Looking Forward to another great year at SXSWedu!


PCG selected to present at SXSWedu 2017

SXSWedu 2017 is just a few months away and PCG is excited to announce that our team will present three sessions at the upcoming conference! We are excited to once again bring together thought-leaders and experts from across the country to highlight innovation, best practices, and collaboration across a breadth of fields.  
Here’s a sneak peek of our SXSWedu 2017 presentations: Engaging the Community, Wired for Job Embedded On-line Learning, and Building a Competitive Workforce Pipeline: 2 + 2 =6.

Engaging the Community

Monday, March 6th 1:30-3:30pm (Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 408)

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of our youth, specifically young men and women of color. It takes a community to raise a child from Cradle-to-Career. This problem solver session will showcase innovative and creative strategies for community engagement as well as emerging best practices to open gates of opportunity.


  • Brenda Manuel Ed D - Director of Student Empowerment
    Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Diallo Shabazz - Executive Director
    One Hundred Black Men
  • Mark Bedell - Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools
    Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Wired for Job Embedded On-line Learning

Monday, March 6th 3:30 – 4:40 (JW Marriott, Salon A)

From professional development in a large urban district to teacher preparation in a small university (and much in between), this panel of public, private, and academic voices share insights on why online professional learning underwhelms--and the merits of “job-embedded” approaches. Panelists will use a Twitter backchannel to capture thoughts in real-time and drive discussion.


  • Kim Frumin - Advanced Doctoral Student
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Viraj Kamdar - Director of Online & Blended Learning
    NYC Department of Education
  • Tom Liam Lynch - Pace University
    Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
  • Michael Weinraub - Senior Associate
    Public Consulting Group

Kidonomics: 2 + 2 = 6

Tuesday, March 7th 4:00 – 6:00 (TBD)

When exactly should we begin preparing our kids so as to build a competitive workforce pipeline? When is too early, or too late? Preparing our youth with the skills they need to secure jobs and live the life they desire is crucial. Significant evidence indicates that birth to 3rd grade is the most critical period to create a foundation for good health, well-being, and for achieving greater success socially, academically, and in the workforce. Those who fall behind early, even prior to their first birthday, stay behind. Building cross-sectoral collaboration between Health, Human Services, and Education will allow us to address the issues of early childhood development and exponential increase our results, thus achieving 2 + 2 = 6.


  • Jamie Kilpatrick – Associate Manager
    Public Consulting Group
  • Alvin Crawford – Manager
    Public Consulting Group
  • Donnie Charleston – Economic Policy Manager
    Institute for Emerging Issues


PCG SXSWedu News

Learning from Edison’s Mistakes

By providing opportunities for authentic engagement, course designers can ensure that online learning is more effective than the failed educational technology tools of the past... Read More.

A Sure Bet in Nevada: Effective Online Professional Development

In order to better prepare students for colleges and careers, schools are increasingly focusing on math and science education. To do this, teachers must be equipped with the skills and content knowledge necessary... Read More.

Found in Translation

For PCG blended learning specialist Michael Weinraub, creating effective online professional development for teachers isn’t simply a matter of putting existing resources on a digital platform... Read More.

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About Public Consulting Group (PCG)

PCG's Education solutions are supported by nearly 30 years of management consulting experience and significant K-12 educational domain expertise. We provide educators with the tools and skills to use data to make effective instructional decisions. Our consulting services help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries to identify and implement promising pathways to improve programs and processes, optimize financial resources, and promote student success. Our technology solutions support this work by giving educators the means to gather, manage, and analyze data, including student performance information.