Each year the Teacher Advisory Board at the Boston Foundation recruits and selects a cohort of teachers to present big ideas about how to advance student achievement from the classroom. The event has evolved since its first year, from an informal format of presentations with a panel discussion in response to the ideas, all the way to a set of ten professionally produced presentations on stage at WGBH.

We are grateful to the following educators for making the Boston EdTalks a powerful showcase of the brilliance of Massachusetts teachers for seven years and counting.

Seventh Annual Boston EdTalks: May 10, 2018

Redefining Family Engagement: Giving the School Community a REAL Voice
Hugo Carvajal, Mekka Smith, KIPP Massachusetts and PatriciaAnn McCaffrey, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, Lynn

Dignifying Traumatized Students: Classrooms That Can
Regine Celius, Epiphany School, Boston

From Etiquette to Power: A New Type of Digital Citizenship Education
Michelle Ciccone, Christa McAuliffe Charter School, Framingham

Know Thyself: Guided Writing for Student and Teacher Growth
Robert Comeau, Another Course to College, Boston

Authenticity through Argument: Creating Ownership in the Writing Process
Mary Dibinga, Boston Latin Academy, Boston

Reclaiming My Mind: Perspective-Taking through Metacognition
Simone Miles Esteves, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Cambridge

Bearing Witness: Oral Storytelling in the Classroom
Christine Gentry, City on a Hill Charter Public Schools, Boston

DIY Coaching: Transforming the Role of Coaching for Classroom Teachers
James Likis, Boston Public Schools and Jennifer Glynn, Match Community Day Charter School, Boston

Knowledge of Systems: Dismantling ‘The Master’s House’
Alvaro Peters, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, Lynn

Design Thinking in Education: Reclaiming Our Mojo in the Era of Evaluation
Angeline UyHam, Cambridge Public Schools and Sharon Lozada, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge


Sixth Annual Boston EdTalks: May 4, 2017

Fly By Those Nets: A Return to a Focus on Teaching
Jeffrey C. Riley, Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence

What We Don’t Do But Should: Insisting on Mastery
Sunny Pai, Charlestown High School, Boston

Equity of Experience: Think Outside
Josh Katzman, Charlestown High School, Boston and Seamus Foy, Another Course to College, Boston

Elevators and Mirrors
Francis Pina, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston

Unleashing the Power Within: Leveraging Teacher Leaders to Drive Innovation & Success
Dianne Kelly, Revere Public Schools, and Will Schwartz, Revere High School, Revere

Reflections from the 2017 National and Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
Sydney Chaffee, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston

With Literacy & Justice for All: Critical Theory in the Classroom
Ariel Maloney, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge

Finding My Breath: Cultivating a More Mindful Classroom
Lindsey Minder, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston

Mapping Meaning: Getting Lost with Maps
Alison Safford, Cambridge School of Weston, Weston and Doug Healy, The Academy at Penguin Hall, Wenham

Can You Hear Me Now? So, Let’s Talk About It
Kevin Dua, Somerville High School, Somerville


Fifth Annual Boston EdTalks: May 5, 2016

Empowering Mathematical Minds: The Making of Math Champions
Jeffrey Parks and Michael O’Halloran, Edward Everett Elementary School, Boston

The Think Space: Educating the Heart & the Mind for Success in the Classroom and Beyond
Colleen Galvin Labbe, Lee Academy Pilot, Boston

What We Believe: Building Teacher-Driven Innovation through Collaboration
Alice Laramore, Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, Boston,
Marcus Penny, Katharine Atkins-Pattenson, Katy Ramón and Randyl Wilkerson, Gardner Pilot Academy, Boston

Twitter Chats and Edcamps: Innovations in Professional Learning: Part I and Part II
Abbey Dick, Malden High School, Malden

What If? Targeted Literacy Instruction within a Rigorous Curriculum
Nicole Tabolt Da Silva and Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, Boston International Newcomers Academy, Boston
Juliet Buesing, Urban Science Academy, Boston

Voices of Activism: Creating Empathy & Breaking Barriers
Jennifer Staysniak, Mount Alvernia High School, Newton

Fourth Annual Boston EdTalks: May 7, 2015

Rich and Structured Learning Experiences: Creating an Environment for All Children to Succeed
David Hughes, Maura Jereb, and Mary McCarthy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Boston

Divergent Teaching: How Interdisciplinary Learning Can Transform Education
Catherine O’Flaherty and Kellyanne Mahoney, Boston Latin Academy, Boston

A Different Tune: Rethinking Songs in the Classroom
Ben Leddy, Excel Academy – Orient Heights Campus, Boston

School Makes the Difference: Supporting Our Boys of Color
Jennifer Aponte, David A. Ellis Elementary School
Benadette Manning, Ellis Elementary School, Boston and Benjamin Ure, Excel Academy Charter School

From Frederick Douglass to Ferguson: Self Identity in the Curriculum
Valencia Patilla, Conservatory Lab Charter School, Boston


Third Annual Boston EdTalks: May 8, 2014

From Bananas to Robots: A Look into the Elementary Engineering Classroom
Brandon Lee, Dever Elementary School, Boston

Entrepreneurship Education
Christopher Mee, Another Course to College, Boston

The Bring it Minute
Darren Benedick, Excel Academy Charter School, Boston

From Data to Action: Using Early Warning Indicators to Design Student Support Systems
Neema Avashia and Chun-Ying Yang, McCormack Middle School, Boston

Owning Innovation In Music
Keenan Flowers, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Boston

Opening Doors: How to Keep Teachers Teaching
Emma Liliedahl-Allen, Match Public Charter Middle School, Boston


Second Annual Boston EdTalks: May 9, 2013

Experience PERK
Kristyn Joy, Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Boston

False Choice: The Connection between Student Achievement, Great Teachers and Teacher Pay
Michelle Morrissey, Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School, Boston

Joining Forces: A Diversity Targeted Pipeline for Public Schools
Andrew Vega, Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School and Gene Roundtree, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston

Successes and Challenges: A Look Back at the First Year of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School
Aira Jackson, Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, Boston

First Annual Boston EdTalks: May 10, 2012

Attracting Top Tier Talent into Education and preparing them for Success
Katy Buckland, UP Academy Charter School, Boston, and Akosua Osei-Bobie, Orchard Gardens K-8 School, Boston

Creating Conditions for Success and Getting the Best Educators to the Students who need them most
Lillie Marshall, Boston Latin Academy, Boston and Xavier Rozas, The English High School, Boston

Flexibility and Control over Curriculum and the Importance of an Arts Education as a Student Engagement Tool
Anne Clark, Boston Arts Academy, Boston and Leigh Cirasuolo, Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, Boston