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Our 2016-17 Season is kicking off on September 19! 

We're kicking off our 2016-17 season of EDTalks with a discussion on demographic data - how the demographics of Minnesota and the metro area have changed over time, and what these changes mean for our communities and our classrooms. Join us to network before the program, grab some appetizers to enjoy during the presentations, and participate in our Q&A! 

Don't miss this evening of great EDTalks and conversation with Ruth Hamberg, Engagement Specialist for Minnesota Compass and KaYing Yang, Policy Director at the Coalition for Asian American Leaders in St. Paul. Our emcee for the evening is Javier Morillo.

Learn more and Register today! 

EDTalks is a lively series of networking and education events that engages young professionals in public education issues in the Twin Cities. Each program features two compelling 20-minute presentations by cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists and others, along with ample time for conversation and networking.

EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals - Twin Cities.

EDTalks is generously sponsored by grants from


For more information, contact Rachel at 612.455.1559 or  rshields@achievempls.org.

EDTalks Videos | Photo Archives

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EDTalks Videos
Ruth Hamberg

EDTalks Video: Ruth Hamberg on Who is Minnesota?

Ruth Hamberg is Engagement Specialist for Minnesota Compass, which provides current, credible data about our quality of life. Ruth works with decision-makers to inspire action through research and data storytelling. With research experience ranging from India to Ecuador, she is also a leader in the Minnesota Rising network and guides community outreach efforts for a local faith community.

This video was filmed on September 2016 at IcehouseMpls and produced by Callsign51.

KaYing Yang

EDTalks Video: KaYing Yang on Who Are We Talking About? The Importance of Disaggregating Data

KaYing Yang is Policy Director at the Coalition of Asian American Leaders in St. Paul. As a social justice advocate, she has led community development efforts in the US, Thailand and Laos, and works with civil rights groups to address alarming gaps in educational achievements, lack of desegregated data, economic and health disparities that plague large sectors of the Southeast Asian American community.

This video was filmed on September 2016 at IcehouseMpls and produced by Callsign51.


EDTalks Extra! Q&A from our Sept 19 Event

Check out this bonus EDTalks featuring the Q&A portion of our program on Sept 19th!

This video was filmed on September 2016 at IcehouseMpls and produced by Callsign51.

EDTalks Video: Dr. Keith Stanley Brooks on Critical Race Theory: Fact Vs Feeling

Dr. Keith Stanley Brooks is the Dean of Academic Foundations at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. A licensed principal, Dr. Brooks has worked as an Associate Professor of Education at Bethel University, a Project Manager at the St Paul Public Schools Foundation and the Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs at Anoka Ramsey Community College. He earned his M.ED in teacher leadership and PhD in work and human resource education at the University of MN. This video was filmed and produced in April 2016 by Callsign51.

EDTalks Video: Dr. Keith Mayes on Toward a Critical Theory of Blackness in the K-12 Classroom

Dr. Keith Mayes is Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of MN. His teaching and research interests include civil rights policy and the law, race and education pedagogy, and multiculturalism and diversity. Dr. Mayes has taught in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system and consults with school districts on curriculum development, institutional equity and student retention. This video was filmed in April 2016 by Callsign51.

EDTalks Extra! Q&A from our April 18 Event!

Check out this bonus EDTalks featuring the Q&A portion of our program on April 18th!

EDTalks Video: Bertrand Weber on Looking Through a Window at School Lunches

Bertrand Weber is Director of Culinary and Nutrition Services for Minneapolis Public Schools, where he has radically transformed school nutrition and is a leader in the Farm to School movement. Born in Switzerland, he is a former hotel and resort manager whose passion for the well-being of children and our environment led him to Hopkins Public Schools. His innovative approaches to school meals have received national attention.  This video was filmed and produced in February 2016 by Callsign51.

EDTalks Video: Dr. Megan Gunnar on Early Childhood & Brain Development

Dr. Megan Gunnar is a Regents Professor, Associate Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development and Director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She studies the impact of stress on behavioral development and how children regulate stress. Dr. Gunnar chairs the Research Advisory Council for the Minnesota Children’s Museum and is a consultant for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.  This video was filmed and produced in February 2016 by Callsign51.

EDTalks Video Extra! Q&A from February 29, 2016

Check out this bonus video featuring audience Q&A with Bertrand Weber and Dr. Megan Gunnar from our February 29, 2016 EDTalks at Icehouse. 

EDTalks Video: Dr. Bernadeia Johnson on 'A Little Girl Growing Up in the Segregated South'

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson served as Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools from 2010-2015, overseeing a district of 35,000 students and 7,000 staff and working diligently to improve education outcomes and close the city’s wide achievement gap. She grew up during the civil rights era in Selma, Alabama, spending summers with her grandparents in Minnesota. A  National Board Certified Teacher, she has also served as MPS Deputy Superintendent and a principal, assistant principal and teacher in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.  This EDTalks was filmed and produced in November 2015 by Callsign51

EDTalks Video: Coralie Maldonado on STAND Against Discrimination

Coralie Maldonado is a junior at North High School in North St.Paul, Coralie Maldonado is a proud member of the Minnesota Youth Council and president of her school’s new social justice group STAND (Solidarity through the Annihilation of the Normality of Discrimination). Coralie also serves as a counselor for a St. Paul after-school program and mentors elementary students through SWAG (Students Working on the Achievement Gap). She has participated in the Youth Activist Summit, the Facing Race Awards and several other community projects. This EDTalks was filmed and produced in November 2015 by Callsign51

Peggy Flanagan

EDTalks Video: Peggy Flanagan on Knowing Where We Come From Determines Where We're Going

Peggy Flanagan joined Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota as its executive director in 2013. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy was the first Native American and youngest person ever elected to serve on the Minneapolis Board of Education (2005-2009). She co-chairs Mayor Betsy Hodges' Cradle to K Cabinet and has served on Governor Mark Dayton's Task Force on Child Protection. A nationally-recognized expert on civic engagement, Peggy was chosen by Campaigns & Elections magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics.  This EDTalks was filmed and produced in November 2015 by Callsign51

Tom Rademacher and Arieanna Whitley

EDTalks Video: Tom Rademacher and Arieanna Whitley on Students Lead in Anti-Racist Classrooms

Tom Rademacher teaches in Minneapolis and was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2014. Tom’s work in the classroom focuses on giving his students opportunities to learn about the world, reasons to really care about it, and the voice and tools to change it. Outside of his classroom he’s passionate about new teacher support and student advocacy. In whatever free time he finds, he blogs and Tweets about education. Arieanna Whitley is a high school student in Minneapolis. This EDTalks was filmed and produced in September 2015 by Callsign51

Kao Kalia Yang

EDTalks Video: Kao Kalia Yang on a Hmong Perspective of Public Education

Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, writer and author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the forthcoming book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). Born in Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, she is a member of the Hmong ethnic minority and is now an American citizen. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. This EDTalk was presented on April 6, 2015.  Video by CallSign51. 

Dana Mortenson

EDTalks Video: Dana Mortenson on Globally Competent Teaching

Dana Mortenson's deep belief in the transformative power of global education led her to co-found World Savvy, which has reached more than 375,000 students and 2,200 educators from three offices nationwide. Dana serves as adviser and board member to a range of nonprofits focused on youth development, international education and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010. This EDTalk was presented on April 6, 2015.  Video by CallSign51.