Silverback Learning Solutions Announces Full Panel Line Up For SXSWedu’s “Flip It, Flip It Good” Session!

Veteran Physics Teacher & Flipped Classroom Advocate, Katie Lanier Joins Moderator, TED Education Board Member, Jon Bergmann, Silverback Learning’s CEO, Dr. Jim Lewis, Gooru’s CEO, Prasad Ram

Special SXSWedu Session Announcement – Bergmann Plans to Flip The Session  Like a Flipped Classroom, With Interactive Audience Participation & Discussion, A Progressive First For SXSWedu! 

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BOISE, Idaho, September 5, 2013 – Silverback Learning Solutions (www.silverbacklearning.com), an educator-founded technology company and developer of MilepostsÔ, a results-driven instructional improvement system installed in schools K-12 nationwide, today announces their full line up for SXSWedu’s Flip It, Flip It Good Panel Session.  Veteran physics teacher and flipped classroom advocate, Katie Lanier joins an impressive session that will be led by Moderator, Jonathan Bergmann, TED education board member, Flipped Learning Network Treasurer & Co-Author, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, Dr. Jim Lewis, CEO, Silverback Learning Solutions and Prasad Ram, CEO, Gooru.

“After spending months researching the very best candidates we could find to drive the most progressive and informative flipped panel session we envisioned, we are beyond excited to finalize and share our panel session members, who are renowned for their respected work in education and technology,” said Dr. Jim Lewis, CEO of Silverback Learning Solutions.  What Jonathan has in store for our presentation promises to be unlike any session you’ve attended, and I can promise SXSWedu attendees will be talking about it now and leading up to the conference next March.  His approach to a flipped session is that novel, and unique.”

“Flipped learning is re-inventing and re-energizing education, both inside and outside the classroom, helping to elevate the quality of valuable teacher/student one-on-one interactions, and compatibly empowering their use of technology,” said author, Jon Bergmann, Flipped Learning Network Treasurer. Flipping a classroom successfully doesn’t happen instantly overnight, but rather over time as teachers learn more and build their knowledge on new possibilities for their students.  This is why SXSWedu and our session is so important to attendees, especially teachers, as we will provide them with a fully interactive “flipped session”, and share successful best practices, day in the life scenarios, as well as resources and real knowledge they can take back and apply to begin re-vitalizing their own classrooms.”


Session Sneak Peek! Yes, the rumor is true!  We’re flipping the SXSWedu session!


The Flipped Classroom: What you’ll take away from the session? You already know about the flipped classroom; you may very well be implementing it in your school or district. But why are you doing it? What are you learning and where do you want to take flipping in the future?  How can you use online resources such as Gooru to personalize instruction for students? Join Jon Bergmann for a lively discussion about best practices and the underlying reasons why the flipped classroom is transforming teachers and students across the globe. This interactive session will be a discussion in which audience members are key contributors, participating verbally and via their devices.  


The Flipped Conference: An Experiment in Content Delivery. The Flipped Classroom model is taking the field of education by storm and has big implications for how we can deliver education to conference attendees.  In this model for the Flip It, Flip It Good Panel, participants will view short videos prior to the session in order to make the most of their session experience.  Flipped Classroom Pioneer, Jon Bergmann will walk you through the Flipped Classroom concept and how it can be applied to conferences through an actual Flipped Classroom experience with advanced video and interactive classroom participation.  Be a part of the Flip It, Flip It Good Session for this unique delivery method and learn how you can reinvent content delivery at your meetings.

SXSWedu 2014 Session Learning Outcomes:

  • Experience the Flipped Classroom model first hand.  Mom won’t be there but after school snacks will be served!
  • Share emerging best practices in personalized learning, “flipping the classroom”, and mobile technology in the evolving K-12 classroom.
  • Understand the basic principles of the Flipped Classroom.
  • Apply the Flipped Classroom concept to meetings and conferences.
  • Participants of this session must view a short video lecture prior to the session.  The video will be available in the near future.


