AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival announced today its exciting opening keynote featuring storytelling phenomenon and renowned podcast, The Moth. In this opening session on March 5, 2018, The Moth Education Program will deliver a dynamic storytelling showcase, featuring educators Micaela Blei, Chris De La Cruz, Crystal Duckert, and Tim Manley as they inspire attendees with the power of true stories from their lives—journeys taken inside the classroom and outside of it.
In this showcase, the four educators will engage the audience with short stories highlighting their teaching journeys. The program builds on the premise that teachers bring themselves into the classroom, and their classrooms into their lives. In exploring this intersection of teacher identity, The Moth will inspire listeners to find their voices and share their own stories, launching a week of learning and connection at SXSW EDU, including their hands-on workshop for attendees to learn storytelling skills.
"Since its inception, SXSW EDU has aspired to elevate the voice—and more broadly, the profession—of teaching," said Ron Reed, Director of Emerging Events, SXSW. "In collaboration with The Moth Education Program, we've found a like-minded group who shares our intention and goal to elevate every educator's story. Mixing life and learning, we are thrilled to bring this inspirational kickoff to SXSW EDU 2018—spotlighting educator and innovator voices through the art of storytelling, to empower us all, in the days to come and beyond, to engage authentically, inform honestly, and inspire one another greatly."
"Telling stories about our experiences connects us to one another, to our students, and even to our own identities as teachers," says Micaela Blei, head of The Moth Education Program and one of the educators slated to take the stage at SXSW EDU. "We're thrilled to work with SXSW EDU to present this special showcase."
Opening Keynote Voices are:
To learn more about SXSW EDU speakers, please visit the speakers page, at https://www.sxswedu.com/program/speakers/
About The Moth
The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 30,000 true stories, told live, in front of audiences around the world. The Moth Education Program works with young people and educators to build community through storytelling workshops, performances, and innovative workshops. To learn more about The Moth, please visit themoth.org.
About SXSW EDU
The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning. The annual four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, immersive workshops, interactive learning experiences, film screenings, early-stage startups, business opportunities and networking. SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® family of conferences and festivals. Join the passionate and innovative community at SXSW EDU, March 5-8, 2018 in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.sxswedu.com.
Press accreditation for SXSW EDU 2018 is available until February 7, 2018 at http://www.sxswedu.com/press.
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