SXSW EDU 2018 Session Asks: How to Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

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Pearson-supported session brings together K-12 educators and higher ed academia to discuss strategies for educating incarcerated youth

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We’ll explore this phenomenon and explain how our educational process can be rebuilt to teach all students

Experts from Pearson Online & Blended Learning, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) School District #428, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education will co-present at the 2018 SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival in Austin on one of the most thought provoking topics in education today: youth incarceration.

Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon C

Presenters: Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond, Superintendent, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) School District #428; Dr. Lynette Tannis, Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and Dr. John Sonnenberg, Regional Manager, Pearson Online & Blended Learning

Session attendees will learn how incarcerated youth are finding success through innovative digital learning models, that are also preparing them for further education or employment upon release.

“What they are doing works! IDJJ is now graduating students at a higher rate than the average Illinois high school,” said John Sonnenberg, regional manager, Pearson Online & Blended Learning. “We’ll explore this phenomenon and explain how our educational process can be rebuilt to teach all students.”

The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for creative professionals, SXSW EDU extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement to include society’s true rock stars: educators!

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