SXSW: Underground Professional Development: What’s Up?

Friends of WeThinkBig and Madison Public Library,

We need your help!

Madison’s very own Kathe Crowley Conn and Laura Damon Moore are in the running to present at this year’s SXSW Edu!

In order to present, we need to get as many votes as possible!!

Send our local education enthusiasts to SXSW to lead a panel discussion on underground professional development in education by sending in your vote. Simply make an online account and help us represent innovation within Wisconsin Education!

Vote for Kathe & Laura’s panel at:


Underground Professional Development: What’s Up?

Underground PD: Let’s look under the ‘Hood — Oftentimes Districts and traditional PD venues cannot provide the most up to date and relevant PD for local educators, nor skills they want to learn. This session will explore the concept of ‘underground PD” – a new approach that provides educator PD and a taste of technology & innovation when and where teachers need it, using community experts, local businesses, and other just-in-time experiences that occur in pop-up venues like coffee shops, restaurants and other fun and social venues. This approach has been launched in Madison WI where it has reached hundreds and spurred Communities of Innovative Practice.


  1. Learn how you can tap organizations, local talent and new relationships with local bus. professionals to build needed educator skills
  2. Explore different program and event models that utilize local talent & community resources for enhanced professional development of teachers
  3. Shape underground offerings that offer new experiences, yet support and complement what is provided by Districts and traditional PD venues.


Go to SXSW and search “Underground Professional Development: What’s up? To vote for Kathe and Laura!



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