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Port Richmond High School's college readiness center, with Principal Tim Gannon (left, with tie) and President Richard Guarasci (right, with tie)

Early next year, Wagner College will be part of the innovative conversations about teaching and learning taking place at the South by Southwest Education conference — SXSWedu, for those in the know — scheduled for March 6-9 in Austin, Texas.

South by Southwest is synonymous with “leading edge” in all things cultural. Created in 1987, the annual conglomerate of music, film and interactive media festivals has grown in prominence each year. Last year, SXSW introduced a new conference on education, bringing together thought leaders to discuss the challenges and innovations affecting pre-K-12 and higher education today.

One of the panels accepted for this year’s SXSWedu is entitled “Can Higher Ed Lift the K-12 System to New Heights?” Panelists will include: Wagner College President Richard Guarasci; Port Richmond High School Principal Tim Gannon; Nyeema Watson, associate chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers University–Camden, and Byron White, vice president for university engagement and chief diversity officer at Cleveland State University.

President Guarasci and his fellow panelists will talk about how American colleges (like Wagner) can partner with American public schools (like Port Richmond High School) to lift American kids out of poverty and equip them with the education they must have in order to succeed.

For more information about the South by Southwest Education conference, visit the conference’s website.

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