About Dr. Jim Lewis & Silverback Learning Solutions

Dr. Jim Lewis, a 40-year educator spanning teacher to superintendent, founded Silverback Learning Solutions with one simple mission: to maximize achievement for all students, while not letting any one student fall through the cracks. Dr. Lewis steers the company’s innovative development, growth and business strategies. He was awarded Idaho Superintendent of the Year in 2005 and in 2009 was the recipient of the national “What Parents Want”. In addition to running a 600-employee, $35M school district he is the former CEO of two successful pari-mutuel horse racing business ventures, from 1975 to 1991.

Silverback Learning Solutions is a company founded by educators to help fellow educators accelerate achievement in all students. Our award-winning student improvement solution, Mileposts, tightly knits individualized learning plans and interventions with curriculum and assessment, leveraging your existing investments in those areas so your schools can quickly become powerhouses of personalized learning. Mileposts is the first IIS (Instructional Improvement System) to provide over 14 million free digital resources and assessment items indexed to state standards via the Gooru search engine for learning.  With Mileposts, teachers can quickly create assignments and interventions, monitor achievement, and gain insights to improve instruction to any group, subgroup, or individual student. We provide all of this in one cloud-based, value-conscious platform, quick and easy for teachers, administrators, students, and parents to access from any device.  Please visit us at www.silverbacklearning.com.


About Prasad Ram & Gooru

Prasad Ram is the founder and CEO of Ednovo, a non-profit education technology start-up that develops Gooru, a search engine for learning. He has led the creation of a number of technologies, such as digital rights management, maps, voice recognition and language transliteration.  Ram started his career at Xerox PARC, where he worked on Digital Rights Management technology.  Based on the DRM technologies he developed and patented, he created and became the General Manager of ContentGuard business at Xerox. In 2000, he founded Dynamx Technology, Inc., a start-up that was acquired by Value Chain Pty. Ltd.  Ram joined Yahoo!, as a chief technology officer of Yahoo! India in April 2004. He led the creation of products (Yahoo! Audio/Image search, Yahoo! 360, and Yahoo! Hotjobs) and platforms (Spam Filtering, Behavioral Targeting, Mobile Data Analysis, Vertical Search, Content Management). He joined Google as the head and site director at Google’s India research and development centre in Bangalore in October 2006. In 2007, he introduced many products and technologies, including Mapmaker, News, Finance and Transliteration.  He then moved back to the U.S., where he worked on Google Books and as Director of Engineering, Google Research.  While working at Google, Ram devised a prototype to address his problem of finding age- and topic-appropriate educational resources on the web and subsequently left Google to pursue Gooru as a non-profit education technology start-up.   To date, Gooru is a search engine for learning with over 14 million resources covering K-12 topics. Teachers can access and organize these free multimedia resources into collections, build their own quizzes, and assign them to students, who can study at their own pace. Please visit www.goorulearning.org.


About Jonathan Bergmann

Jonathan Bergmann is a teacher, educational coach, and writer who has had the privilege of helping educators “turn learning on its head.”  As Secretary/Treasurer for the Flipped Learning Network, Bergmann is considered one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement and is a co-author of the book, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day.  He believes educators should ask one guiding question:  What is best for my students in my classroom?  To the best of his abilities he has done this in his twenty-four years as a high school science teacher.  Bergmann received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010.  He serves on the advisory board of TED Education, among other boards.  He hosts “The Flip Side,” a radio show, which tells the stories of Flipped Educators improving the lives of students.


About Katie Lanier

Katie Lanier has been a teacher for 12 years and has taught at Allen High since 2004.  Allen High is included in the Allen Independent School District, which serves a suburban community 23 miles north of Dallas, TX.   Allen ISD recently named Lanier as one of its teachers of the year, where fellow educators and school administrators chose her from a group of 22 campus teachers of the year.  Katie teaches physics and scientific research and design and uses a flipped classroom format for her class, which reverses the conventional teaching method by having students watch lectures recorded by their teacher at home and perform their “homework” at school.  The success and effectiveness of the flipped model is evident in Lanier’s classes.  Recently quoted, “The flipped class makes a big difference. I spend one-on-one time with each student every class period so I know who’s struggling.” Katie previously taught at Plano East High School and Kerr Elementary School, where she was a fifth-grade math and science teacher.


Media contact:


Cherie Le Penske

LP Group for Silverback Learning Solutions


(206) 852-8427







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Posted: September 5th, 2013