Based on the TEDTalks model, our EDTalks happy hour events feature compelling short talks and Q & A on a wide range of issues impacting young people and public education. Learn more about our upcoming ninth season, which will feature Black and Brown voices.

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

Planning is underway for our ninth year of EDTalks – and we're excited to focus our upcoming season on Black and Brown voices in the K-12 education, equity and youth development spaces.

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.

As we join our community in denouncing anti-Blackness and racism and work toward realizing racial justice, we are inviting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) speakers to apply to present at our six EDTalks programs this coming year.  

Interested in speaking at EDTalks? 

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

Check out our EDTalks videos and podcasts below!

COVID-19 Update

Due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 crisis as we plan our upcoming EDTalks season, we’ve made the very difficult decision that our two fall EDTalks will be held as virtual online events to ensure the safety of our speakers, audience and crew. We are monitoring this crisis carefully and will determine the format of our four remaining EDTalks in coming months based on guidelines from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health.

Therefore in this unusual time, all EDTalks speakers need to be prepared to present virtually. We will be in close touch with speakers regarding platform, live-streaming versus pre-recording and other details to allow as much advance prep time as possible.

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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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
EDTalks speaker Dave Eisenmann

How to Raise Tech-Healthy Kids

Dave Eisenmann
Washburn Blackbox Theatre students

Creating Change In and Out of the Classroom

Washburn Blackbox Theatre
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
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

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Our generous EDTalks sponsors

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.

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