Discover work taking place at critical junctures of education during the University of Washington College of Education's next EduTalks event, taking place February 27, 2020, at the Burke Museum.

Preparing and sustaining a more diverse educator workforce, improving early learning experiences, supporting robust climate science education, advancing the practice of instructional leadership — these issues and more will be tackled by UW researchers and local leaders, including Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau, during the event.

The theme of the event, “Tipping Points: Leveraging Change in Education,” will spotlight work with significant potential to improve young people’s educational experiences said UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan.

“Our presenters are all leading efforts to transform public education and improve outcomes for students here in Washington state and beyond,” Tuan said. “I look forward to having educators, policymakers, advocates and everyone interested in advancing educational justice join the conversation about these big ideas and how to move them forward.”

Speaking at EduTalks are:

  • Anne Beitlers, UW College of Education — "The messy, but necessary, work of exploring identity in the classroom"
  • Phil Bell & Deb Morrison , UW Institute for Science + Math Education — "Climate Justice Education: A hopeful pathway towards a just and sustainable future"
  • Ann Ishimaru, UW College of Education — "Families as fellow leaders on the journey to educational justice"
  • Denise Juneau, Seattle Public Schools — "Seventh generation decision making"
  • Joanna Michelson, UW Center for Educational Leadership — "Principal as the turning point"
  • Kathleen Meeker , UW College of Education — "Caring for our caregivers"
  • Jessica Rigby, UW College of Education — "Anti-racist instructional leadership"
  • Niral Shah, UW College of Education — "STEM education: Racism's canary in the coal mine"
  • Min Sun, UW College of Education, & Clover Codd, Seattle Public Schools — "Can big data help foster a more culturally responsive teaching workforce?"
  • Jessica Thompson, UW College of Education — "Elementary science's metamorphosis toward educational justice"

During the fast-paced program, presenters will have five minutes and one image to share their unique take on practices and policies that can address some of the biggest challenges in education. 

“Tipping Points: Leveraging Change in Education,” is supported by the University of Washington Alumni Association and ParentMap.

The Feb. 27 EduTalks event has reached capacity; videos of the talks will be posted on the College's YouTube channel following the event. Please email any event questions.

The UW College of Education’s EduTalks series features nationally-recognized researchers who partner with schools, communities and organizations to address the most pressing issues in education. Watch previous EduTalks online.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications

Thank you to our EduTalks 2020 sponors.