Vote for WestEd Presentations for SXSWedu 2014!

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SXSWedu is a rare blend of conference: national in scope, focused on education, and hip. For SXSWedu 2014, WestEd has proposed four presentations. Presentations for the conference are selected by public voting. Help put WestEd on the stage at SXSWedu 2014—vote for our presentations! Voting closes on September 6.

Competency-Based Learning: Lessons From the Field
Lindsay Unified School District in California, serving mostly low-income English learners, recently won a Race to the Top-District grant to implement competency-based learning K-12 and districtwide. This panel will focus on how competency-based learning has increased student engagement, effort, and achievement.

Connecting Nimble Innovation and Rigorous Research
Innovation from small businesses is essential in the rapidly evolving education landscape. However, innovative ideas are useful only to the extent that they are supported by rigorous research in education. An innovative partnership of WestEd education research and Arcadia Apps technology is creating interactive literacy courseware for middle school students.

Going 1:1 or 1:Some: Free Tools & Resources
How can you create a tipping point in bringing together education leaders, teachers, and students to use technology and the Internet to drive their education? Free tips, tools, and resources will be shared that are relevant and helpful in attendees’ upcoming work.

Bringing Tech to Low-Income Homes: PBS Math Games
Low-income parents and preschoolers in Richmond, California were given 3G-enabled Google Chromebooks and asked to play PBS online games together 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week for 8 weeks. The results? Higher test scores and more engaged parents.

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