ED Talks

MTA ED Talks give a platform for educators and others to present their "big ideas about education." ED Talks posted below were recorded at MTA Summer Conference in 2016. Also check out ED Talks from 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Present at ED Talks 2017

We are currently accepting applications for ED Talks 2017 which will be presented on Monday, July 31, at UMass Amherst. 


Liz Phipps Soeiro: Creating Community and Active Citizens

How do we create community connections beyond our school walls? By opening our doors, says Cambridge elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro, who has turned her school library into a community hub — with a focus on civic engagement.

Liz Homan: The (Invisible) Power of Teacher Networks

There is power in numbers — and in networks. Intrigued by this notion, Waltham ed tech administrator Liz Homan set out to determine the real value of networks — those meaningful connections made with other teaching professionals that shape our work and thinking.

Tracy Sockalosky: It Begins with Me - The Power of Teaching Empathy

Are we doing our job as educators if our students are attaining skills and knowledge but cannot connect to the wider world? Natick social studies teacher Tracy Sockalosky explores how a trip to Auschwitz inspired her to dig deeper and help her students understand the human stories that break down borders.

Sue Doherty: Library 911

Public school libraries are facing extinction in many urban districts. Longtime school librarian Sue Doherty sounds the alarm on this disturbing trend and offers concrete ways for educators and parents to stand up for the libraries in their own public schools.

Rob Powers: What Whitey Bulger Taught Me About Authentic Learning

Rob Powers’ students made headlines when infamous mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger sent them a letter from his cell at a federal penitentiary in Florida. Powers, a social studies teacher, shares the tale — and the lessons learned.

Chandler Creedon: Horace Mann -- Then and Now

Horace Mann -- called "the father of American public education" -- wrote six core principles. School psychologist Chandler Creedon makes the case that these six principles, which form the basis of public education, are as important today as they were when Mann wrote them in the 1800s. Creedon is a school counselor and psychologist at the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin.

Edward Scofield: On Being A Reluctant Learner

Edward Scofield, who went from habitual “trouble-maker” to honor student and college graduate, shares his story and his perspective as a reluctant learner — and challenges us as educators to reconsider our most difficult students. Scofield is a 2016 graduate of Salem State University.

Danika Tyminski: Small School, Big Heart

Last spring, 82 students at the Swift River School in Western Massachusetts were scheduled to take the PARCC test. Seventy of them opted out. What was behind the successful opt-out effort? Nothing less than the love and support of the community, says Danika Tyminski, who teaches sixth grade at the school.

ED Talks

MTA ED Talks 2016 was held in the auditorium at the Integrative Learning Center (ILC) at UMass Amherst on August 1. The ED Talks Planning Committee includes Westborough librarian Laura Beals D’Elia and Natick teacher Camille Napier Bernstein

MTA ED Talks are posted on YouTube.