HMH Thought Leaders to Participate in SXSW EDU 2021

Virtual sessions explore the future of the K-12 classroom, equity in education and the post-pandemic landscape

BOSTON — Learning technology company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today announced its schedule of programming for next week’s virtual SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival, joining thousands of educators and industry practitioners from across the country for engaging discussions about innovation and the future of teaching and learning in a landscape altered by the ongoing pandemic.

Over the course of the conference, which takes place March 9–11, HMH will offer two sessions that explore vital topics, including lessons gathered from a year of teaching and learning amidst COVID-19, the future of the classroom and purposeful use of technology, building equitable solutions, and the importance of social-emotional learning and how we can better support teachers, students and families.

On March 9, HMH CEO Jack Lynch sits down with OZY Media’s Carlos Watson for a wide-ranging discussion on the future of the classroom, the edtech industry, leadership and more. On March 11, HMH’s Matthew Mugo Fields, General Manager of Supplemental and Intervention Solutions and co-founder of Innovation for Equity, joins Dr. Lisa Herring, Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and Henry Hipps, Deputy Director of the K-12 Education team at the Gates Foundation for a conversation about what we’ve learned over the past year including challenges, bright spots and where we need to go from here.

“Each year SXSW EDU convenes innovative thinkers and professionals in education for dynamic discussion and problem-solving – we are grateful to join the conversation this year, at a critical time for the K-12 world,” said Jack Lynch, HMH CEO. “We look forward to both sharing what we’ve learned and learning from other educators and thought leaders as we all continue to navigate the changing landscape of education and rechart the course for how we help all students achieve better outcomes.”

HMH will present the following sessions:


DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 9, 4-430PM ET


Jack Lynch, CEO at HMH
Carlos Watson, CEO at Ozy Media


We’re in a profound education paradigm shift, accelerated by the pandemic. What is the future of learning? The classroom? Of edtech? Join the CEO of OZY Media and the CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a candid conversation on the future of education and how can we enable a new digital-first, connected era, where technology can engage students, personalize learning and enable teachers to be the architects of this experience.


DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 11, 4:30-5PM ET


Matthew Mugo Fields, General Manager, Supplemental and Intervention Solutions at HMH

Lisa Herring, Superintendent at Atlanta Public Schools

Henry Hipps, Deputy Director, K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


One year ago, schools closed their buildings. Now, as we gather virtually in a landscape forever altered by the pandemic, we are seeing the challenges—and the bright spots—of the last year more clearly. From an accelerated adoption of edtech to exposure of deep inequities across the education system, we will examine what we’ve learned and explore where we go from here as we prioritize innovative solutions and systems that connect students, teachers and communities to create meaningful outcomes.


About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ: HMHC) is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students' potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 3 million educators in 150 countries, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit

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Katie Marshall

Communications Manager

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning. The annual event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, immersive workshops, interactive learning experiences, film screenings, early-stage startups, business opportunities, and networking. SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® family of conferences and festivals that has grown from 800 to over 8,000 registrants in the last decade. Join the passionate and innovative community at SXSW EDU Online, March 9-11, 2021. For more information, please visit


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