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SXSWedu 2014

Meet the Innovators: Succeeding against the odds

Too often conversations about education focus on the challenges we face instead of what IS working. Poor communities. Apathetic parents. Overcrowded classrooms. Lack of resources. But some teachers won’t accept these excuses for their students to fail. Meet some of our country’s incredibly inspiring teachers and learn how they are engaging their students, against all odds. We’ll also hear from leaders in the education and media spaces to explore how combining strong leadership and teaching with education technology is creating even more opportunities to make learning dynamic. Be prepared to be inspired. And maybe bring a few tissues, too.

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  1. What are some of the ways in which education leaders (superintendents, principals, teachers) are overcoming barriers that poverty and society throw their way through utilizing technology or an innovative approach to lesson plans?
  2. Why do some schools succeed with challenging student populations, while others fail, even within the same school districts? What are the characteristics of successful schools and how can they be replicated?
  3. For decades, people have looked to technology to help level the academic playing field, with largely mediocre results. What's changed now? What recent technological advances have made this generation of learning tools a potential game-changer?


  • Greg Toppo, Reporter, USA Today
  • Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Ryan Kinser, teacher, Walker Middle Magnet School
  • Arwen Imai Matthews, teacher, KIPP 3D Academy Middle School


Samara Yudof, Senior VP, GMMB

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  • Tags: leadership
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Leadership & Inspiration
  • Level: Beginning
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