SXSW EDU recently revealed its first round of featured sessions for the 2024 conference, taking place March 4-7 in Austin, Texas.

Those three sessions, as described by SXSW EDU, are:

Does Your Classroom and School Have a Culture of Growth? — Author Carol Dweck joins protégé Mary Murphy to launch and discuss “Cultures of Growth: How the New Science of Mindset Transforms Individuals, Teams, and Organizations,” Murphy’s follow-up to Dweck’s “Mindset.”

Takeaways From Our Freshman Year of D&D in Schools — In early fall 2022, teachers were able to download Dungeons & Dragons-inspired teaching kits at no cost. In this session, Dan Rawson and Shelly Mazzanoble, the leaders behind Dungeons & Dragons — Wizards of the Coast, will gather with Sioux Falls Public Schools educator Kade Wells and Gizmodo Editor-in-Chief Dan Ackerman to examine the outcome. 

Promise & Peril: The Potential of Our Community Colleges — Although low-cost, diverse community colleges educate 40 percent of undergrads, they face an array of challenges, such as dropping enrollment rates. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program’s Josh Wyner and Pascale Charlot will be joined by Russell Lowery-Hart, chancellor of the Austin Community College District, to discuss the role these colleges play in advancing economic mobility and the ways they can advance.

“Education is a constantly evolving field with a breadth of influences that seem to expand by the day,” said Greg Rosenbaum, SXSW EDU’s senior director. “We have seen this directly reflected in the sheer amount and variety of PanelPicker submissions this year. With this first round of featured sessions, we are already setting the stage for wide-ranging conversations that encapsulate the many facets of creating prosperous communities through education.”

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