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What are this year’s top trends at SXSW EDU?

Check out these SXSW EDU sessions and see how your colleagues foster innovation in learning

Mental Health & Well-being
As students interact with the increasingly complex world around them, there is a growing need for education communities to be responsive to the mental well-being of their learners. Both in-school and out-of-school factors impact student performance, and there’s a growing movement for institutions to play an important role in addressing them. Self-reflection and processing trauma are now key skills required to demonstrate resilience in work.

Related sessions:
Arrested Development: Children, Trauma, & School
Be Your Own Answer: Self Care for Teachers
Empowering English Learners in Challenging Times

School Safety
Increased threats to safety and security on school and college campuses have prompted an immediate and extensive reaction across the country as students, parents, educators, and lawmakers seek to understand the dangers facing learners. Efforts to ensure and maintain a safe educational environment extend to building an inclusive campus culture where students feel comfortable learning, free from bullying, harm, or violence.

Related sessions:
How Anonymous Reporting Prevents School Violence
School Safety: Get Real
Students’ Safety or Privacy? Why Not Both?

Students as Agents of Change
Around the country and across the globe we are seeing an unprecedented groundswell of students speaking out with the fundamental belief that young people have the power to drive real and meaningful change. From curriculum co-creation to community activism and student-led demonstrations, today’s learners are taking action.

Related sessions:
Classrooms & Beyond: Empowering Student Voices
Helping Student Activists Succeed
Hungry for Connection: No One Eats Alone

[Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears on the SXSW EDU blog.]

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