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.
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 next 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 looking for:
- 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.
If you fit these criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply!
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.
Interested in applying? Here's what to do:
- Learn more about what it means to present as part of EDTalks by downloading our speaker info flyer. Please review this document before submitting your application.
- Submit your application online! Don't hesitate to reach out if you would prefer a paper copy.
- Wait to hear from us! Applications are reviewed by the EDTalks planning team, which includes staff from host organizations AchieveMpls and Citizens League and additional community members.
The application deadline is Friday, August 6. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Johnson at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Do you have an EDTalks speaker or a topic to recommend? 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.
EDTalks Videos + Podcasts
How to Lead So Adults Will Listen (and Other Lessons from Young People)
Youth Perspectives on Reimagining Equitable Youth Work
The Power of Education in Disrupting Generational Poverty
Education and Technology Access: Jim Crow in the New World Order
Let's Talk About Race in School
Cultural Responsiveness In and Out of the Classroom
Developing an Equity Leadership Identity
Where is Mental Health in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work?
From "Adequate" to "Quality": A Constitutional Amendment for Minnesota Students
Learn to Read, Learn to Lead
Changing Outcomes for Black Males
The Stars and The Blackness Between Them: Writing About Queer Young Black Love
Creating Pro-Girl Environments
How Debaters Will Save Democracy and Change the World
Igniting Civic Engagement Through Service Learning
How to Raise Tech Healthy Kids
It's Complicated: Students, Social Media and Mental Health
The Power of Strong Relationships for Student Success
Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Schools
A Three Hour Drive: Disability as Diversity
Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Students Experiencing Homelessness
When Do You Stop Being a Refugee?
Self-Care for Educators and Advocates
Who are We Talking About?
Critical Theory of Blackness in K-12 Classroom
Knowing Where We Come From
Students Lead in Anti-Racist Classrooms
Looking Through a Window at School Lunches
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