Last week, Pittsburgh educational leader Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri headed Austin, Tex., to participate in the eighth annual SXSW EDU Conference & Festival.
Held March 5-8, the event aims to cultivate and empower a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning. For this year’s conference, 1,445 session proposals were submitted by organizers across the U.S. Roughly 400 sessions, covering pre-school to professional learning, made it into the final schedule, as determined by conference organizers, an advisory board and public votes.
As Head of School & Chief Learning Officer at Holy Family Academy – as well as a Deeper Learning Fellow and a collaborator in educational initiatives throughout the Pittsburgh region – Abel-Palmieri shared insights from HFA's first four years as she contributed to the panel “Starting Fresh: Designing an Innovative School.” She also represented the Remake Learning Network as a member of the official delegation along with HFA Student Success Coordinator, Kristin Alvarez.
Innovation in education is often focused on internal change management, but the last five years have seen an explosion of new school models, and the future promises even more schools built from scratch across the country. The “Starting Fresh” panel discussion focused on how new schools or programs can proceed responsibly and intentionally while taking advantage of the freedom to be responsive in such a rapidly changing educational system.
On the panel with Abel-Palmieri were Kelley Wilson of High Tech High, Martin Moran of Bennett Day School and Kennan Scott of CodEd Academy. Listen to a recording of the session on the SXSWEdu website.