ASA was a proud sponsor of  SXSW EDU 2021, an international conference that empowers the community to advance teaching and learning. The event features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, performances, and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.

ASA Session Recaps:

Accepting That a Degree Is Not a Panacea

Through personalized learning experiences and discovery and exploration activities in middle and high school, students can find a path that works–even if the path doesn’t include a degree. Join panelists as they discuss alternative education pathways including stacking courses for a credential, CTE pathways, gap years, and other non-degreed certifications or bootcamps. Discuss why these options deserve a seat at the table when youths are planning their career paths in pursuit of their passions.

Moderated By:

  • Annabel Cellini Chief Strategy Officer, ASA


  • Anant Agrawal CEO, EdX
  • Ryan Craig Managing Director, Achieve Partners
  • Michael Horn Author and Executive Editor at Education Next
Multiple Future Paths: Expanding Youth Awareness

Future planning for many young people centers on guesswork and very little understanding of their own skills and possible paths. By coupling a wider net of professional relationships with more expansive and digital opportunities for career exploration, youths are more likely to choose a path that better aligns with what they like, what they are good at, and what the world needs. Our panelists discuss creating equitable access to mentors, career exploration, and educational pathways.

Moderated By:

  • Julia Freeland Fisher Director of Education Research, Clayton Christensen Institute


  • Jean Eddy President & CEO, ASA
  • David Shapiro CEO, MENTOR National
  • Sabari Raja CEO, Nepris
  • Dr. Shaun McAlmont President of Career Learning Solutions, Stride, Inc.
Skills-Based Hiring: A Paradigm Shift for Educators

As employers are moving from a pedigree-based to a skills-based hiring approach, educators are stepping up to instill students with the new foundational skills needed to succeed including life skills, which are the largest barrier to students’ life readiness after high school. Learn how the paradigm shift to skill-based hiring is changing the landscape, how youths are demonstrating skills, and how policymakers & education leaders can foster skill development to ensure equal opportunity for all.

Moderated By:

  • Julie Lammers SVP, Government Relations and Advocacy, ASA


  • Michael Rubin Principal, Uxbridge High School
  • Grace Suh VP Education, IBM Corporation
  • Jake Hirsch-Allen NA Workforce Development and Higher Ed System Lead, LinkedIn Learning
  • Carlos Moreno Executive Director, Big Picture Learning
  • Pat Leonard VP, Strategic Partner and Business Development, Credly

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