UHS Highlighted at National Learning Conference

Uxbridge High School to be Highlighted at National Learning Conference

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Tiano is proud to announce that the work of Uxbridge High School will be highlighted at the annual South by Southwest-EDU Conference in Austin, Texas. The South by Southwest Education Conference & Festival is an annual event that fosters innovation in learning and is one of the preeminent creative education festivals held each year in the United States.

“The recognition of our high school at this level not only is exciting, but also validates the work of our town and community to support great opportunities for our students,” Dr. Tiano said. “Our district aspires to be innovative and creative, and we know that these enhancements to and partnerships in learning bode well for the future of all our students.”

UHS Principal Michael Rubin will be participating on multiple panels in collaboration with a number of national and New England educational leaders, and will be featured on a panel entitled:“Making Learning Relevant: Pathways and Connections to the World of Work.” Through the discussion, UHS’ work as a leader for Innovation Pathways in the Commonwealth and through its partnerships with higher education and local industry will be highlighted. Other panelists include Alexandra Lee, the Executive Director of the Sasaki Foundation, Elliot Washor, the Co-Founder of Big Picture Learning, and David Miyashiro, the superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union (CA) School District. 

“It is humbling and exciting to think of representing our school on such an amazing scale,” Mr. Rubin said. “We are grateful for the partnerships with the Department of Education and local industry and the hard work of our staff that has helped make new ways of learning come to fruition.”

“When we think of the outcomes of our strategic planning, our core values, and the learning expectations we have in terms of skills and content, it serves both Uxbridge and the region to be providing students opportunities to be ready for career or higher education,” said Dr. Tiano. “We’re proud to highlight these efforts, since it really does show that we are ahead of the proverbial curve in terms of the national educational trends.”

The SXSW EDU (pronounced South by Southwest E-D-U) community is optimistic, forward-thinking, and purpose-driven with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning. The four-day event offers compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, future-focused competitions, an expo, networking opportunities, and so much more. Through opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and engagement, SXSW EDU empowers its global community to connect, discover, and impact, and SXSW EDU features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, policy discussions and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders. The program features more than 4000 attendees.

SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for creative professionals, SXSW EDU extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement to include educators.

Earlier this year, UHS' Innovation Pathways were highlighted as part of the Professional Learning conference of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools, of which Uxbridge High School is a member.