The SXSW EDU Conference & Festival cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning. Join New Tech Network staff for multiple sessions.Opportunity vs. Achievement: Framing the GapMar 5, 20182:00pm – 3:00pmEver feel stuck in a conversation about test scores? Join New Tech Network’s Jim May and LASGS Principal Christion Quintero in a campfire conversation to discuss this topic and more.Despite the fact that practitioners, policymakers, and scholars have been writing about the opportunity gap for the last decade, the primary way that schools across the country currently understand and act on educational equity is through the construct of the achievement gap. This open conversation will argue that the opportunity gap is a more robust frame for understanding and responding to educational inequity than the achievement gap.Why Innovate Alone? Harness the Power of NetworksMar 6, 20184:00pm – 6:00pmJoin President and CEO Lydia Dobyns School from New Tech Network, Carlos Moreno from Big Picture Learning, and Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark as they discuss why school networks are one of the most important innovations in modern era K-12 education. By providing design principles, curriculum, tech tools, and ways to facilitate connected learning and improvement, networks play an important role in scaling high-quality learning. This design workshop will start with stories from network leaders and strategies for creating networks within your system, then you’ll work together to design and share a plan for how networks can empower you and your colleagues.  The Struggle is Real-Rural, High Poverty DistrictsMar 6, 201811:00am – 12:00pmThis session, with New Tech Network leader Dr. Kristin Cuilla, Dr. Melissa Crosby from Colleton County High and Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster, explores district innovation and perseverance in one of four research study districts working to solve rural, high poverty problems. Our case study reveals how education innovation is not about starting a program; it’s about creating a pivot point that fundamentally shifts mindsets to transform teaching and learning. We will also examine the connection between educational attainment and economic development. RelatedTags: conferences, SXSW Edu

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