Thousands expected to attend SXSWedu

AUSTIN (KXAN) — SXSWedu gets underway at the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Hotel in downtown Austin Monday morning.

With more than three hundred panels, workshops, and dozens of featured speakers, the annual conference looks at ways to modernize teaching and learning.

This year some of the featured speakers include Senator Wendy Davis who will discuss policy issues relating to education, Diane Ravitch, a research professor of education at New York University will talk about the results of privatizing schools, and Rod Paige the former Security of Education will have a discussion with Evan Smith from the Texas Tribune about how education is our civil rights of this generation.

In all, six thousand attendees from teachers, to parents, and students are expected to take part.

“We feel like convening such a diverse community could lead to great change,” said Ron Reed, the Executive Producer with SXSWedu.

On Tuesday from 2 to 8p.m. the Austin Convention Center will be the site of a free expo that is open to the public. The goal is to provide a platform for the local community to learn more about education initiatives from Central Texas school districts.

One hundred exhibits will feature various schools, after school programs, summer camps, continuing education, and details on the STEM curriculum and the Austin Independent School District’s initiative to have high school students determine the type of endorsement they would like on their diploma.

The conference will also feature movie screens at the Alamo Ritz like, “Yuck! A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch.”

“Anyone who is passionate about learning is welcomed,” said Reed.

SXSWedu runs through Thursday. Badges are still available for purchase. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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