Our EDTalks happy hour events feature compelling short talks and Q & A on a wide range of issues impacting young people and public education. Check out our videos below and learn more about our ninth season featuring Black and Brown voices.

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Welcome to the 2020-21 EDTalks Season!

Presented in partnership with The Citizens League, EDTalks features compelling presentations and Q & A with cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists, policy-makers and others on issues impacting students and public education. EDTalks raises public awareness of these issues and strengthens community engagement and advocacy with and on behalf of our young people.

Our ninth season of EDTalks is focusing on Black and Brown voices in the K-12 education, equity and youth development spaces. Check out our EDTalks videos below, including speakers who have presented so far this season. You can find details on our upcoming EDTalks on our events calendar.

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

As we join our community in denouncing anti-Blackness and racism and work toward realizing racial justice, we are featuring BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) voices in our 2020-21 season. 

We are happy to share that all speakers have been selected for the 2020-21 season! If you'd like to learn more about what it means to present as part of EDTalks, download our speaker info flyer. The speaker application will become available again this summer for the 2021-22 season.

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

Check out our EDTalks videos and podcasts below!

Note About COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, our 2020-21 EDTalks season is virtual to ensure the safety of our speakers, audience and crew.  It saddens us greatly that we can’t safely gather our community together in person at this time. We hope that before too long we will be able to return to our live, in-person events once again. For more information, contact us at events@achievempls.org.

EDTalks Videos + Podcasts

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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
EDTalks speaker Erin Walsh

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

Erin Walsh
Washburn Blackbox Theatre students

Creating Change In and Out of the Classroom

Washburn Blackbox Theatre
EDTalks speaker Dave Eisenmann

How to Raise Tech-Healthy Kids

Dave Eisenmann
Ambar Hanson and Josh Fraser

The Voices Framework - How Student Stories Can Transform Schools

Ambar Hanson and Josh Fraser
Salma Hussein

The Power of Strong Relationships for Student Success

Salma Hussein, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Tea Rozman Clark

Storytelling as a Tool to Empower and Build Empathy

Tea Rozman Clark, Ph.D.
Jennifer Sommerness

What Success Looks Like

Jennifer Sommerness
Jason Bucklin

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools

Jason Bucklin
Hanane Kachman on stage at EDTalks

Creatively Addressing Workforce Gaps

Hanane Kachman
Sara Etzel on stage at EDTalks

Careers Start Here!

Sara Etzel
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
EDTalks photo

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 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.