Help “vote up” proposals by NYC DOE teams to present at SXSWedu. Over 4,400 proposals were received and 30% of the votes to select talks are based on public votes. Take a moment to look at the proposals below and vote for one or more.
0 to 60 — NYC Lessons in Scaling Community Schools
New York City Community Schools begin with two simple yet powerful ideas: (1) In order for students to achieve academic excellence, we must support the whole child, and their family; and (2) schools can’t do it alone. NYC scaled its Community School strategy from 45 schools in 2015 to 227 schools today and is achieving real results. Learn how NYC works across sectors and engages partners, community leaders, educators, and families to create opportunity and support equity and excellence. Vote here.
Edu-Throwdown: What Do Young People Need Most?
We need your help to tackle 2 big issues: 1) What are grades for—and do we need them anymore? 2) Are skills the whole show, or is knowledge still king—even in the age of Google? A debate will provide a lively context for grappling with these issues. The sparring partners are from a small team in NYC who support competency-based shifts in dozens of urban public schools. Participants will chime in, and will vote with their feet on these 2 key topics in K-12 education. May the best ideas win. Vote here.
The Big Idea: Cracking the Code on Chronic Absence
The age old problem of students skipping school has become a national epidemic. Roughly seven million students are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than a month of school each year. In this session, presenters will offer an overview of chronic absenteeism, explore its negative impact on academic outcomes, and share low cost and data-driven attendance strategies developed through the NYC Community School Initiative and championed by the national My Brother’s Keeper Campaign. Vote here.
Beyond Buzzwords: Competency, Culture & Equity
Competency education can promote educational equity by being more culturally responsive for students. Our community of over 40 public middle and high school in NYC have identified that competency education increases transparency, shifts the power in the classroom, and fosters positive learning identity in students. Join us for an exploration of how competency, culture, and equity interact, and leave with strategies for moving the needle in your own org, district, or school. Vote here.
Breaking Barriers: Schools that Support Black Males
How many male teachers of color work in your school? What roles do they play? What is your school doing to attract (more) and retain male teachers of color? This workshop will share and develop practices to develop strong male teachers of color and help them play prominent roles on the staff of your school. We will discuss some of the things males teachers of color are saying their schools do well, and challenges that they encounter that can drive them out of a school or the profession. Vote here.