AchieveMpls EDTalks events feature compelling short talks and Q&A on a wide range of issues impacting young people and public education.

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What's EDTalks?

AchieveMpls EDTalks features compelling short talks and conversations with cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists, researchers, policymakers and others on a wide range of equity-focused issues that impact our young people and public education. 

Launched in 2012 and based on the TEDTalks model, EDTalks raises public awareness of critical topics and strengthens community engagement and advocacy with and on behalf of our young people. It also provides a platform for creative leaders to showcase innovative ideas, share successes in their work, gain insight and feedback from colleagues, connect with community audiences and identify growth opportunities.

Each EDTalks event features two presentations and concludes with Q & A, ensuring that our speakers and audiences have opportunities for conversation and deeper dives into the evening’s topics. Traditionally hosted in front of a live audience, EDTalks went virtual in 2020-21 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether live or virtual, our goal is that our audience emerges more informed, curious, energized and ready to find new ways to support our young people. 

EDTalks is presented in partnership with Citizens League and with generous support from Bush Foundation.

Join us for our tenth season!

A big thanks to our 2020-21 EDTalks speakers, including BIPOC educators, school counselors, mental health practitioners, education and youth advocates and school administrators. We were so honored to partner with these incredible leaders. If you missed any of these six EDTalks events, check out our videos and podcasts.

We’re excited to launch our tenth season of EDTalks this fall, and will be highlighting "emerging voices" from the education, equity and youth development spaces who are addressing critical issues impacting our young people, schools and public education. We are currently in the process of selecting speakers who are:

  • Young leaders in these and related fields who are providing fresh perspectives and approaches.
  • Thought leaders and practitioners who are in new positions of leadership or offering creative new ideas and questioning the status quo.
  • Seasoned leaders who are new to presenting in a public forum or who have limited public speaking experience.

Share your voice, stories and ideas as an EDTalk speaker!

EDTalks is committed to selecting speakers who are passionate about their subject matter and represent the communities we serve. Our selection process is guided by these equity values: embracing differences – race, culture, religion, ability, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and class – eliminating racism and other forms of bias, and creating inclusive spaces where all persons feel valued, heard and respected.

The speaker application is now closed for the 2021-22 season. For those who submitted an application, thank you and we will be in touch with you soon.

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

Check out our EDTalks videos and podcasts below!

Become an EDTalks Partner!

We’re always looking for new EDTalks partners to collaborate on programming, financial support and promotion. This is a great opportunity for your organization to affiliate with a well-established program that is increasing visibility on critical public education and equity issues, supporting emerging leaders and strengthening community engagement on behalf of our young people.

Learn more about how to support this program as an EDTalks partner.

EDTalks Videos + Podcasts

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Screenshot of Mikisha Nation's EDTalks

How to Lead So Adults Will Listen (and Other Lessons from Young People)

Mikisha Nation
Screenshot of YLI EDTalk

Youth Perspectives on Reimagining Equitable Youth Work

Youth Leadership Initiative
Screenshot of Chastity Lord presenting her EDTalk

The Power of Education in Disrupting Generational Poverty

Chastity Lord
Screenshot of Ini Augustine presenting her EDTalk

Education and Technology Access: Jim Crow in the New World Order

Ini Augustine
Screenshot of Derek Francis' EDTalk

Let's Talk About Race in School

Derek Francis
Screenshot of Courtney Bell-Duncan's EDTalk

Cultural Responsiveness In and Out of the Classroom

Dr. Courtney Bell-Duncan
Dr. Lanise Block

Developing an Equity Leadership Identity

Dr. Lanise Block
Jamil Stamchror-Lott

Where is Mental Health in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work?

Jamil Stamschror-Lott
EDTalks screenshot of Alan Page, October 21 event

From "Adequate" to "Quality": A Constitutional Amendment for Minnesota Students

Neel Kashkari and Alan Page
Dr. Artika Tyner

Learn to Read, Learn to Lead

Dr. Artika Tyner
Michael Walker

Changing Outcomes for Black Males

Michael V. Walker
EDTalks speaker Junauda Petrus-Nasah

The Stars and The Blackness Between Them: Writing About Queer Young Black Love

Junauda Petrus-Nasah
EDTalks speakers Elena, Sophie and Louise

Creating Pro-Girl Environments

Elena Gustafson, Sophie and Louise
EDTalks speaker Amy Cram Helwich

How Debaters Will Save Democracy and Change the World

Amy Cram Helwich
EDTalks speaker Amy Meuers

Igniting Civic Engagement Through Service Learning

Amy Meuers
Screenshot of Dave Eisenmann

How to Raise Tech Healthy Kids

Dave Eisenmann
EDTalks speaker Erin Walsh

It's Complicated: Students, Social Media and Mental Health

Erin Walsh
Salma Hussein

The Power of Strong Relationships for Student Success

Salma Hussein, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Dr. Candace Burckhardt

Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Schools

Dr. Candace Burckhardt
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
Dr. Mark Sander

Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Dr. Mark Sander
Rebeka Ndosi

Self-Care for Educators and Advocates

Rebeka Ndosi
KaYing Yang

Who are We Talking About?

KaYing Yang
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

Our EDTalks partner

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Thanks to our generous sponsor

Bush 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.