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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

CCSSO Announces SXSWedu Sessions on Career Readiness, Teaching and Personalized Learning

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2016) -- Learn how Louisiana's state chief is elevating career readiness, how the 2015 National Teacher of the Year incorporates student voice into the classroom and how schools can build a personalized learning educator at the 2016 SXSWedu Conference & Festival. 

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is proud to announce that these experts will present at the annual conference, March 7-10 in Austin, TX, and share their stories in powerful sessions.

States are working to create meaningful career pathways in school aimed at better preparing all kids for college and careers. In Opportunities and Options: Creating Career Pathways, Louisiana Superintendent John White will describe how that state partners with leaders in business and industry as well as local educators to make sure every child is prepared with the skills and knowledge they need to go on to college or into the workforce after graduation.

Louisiana is among 17 states currently engaged in CCSSO's Career Readiness Initiative, which was created following widely supported recommendations of CCSSO's Career Readiness Task Force.  

White will be joined by Deidra Jackson, principal, Opus Capitol Strategies and the chair of K-12 Subcommittee for the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council Career Readiness Task Force, as well as Gayle Flowers, vice chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development at Bossier Parish Community College. Washington Post National Education Reporter Lyndsey Layton will moderate the panel discussion.

In The Power of Student Voice in Today's Classroom, 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples will be joined by two of her former students to show how she has incorporated student voice into her instruction to the great benefit of her students - and her teaching practice. The conversation will foster new ideas and strategies all teachers can take back to their classroom. 

As schools adopt competency-based, personalized or student-centered learning models that are more responsive to the needs of every child, teachers must interact in new ways with students, peers and the broader community. Yet most educator development systems don't explicitly address the unique mindsets and skills that these teachers need. In Building a Personalized Learning Teacher, explore issues, share ideas and learn about recent work to define these educator competencies in ways that system leaders can act upon.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.