2015: SXSWedu Panel Increasing Access and Equity for Student Success
As SXSWedu PanelPicker voting draws to a close on Friday, Sept. 5, there is still time to support important equity and access questions that are so critical to ensuring the success of our children, now and in the future. I’ve been invited to participate at SXSWedu panels on these topics, but in order to do so, I need your support. To inform your voting, here are details on these exciting panels for March, 2015.
How do we get to the crux of inequality in the education system and how can educators better address the needs of students from diverse backgrounds? How do we implement new approaches and technologies that play to each individual student’s learning strengths in order to cultivate confidence and empowerment within young people to meet the demands of a globalized future? There are new learning technologies and strategies available to educators for disrupting patterns of educational disparity. As leaders in the education industry, we want to ensure that all students are provided with the opportunities to succeed both inside and outside the classroom, as we are preparing them to become the next generation of global innovators.
A dynamic group of panelists with various backgrounds and perspective will be participating, including LeVar Burton, who recently raised a very successful Kickstarter campaign to bring the beloved “Reading Rainbow” program to the web. It’s a perfect example of how we can bring energy and engagement to foster a love of learning.
How do we meet the constantly evolving needs of our students? Along with those needs and 21st century challenges, the educational landscape must adapt, transform and grow. In this discussion, there will be a focus around how both technology and mentorships are crucial factors in student success. With improved access to educational technology tools, as well as educators that are motivated and enthusiastic, we can foster a learning environment in which students thrive.
I’ll be joined by a group of outstanding educators who’ll be speaking from their own experiences on how we, as active members of the education community, need to work together to strive for successful teachers and student success.
How are women changing the status quo in education? The impactful conversation I was a part of last year continues in 2015 Joined by three other woman who are leaders in education, we will discuss our own personal experiences as female advocates in today’s education environment.
How to vote
Simply go to SXSWedu PanelPicker before September 5, 2014 for easy directions to open your account and then make your voice heard. I encourage you all to vote and help move the education access and equity conversation forward in a forum that has national impact.
Jessie joined DreamBox Learning® in 2010 as Chair, President, and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. Today, DreamBox serves nearly 3 million K-8 students and approximately 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2017.
Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of The College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.
Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, Newsela, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.
Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education and honored her as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Seattle Business Magazine awarded Jessie the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category and Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored Jessie as a “Woman of Influence” and 425 Magazine named her as one of eight “Unstoppable Eastside Women” for having a clear focus on the greater good. Additionally, The New York Times has profiled Jessie and her leadership style in their Corner Office column.
Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.