Now in its sixth year, the Boston EdTalks is an annual convening of teachers who share short presentations about ideas or innovations that are making a difference in their classrooms or schools. 

The goal of the EdTalks is to celebrate great educators and give them a platform from which to share their innovative ideas, classroom practices, and solutions to challenges they face in their schools. Presenters propose an idea they are passionate about and are selected via a rigorous process by a panel of peer teachers. Some topics focus on awesome teaching practices, such as how to teach engineering to elementary students, how to incorporate #blacklivesmatter into middle school curriculum, and how to inspire high school students to become entrepreneurs. Other topics focus on bigger picture issues, like getting more teachers of color to stay in the classroom, why teacher salaries matter, or what it’s like to be a founding member of a new charter school.

In addition to many local teachers, we invite an audience of Greater Boston leaders both in and outside the field of education to learn from and be inspired by the presenters. Audience members agree: you will laugh, you will cry, and you might even find yourself singing along or doing jumping jacks with the crowd.

Each year we host the event during Teacher Appreciation Week because we believe that the best way to appreciate teachers is to recognize and celebrate their expertise. Our hope is that EdTalks is the beginning of a conversation in which teachers are respected as intellectuals and innovators who have wonderful contributions to make beyond their classrooms. 

The Teacher Advisory Board

The EdTalks is supported and sustained by The Boston Foundation, whose Teacher Advisory Board plays a large role in creating and implementing a vision for each year's event. The Boston Foundation Teacher Advisory Board began in 2012 as a way for TBF Leadership to connect directly with classroom teachers from district, charter, and Catholic schools in Boston. The TBF Teacher Advisory Board provides insight into the needs and challenges of classroom teachers and brings a diverse set of perspectives directly to the Foundation's leadership.

The Board is also instrumental in selecting EdTalks presenters and coaching them prior to the event.

The members of the 2016-2017 Boston Foundation Teacher Advisory Board are:

Sean Brooks, Winthrop Elementary School, Boston Public Schools

Kate Cody, Sacred Heart Elementary School, Brighton

Adam Dobberfuhl, Boston Preparatory Charter Public School

Alex Flatley, Brooke Mattapan Charter

Annemarie Granstrand, South Boston Catholic Academy

Mary McCarthy, Neighborhood House Charter School

Holly Moulton, Mildred Ave K-8, Boston Public Schools

Reilly Price, Brooke Mattapan Charter

Jennifer Staysniak, Mount Alvernia High School

Randyl Wilkerson, Gardner Pilot Academy, Boston Public Schools

Tiffany Young, Holmes Elementary School, Boston Public Schools

Leadership: Elizabeth Pauley, Senior Director, Education to Career at The Boston Foundation.