EDTalks

Based on the TEDTalks model, these lively happy hour events feature compelling short talks and Q & A on a wide range of issues impacting public education and our young people.

EDTalks presenters
EDTalks audience

Lively conversations about issues impacting public education and our young people

EDTalks features two compelling 20-minute presentations by cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists, policy-makers and others, with ample time for conversation and networking. $5 admission includes great appetizers. 

EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Pollen and Indigo Education.  

Find upcoming EDTalks on our events calendar.

Do you have a speaker or a topic to recommend for a future EDTalks? Share it with us today!

EDTalks Videos + Podcasts

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Beth Hawkins

Are education reporters making the grade?

Beth Hawkins
Mauri Chantel Melander Friestleben

Is working with the media #worththecost?

Mauri Chantel Melander Friestleben
EDTalks speaker Nate Eklund

Beyond Test Scores: Schools as Vibrant Workplaces

Nate Eklund
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The Power of Mentorship

Daryl Parks and Alexei Moon Casselle
Mayra presenting

Engaging Youth to Address Racial Disproportionality in School Suspensions

Maren Henderson and Mayra Rendon
Jamie presenting

Restorative Practices and Peacemaking Circles in Schools: A Way of Being

Jamie Williams
Dr. Candace Burckhardt

Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Schools

Dr. Candace Burckhardt
Dr. Clay Cook

Nurturing and Responsive Environments

Dr. Clay Cook
Bryan and Shinoa

A Three Hour Drive: Disability as Diversity

Bryan Boyce and Shinoa Makinen
Dr. Ann Masten

Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Students Experiencing Homelessness

Dr. Ann Masten
Sambath Ouk

When Do You Stop Being a Refugee?

Sambath Ouk
Paul Creager

Civic-Engaged Digital Storytelling

Paul Creager
Jenny Wright Collins

Engaged Learning through Experiential Education

Jenny Wright Collins
Gayle Smaller

New Lens, New Perspecitves

Gayle Smaller
Dr. Mark Sander

Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Dr. Mark Sander
Rebeka Ndosi

Self-Care for Educators and Advocates

Rebeka Ndosi
Ruth Hamberg

Who Is Minnesota?

Ruth Hamberg
KaYing Yang

Who are We Talking About?

KaYing Yang
Dr. Keith Brooks

Critical Race Theory

Dr. Keith Stanley Brooks
Dr. Keith Mayes

Critical Theory of Blackness in K-12 Classroom

Dr. Keith Mayes
Representative Peggy Flanagan

Knowing Where We Come From

Rep. Peggy Flanagan
Arieanna Whitley

Students Lead in Anti-Racist Classrooms

Tom Rademacher and Arieanna Whitley
Bertrand Weber

Looking Through a Window at School Lunches

Bertrand Weber
Dr. Megan Gunnar

Early Childhood Brain Development

Dr. Megan Gunnar

Our EDTalks partners

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Indigo Education
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Our generous EDTalks sponsors

Bush Foundation
Verne C Johnson Family Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the geography. It works to inspire and support creative problem solving – within and across sectors – to make our region better for everyone. 

The Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation supports activities in the areas of education, youth and mentorship. Verne is a former Citizens League Executive Director and his children wished to honor their father's commitment to the organization over his long life. Watch this video message from the Foundation.