August 08, 2017

Help TWF present at SXSW EDU in 2018

Dr. Kathy Bihr was chosen to be a panelist at the 2017 SXSWedu conference

Last year, I had the exciting opportunity to host a session at SXSWedu, allowing me to share the Tiger Woods Foundation’s vision with educators and education innovators from around world. This year, we’re hoping to make it back to the four-day conference in Austin, Texas! From D.C. to California, my colleagues and I at the foundation have partnered with scholars, students, mentors, fellow educators and non-profit and government leaders to create six fresh sessions to present at one of education’s largest platforms, SXSWedu 2018.

In order to present at SXSWedu, we need help from YOU­, our amazing TWF community!

Public voting is a huge part of the application selection process, and we want our community’s voice to be heard at this incredible event.

Voting is super easy! The links below will bring you right to the voting page where you can give us a ‘thumbs up’.

Please feel free to comment on the submissions as well, we would love to hear about what you think we should highlight in our presentations. While you’re on the SXSWedu site, be sure to check out some of the other great proposals that will help shape the future of education.

You do have to register to vote, but it only takes a few seconds to get set up.

Check out the proposal ideas below, spread the word about bringing TWF to SXSWedu 2018 with the hashtag #TWFatSXSWedu and vote to help us achieve our vision of sharing how we can help kids succeed no matter what.

1. First to Go, Last to Know

Moderated by the Earl Woods Scholar Program’s Cristina Fernández, a panel of first-generation college students will have an honest conversation about the challenges—racism, finances, college readiness, isolation on campus—facing them. We’ll share tools educators can use to help prepare first-generation students for an exit strategy after college. 

2. Power Up: STEAM Through Video Game Design

In this B.Y.O.D. (bring your own device) workshop, David Tong, TWF’s Director of TGR EDU: Create, will have participants work in small groups to deconstruct an existing video game to examine graphics, programming, sound and storyline elements.

3. Activate College-Thinking: Tips and Tools

With years of experience helping students get college-ready, TWF’s Cristina Fernández and Eric Moore are changing the way we teach college access. Learn interactive teaching tools that go far beyond worksheets & PowerPoints.

4. Building Student Centered STEM Communities

Moderated by Dr. Katherine Bihr, VP of Programs and Education at TWF, listen in as STEM community leaders from government, expanded learning and the non-profit sector reflect on their experiences to maximize STEM learning opportunities. Panelists include Maya Garcia, Director at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE); Leyla Riley, Executive Director of OC STEM Initiative; and Sabrina Gomez, Director at ExpandED Schools.


Kathy Bihr and Gyla Bell taking a selfie at SXSWedu 2017
Dr. Kathy Bihr and Gyla Bell take time for a quick selfie at the 2017 SXSWedu

5. The STEM in Selfies

Join TWF’s David Tong and bring your camera phone to explore how to take creative selfies by applying STEM knowledge!

6. Career Ready: The Power of Mentorship

The Earl Woods Scholar Program’s Cristina Fernández, along with a mentor, mentee & an HR specialist will speak to the impact mentorship can have in a young person’s success.

We need YOUR support to make it to SXSWedu this March. Cast your vote for all SIX of our sessions today!

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