January 20, 2015
MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn and three other national experts have been selected to lead the panel discussion "Equal Opportunity for Deeper Learning" at the 2015 edition of the SXSWedu Conference and Festival. The session is scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, in Room 16AB of the Austin Convention Center. Joining Vaughn will be Guadalupe Valdes of Stanford University, Louis Danielson of the American Institutes for Research, and Pedro Noguera of New York University. The session summary on the SXSWedu online schedule states that "After a dozen years of NCLB, teachers are clamoring for a new policy agenda, one that rewards efforts to engage students in truly high-level intellectual work. But is that realistic in every school? What does 'deeper learning' look like for students growing up in poverty, or those who are new to the English language, or who cope with learning disabilities? This session will address such questions head on, asking what schools can do to provide all students with genuine opportunities to learn."
SXSWedu 2015 is scheduled for March 9 through 12. More information about the event, which "fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education," is available on the SXSWedu website.