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Vote for TLA Submissions at SXSW EDU 2024

by Lacey Gonzales on August 9 2023

It’s that time of year again! The public voting period for SXSW EDU’s PanelPicker has arrived, and we would appreciate your help in bringing The Learning Accelerator (TLA) back to Austin, TX. As you consider sessions to support this year, please look into TLA’s sessions below and vote for your favorites.

If you are not registered to vote for SXSW EDU sessions yet, you can create your account in order to cast your votes. Voting ends on Sunday, August 20.

Real Talk: Are K-12 Nonprofits & EdTech Driving Inequity?

In education, we talk a lot about how school systems are designed to produce exactly the outcomes they do for students and communities. But what if the nonprofit and ed tech sectors are part of the problem? What if how we work, alone and together, is designed to produce exactly the kind of inequitable outcomes we're asking districts and teachers to address? In this candid session, we'll talk about the ways the K-12 support sector is contributing to inequity for learners, and we'll explore ways to change how we work, scale, and measure our impact to change that.


  • Beth Rabbitt, Chief Executive Officer, The Learning Accelerator
  • Leona Christy, CEO/Founder, Catalyst:Ed

Transforming Power in Orgs to Advance Educational Equity

Power has historically been hoarded and used to create disparities, yet we don’t have strong examples of effective power-sharing. To advance educational outcomes we must improve our ability to mitigate inequities by sharing power in decisions that impact communities. Drawing on case studies from our organizations, presenters will share the good, the bad, and the ugly of implementing inclusive and participatory decision-making frameworks in order to increase equitable outcomes – ultimately, for kids.


  • Stephen Pham, Managing Director, Organizational Operations, Culture, & Health, The Learning Accelerator
  • Mary Rice-Boothe, Executive Director, Curriculum Development and Equity, The Leadership Academy
  • Kristen Vogt, Knowledge Management Officer, Next Generation Learning Challenges

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About the Author

Lacey Gonzales is an Associate Director, Communications at The Learning Accelerator. She brings her background in non-profit communications and media relations to lead TLA’s communications work.