered a compelling presentation that explored the creative Maker movement transforming "traditional academics into active, engaged learners," at the 2013 SXSWedu Conference & Festival. Dougherty's presentation highlights the value of informal education and the potential impact on tomorrow's students.

Written by Jessica MacCall | April 17, 2013

Unleashing the Power of the Web in Education with Jaime Casap

Senior Education Evangelist at Google, Jaime Casap, delivered a Distinguished Speaker presentation at SXSWedu in March challenging attendees to thinking about the relationship with children and the web. His thought-provoking presentation examined how the web is central to new learning models that will help educators and students discover, collaborate, create, and transform what learning will look like for generations to come. Watch Jaime Casap's presentation now.

Written by Jessica MacCall | April 9, 2013

Watch All of This Year's Distinguished Speaker Presentations Now!

SXSWedu was proud to feature a number of compelling presentations from top thought leaders from across the learning landscape this March in Austin, Texas.

The Distinguished Speakers at this year's event led engaging presentations surrounding themes on the present and the future of teaching and learning. All of the Distinguished Speaker presentations from this year's SXSWedu Conference & Festival are now available to watch online. Visit the SXSWedu Vimeo channel to watch all of the 2013 Distinguished Speakers and Keynotes now!

Written by Chandler | February 13, 2013

Distinguished Speaker Spotlight: Neeru Khosla

Co-Founder and Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation, Neeru Khosla, will join SXSWedu on Tuesday, March 5 in a special Distinguished Speaker session.

Mrs. Khosla is an advocate for free customizable and personalized content and materials for learners and teachers. She will be addressing personalization of digital content and the use of multiple modalities in concept-based learning to transform the learning experience in her presentation Not Another Zombie Idea: Customizable, Open Digital Content Transforming Learning.

Written by Jessica MacCall | February 5, 2013

New Distinguished Speakers: David Robinson, Michael Williams, Neeru Khosla and Constance Yowell

SXSWedu is pleased to announced the final four Distinguished Speakers for the 2013 Conference & Festival. Founder and Chairman of The Carver Academy David Robinson, Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation Neeru Khosla and Director of Education for U.S. Programs with the MacArthur Foundation Constance Yowell will each present a special spotlight presentation March 4-7 in Austin, Texas.

David Robinson

David Robinson

Known by National Basketball Association fans as “The Admiral,” David Robinson is the founder and chairman of The Carver Academy. Considered the single largest gift ever made by a professional athlete, the Robinsons donated more than $9 million to create the project benefiting many low-income, at-risk students.

Written by Jessica MacCall | January 30, 2013

Distinguished Speaker Spotlight: Darline Robles

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Darline Robles
Professor of Clinical Education at the University of Southern California, Darline Robles, will join SXSWedu on Wednesday, March 6 in a spotlight Distinguished Speaker session.

Closing the achievement gap is Dr. Robles’ highest priority. She is acclaimed as a state leader in implementing the Williams legislation—a landmark law enacted in 2004 to promote educational equity—through monitoring of 600 low-performing schools annually to ensure all students have access to textbooks, safe and clean facilities, and qualified teachers.

Written by Jessica MacCall | January 23, 2013

Distinguished Speaker Spotlight: Jim Shelton

As the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, Jim Shelton manages a portfolio that includes most of the Department's competitive programs including i3, Promise Neighborhoods, and others focused on teacher and leader quality, school choice and learning technology.

Previously, he served as a Program Director for Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, managing portfolios ranging from 2 to 3 billion dollars in non-profit investments targeting increased high school and college graduation rates. Shelton has been the East Coast lead for NewSchools Venture Fund, and co-founded LearnNow, a school management company that later was acquired.

Written by Jessica MacCall | January 7, 2013

New Additions to the Distinguished Speaker Lineup

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and gaming professor and entrepreneur Alan Gershenfeld have joined the exciting lineup of spotlight speakers at SXSWedu March 4-7, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Visit the Distinguished Speaker page to read their full bio and preview all of the 2013 spotlight speakers. Register to attend SXSWedu before the January 11 registration discount deadline to save.

Written by Jessica MacCall | January 3, 2013

Distinguished Speaker Spotlight: Nikhil Goyal

Photo by Phillip Angert High School senior Nikhil Goyal is leading a learning revolution movement to transform the American school system. The 17 year old author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School by the Alternative Education Resource Organization has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street journal, Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Education Week, and Huffington Post.