Parents as Allies

You can help bring Pittsburgh innovation to the world at the next SXSW EDU: Here’s how.

Kidsburgh’s Parents as Allies project is bringing parents directly into conversation with schools in groundbreaking ways. In more than two dozen school districts, parents and school staff members are building trust, experimenting with innovative family-school engagement strategies and creating powerful support systems for students.

It’s been an eye-opening experience and we’ve been glad to share this progress with you through the articles we’ve been writing.

Now, we’re ready to share all that we’ve been discovering with a global audience at the next South by Southwest EDU conference.

If you’re not familiar South by Southwest (better known as SXSW), this annual gathering takes place in Austin, Texas each spring. One part of the festival is SXSW EDU, where creative thinkers and innovators from around the world present the latest research and discoveries related to learning and education.

The fun part: The general public gets to help decide which presentations and panel discussions will make it to the SXSW stage.

This year, the Parents as Allies team has submitted a proposal to bring our family-school engagement discoveries to SXSW. In this panel moderated by Kidsburgh, the audience will hear from a parent, a principal and a superintendent about how they are creating sustainable family-school engagement practices and overcoming barriers to build authentic trust.

Can you help us get there? Now through Aug. 20, you can vote to send our Parents as Allies team to SXSW EDU. Just click here to vote. (If you don’t have a free SXSW account, it takes only a moment to make one.)

At the SXSW “panel picker” website, you will also have the chance to vote for other Pittsburgh-based ideas from members of our local Remake Learning network. These include:

You can even vote for a panel discussion by our friends at HundrED and the videogame makers at Supercell, who will present about the growing world of gamified learning.

We really appreciate your time. Thanks for considering helping get us and our research to SXSW EDU. We believe our discoveries can help parents and teachers, not just in the Pittsburgh region but throughout the world.