Gearing up for SXSW EDU 2019

For the fourth year in a row, PCGers will join educators, academics, practitioners, and innovators from across the world in Austin, Texas for SXSW EDU. It’s an event we look forward to all year long and we’re thrilled to announce that PCG has once again been selected to present at the conference in 2019. This year, we’ll be facilitating two sessions. Congratulations to Ashley Quick, one of our special education subject matter experts, and Bruce Douglas, one of our equity champions, for their presentation ideas being selected out of the more than 1,500 proposals submitted for the 2019 conference. Be sure to check out their session information below.

Hope to see you in Austin!

SXSW EDU publishes guest blog post by PCG equity champion Bruce Douglas

Also, in November, SXSW EDU published a guest blog post by our aforementioned equity champion, Bruce Douglas – it was his first (ever) blog post though you wouldn’t be able to tell from his detailed and poignant review of the 2018 panel discussion he found most impactful this past March at SXSW EDU. Bruce concludes his article by challenging readers to think about the role we can play in providing a more equitable school system, and how we can support closing the belief gap that all students can learn.

Read Bruce’s full reaction post, “Black Education in America,” via the SXSWEDU website here.

Finally, be sure to check back in the weeks leading up to SXSWEDU 2019 as we’ll be sharing insights and tips for getting the most out of this three-day event from the PCGers who’ve attended SXSWEDU before.

Hope to see you in Austin!

Announcing PCG sessions selected for SXSW EDU 2019

Think Big: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know - by Ashley Quick

In her session, Ashley Quick will shed light on the ideas of presumed competence/potential and the "least dangerous assumption" when educating students with disabilities, especially those with significant disabilities. Addressing barriers without prejudgment of students' ultimate capabilities is critical in helping all students reach their true potential. Ashley’s session will include real-life stories of students whose trajectories were changed for the better when competence was presumed.

Equality V Equity: What’s the difference? - by Bruce Douglas

This presentation, which explores the differences between equality and equity, is being brought to SXSW EDU by the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Forum. Equity and equality are pervasive topics both within and around school districts, but do we really understand the difference between the two. Superintendents have a daily responsibility to lead entire school districts towards ensuring each student has a quality education. However, we know that every student does not have access to the sameeducation. Is that an equity issue, an equality issue, or both? Join this panel discussion as our expert speakers explore the answers to that question. They’ll also share examples of their own educational leadership journeys, and describe how they have helped their school districts and communities achieve the freedom every student needs to succeed.

We’ll be updating the session information when more details become available. Stay tuned!


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PCG is a leading public sector consulting firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Our education solutions are supported by 30 years of management consulting experience and significant K-12 educational domain expertise. We provide educators with the tools and skills to use data to make effective instructional decisions. Our consulting services help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries to identify and implement promising pathways to improve programs and processes, optimize financial resources, and promote student success. Our technology solutions support this work by giving educators the means to gather, manage, and analyze data, including student performance information.

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