Senior Department of Education Officials to give Presentations at Annual SXSWedu Conference

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Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will give a keynote presentation on Thursday, March 7, and Richard Culatta, acting director of the Office of Education Technology and Michael Robbins, senior advisor for nonprofit partnerships, will deliver remarks on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6, respectively, at the annual South by Southwestedu (SXSWedu) conference in Austin, Texas. SXSWedu seeks to drive meaningful conversation and collaboration around promising practices and tools for improved learning. It attracts education professionals, as well as business, industry and policy leaders who share a keen interest in modernizing teaching and learning.

On Tuesday, Culatta will participate on a panel to discuss educational technology from a global perspective and forecast the international emerging technology developments. Culatta took part on a panel titled, “Is Student Data Education’s Next Frontier?” on Monday.

On Wednesday, Robbins will co-host a panel on “Digital Learning and Collective Impact in Education.” This session will explore how to transform the way schools, parents and community-based organizations collaborate on education. It aims to spur more creative thinking on how we connect all the assets in a student’s life to advance engagement in learning and academic success.

On Thursday, Shelton will host the final distinguished speaker session, titled “Unleashing Human Capacity: Saving the World in a Few Easy Steps.” He will discuss how to unlock human potential and use it to overcome some of our grandest challenges.