Vote for Carnegie at SXSWedu

sxswedugraphicWe are looking forward to another great year of inspiring sessions and connecting with educators from around the world at SXSWedu 2016. This year we are hoping to present on a range of topics from creating actionable, timely data systems to cultivating networks that truly add value to better understanding students’ mindsets and motivation, but we need your help. Below are our five session submissions that we are hoping to share with you. Help us get the chance to present our ideas by voting for our sessions before September 4, 2015.


How to Make Sure Your Network is Networked

The problems within education are too big for any individual to solve alone. The potential power of collective action is increasingly well understood, but how to create a network often remains elusive. In this problem solver session, you will collaborate with current leaders of networked improvement communities and other attendees to brainstorm solutions to some of the common problems and questions that arise when working in networks. Through this session, we will generate know-how on connecting learning generated across different sites, creating agreement between multiple stakeholders on a common aim, and leveraging research and practical expertise, so you can truly work as a network.


Improvement: Learning fast to implement well

Learning to Improve, a new book by Bryk, Gomez, Grunow, & LeMahieu, details how Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) offer a new model for improving our schools. It highlights how NICs—organized to solve a single shared problem—can accelerate improvements even further and actively engage many different individuals and institutions in the process. The authors offer a new paradigm for R&D in education, one where the field moves from “implementing fast and learning slow” to “learning fast to implement well.” Examples include reducing the high rates of failure among students in community college remedial math courses and strategies for improving feedback to novice teachers.

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Leveraging data to promote students’ mindsets

A growth mindset, a strong sense of belonging, and a powerful purpose for learning all predict better educational outcomes – yet, the important question is not WHAT is predictive, but HOW can we promote these mindsets to help our students succeed. Social-psychological interventions have been shown to lead to dramatic improvements in K-16 classrooms; however, context matters – failure to use the right intervention at the right time reduces its effectiveness. During this workshop, the presenters will give you the tools to contextualize these promising interventions and to use real-time data in order to determine when and how to act to effectively impact your students’ mindsets.


Practical Measurement: Data for Improvement

This workshop introduces the principles and uses of “practical” measures to support educational improvement. In contrast to accountability and research measures that dominate the field of education metrics, practical measures can be used easily and effectively by practitioners to provide powerful insights embedded in daily practice. We will address the characteristics of practical measurement and its uses in improvement efforts in school contexts. Participants will have hands-on experience with practical measures, analyzing data in groups and executing practical data visualizations.


The Subtle Psychology of Motivation and Learning

Psychological experiments have developed novel methods that have surprising effects on motivation and learning, but how can you use these to transform learning? This session will present the most interesting insights from research on the science of human motivation and learning. Each member of the panel will share their unique, practical case studies. Both attendees and panelists will participate in discussions about how research on the psychology of motivation has been and can be used to get breakthrough results for the toughest problems in education.

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