ASA is a proud sponsor of SXSW EDU Conference & Festival 2022, an international conference that empowers the diverse community of education stakeholders to advance teaching and learning. The conference, taking place in Austin TX and online,  features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, performances, and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.

Thought Leadership Sessions

ASA thought leaders, partners, and experts from across the education and career readiness ecosystem will share insights, new research findings, and proven models for student success during panel discussions on the topics of “The Intersection of Informal and Formal Learning,” “Career Readiness in America: An Inaugural Report,” “Landmark Study: High-quality, Non-College Pathways,” “Educator PD: Key to Increasing Student Achievement,” and a networking session focused on “Expanding Post-Secondary Pathways and Opportunities.”

Session Recaps:

The Intersection of Informal & Formal Learning

Research says students should explore careers as early as middle school to inform post-secondary education choices. But, are our school systems providing equitable access to career-connected learning for all 6-12 grades? Not yet. Learn how one district reinvented itself with a whole school/whole community approach to prepare students for the World of Work. Also, hear how two companies are helping students explore themselves and future careers through informal, digital learning solutions.


Liz Willen Editor-in-Chief, The Hechinger Report


David Miyashiro Superintendent, Cajon Valley

Jean Eddy President & CEO, American Student Assistance (ASA)

Tinsley Maier Co-Founder & CPO, Edgi Learning

Career Readiness in America: An Inaugural Report

Join American Student Assistance and the Coalition for Career Development Center for a look at the state of career readiness in America. In striving to make career readiness a priority, the CCDC created the Condition of Career Readiness in the US report to identify states that increase career readiness outcomes. This is the first report of its kind that combines federal, state and national agency data sources and will identify practices that increase the ROI for investing in career services.


Julie Lammers SVP of Government Relations & Advocacy, American Student Assistance (ASA)

Scott V. Solberg VP of Research, Coalition for Career Development (CCDC)

Terry Holliday Chair of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Landmark Study: High-Quality, Non-College Pathways

Is college always the right choice? What other options can ensure upward mobility and how are they perceived? Join us for a debut of a landmark research study on the perceptions of high-quality, non-college pathways and a discussion on the evolving narrative around postsecondary paths, how to ensure the quality and efficacy of these non-degree options, how to help students & families navigate them, and the role of employers in advancing equitable access to opportunity for learners and workers.


Liz Willen Editor-in-Chief, The Hechinger Report


Jean Eddy President & CEO, American Student Assistance (ASA)

Maria Flynn President & CEO, Jobs for the Future (JFF)

Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D. Managing Director, Client Services, Morning Consult

Roberto Rodriguez Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Dept. of Education

Expanding Post-Secondary Pathways and Opportunities (Networking Session)

Expanding opportunity for young people requires innovative approaches that inspire more high-quality pathways after high school and supporting students’ navigation through the learn-to-work ecosystem. Join us for coffee and a discussion on how we can bring students, parents, and education, business, government, and philanthropy leaders together to drive opportunity for all students.


David Soo Chief of Staff, Jobs for the Future (JFF)

Julie Lammers SVP Government Relations & Advocacy, American Student Assistance (ASA)

Educator PD: Key to Increasing Student Achievement

Whether you call it staff development, training, in-service, professional learning or PD, the intent is the same — to increase educator effectiveness and improve learning outcomes. To achieve a goal of ensuring that every child has career-connected experiences and sustainable economic mobility, we must prepare our educators. Join us in a discussion on how an ecosystem can help educators enhance their competency to develop career-focused and project-based learning experiences for their student.


Kevin Fudge Director of Advocacy, American Student Assistance (ASA)


Adrienne Porter Director of Educator Development, Citizen Schools

J.D. LaRock CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Stephanie Simpson CEO, Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE)


Date 03/07/2022 — 03/10/2022

Website sxswedu.com/

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