The SXSW EDU PanelPicker is back again! This year, learn more about the proposed SXSWEDU 2019 panels featuring the latest research from Thomas Arnett, Julia Freeland Fisher, Alana Dunagan, and Richard Price. Discover what our team is bringing to the K-12 and higher education conversation. We’d appreciate your vote and hope to see you in Austin.

The Teachers Quest for Progress: How Education Leaders Can Motivate Instructional Innovation Using Jobs to Be Done

Thomas Arnett, Senior Research Fellow at Clayton Christensen Institute
Benjamin Kutylo, Co-Founder and CEO at Fremont Street Fund


Why do so many school improvement initiatives fail to make meaningful change? Nearly all school improvement initiatives are top-down and rarely do they consider the goals and challenges of teachers in their daily work with their students. Using the Jobs to Be Done Framework, a new study by the Clayton Christensen Institute uncovers what motivates teachers to change their instructional practices. What is Jobs to Be Done and how can it apply to education? Vote for our panel to uncover answers to these questions and learn how you can apply the research findings to inform design strategies and broaden buy-in for successful school innovation initiatives.

From What Kids Know to Who Kids Know

Julia Freeland Fisher, Director, Education Research, Clayton Christensen Institute
David Berg, Director of Technology, Big Picture Learning


We are all aware of the importance of academic and economic factors on student outcomes, but are we neglecting students’ networks to close the opportunity gap? Using the latest research and data, we will discuss how high school and college learning should not only focus on knowledge acquisition but also on building students’ professional networks and situating their learning within real-world relationships. Relying on the research of Julia Freeland Fisher at the Clayton Christensen Institute and David Berg of Big Picture Learning, we will plot a course to reimagining school as an environment that connects students to mentors, experts, and peers for both academic and opportunity success.

Assuring Quality in Higher Education: A New Approach

Alana Dunagan, Researcher, Clayton Christensen Institute
Emily Bouck, Policy and Advocacy Director, Higher Learning Advocates
Jamienne Studley, President and CEO, WASC Senior College and University Commission
Terri Taylor, Deputy Director, The Lumina Foundation


For decades, assessment of higher education quality has been led by an insular network of organizations, comprised of peers motivated to preserve the status quo of the academy. Students, policymakers, and employers are questioning the value of higher education, seeking clarity around tangible learning outcomes and opportunities to better connect education to employment. Is there an alternative approach to the age-old accreditation process that can assure quality and value for today’s students? Vote for our panel to learn about the challenges associated with the current system of higher education accreditation and how federal policy is enforcing the wrong metrics.

Coding Bootcamps: How Far Can They Go?

Richard Price, Research Associate, Christensen Institute
John Wark, Founder and President, Nashville Software School
Nicole Buchanan, Executive Director, Ada Developers Academy


The coding bootcamp space has experienced dramatic growth over the past 5 years. What can we say about their long-term potential, especially given the recent consolidation phase? Where do they best fit in the education-to-workforce journey? Are they disruptive to traditional higher education? Can they truly diversify our tech workforce at scale? Vote for our proposal to hear what our expert panel of coding bootcamp founders and specialists have to say.


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