Adam Kulaas

Getting Smart

With a love for designing from the edges and directly through “no, because,” Adam leads our learning solution design work at Getting Smart. With over 20 years of playing in the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade sandbox, he pulls from experiences as a leader, teacher and learning designer to serve partners in their mission to truly transform learner experience.

Fueled by his forever mantra of, “dream, design, deliver” and a mindset that sees possibility, he is at his best when armed with a pen, whiteboard and stage to amplify the knowledge in the room. He is a whole child champion and is driven to serve across the learning continuum to open doors to personalization as he teams to build the exciting intersection of the future of learning and work.

With previous experience leading and designing schools, programs and curriculum; Adam enjoys the realities of implementation and forever identifies as an educator, who is eager to coach. From an innovative PreK through 8th grade Public Montessori school to a hybrid blended high school, Adam thrives in integrating technology as a catalyst for innovation and continually pursues opportunities to push beyond the box. His work as an ASCD faculty member affirmed his passion for building teacher capacity and solidifies his belief in relationships as the most important aspect of lifelong learning.

An avid reader, you’ll often find Adam immersed in books that are not often clearly identified within the education realm, eager to translate relevance for our partners or accelerate his own evolution as a solver. When not engaged in the work, Adam loves exploring his family’s new Arizona surroundings with his wife, boys and dogs – often going long on his desire to make people laugh. If you’re ready to positively agitate your current reality to embrace the idea of doing what is best for kids, he can be found on Twitter, @AdamKulaas or through email,

[Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.]

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.