'Taking Action to Reimagine Education' Is Topic of St. Thomas’ Inaugural TEDx Program Oct. 15

Nine diverse presenters in the field of education will share their thoughts on the topic of “Taking Action to Reimagine Education” at a TEDx event that will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership and Counseling is hosting the TEDx evening filled with engaging and inspiring six-minute talks from individuals on how they would take action to reimagine education. These talks will focus on ideas in the classroom and in the community and range from the scientific to fostering creativity.

The event, which will include music and refreshments, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, and for more information, visit tedxuniversityofstthomas.com .

Registration opens at noon Thursday, Sept. 18.

Offering their insights that night will be:

  • Kasim AbdurRazzaq, a native of St. Paul, conducts community and organization dialogues on race and power.
  • Adam Katz, a special education teacher, is working on his academic behavior strategist license.
  • Dr. Bill Keilty, with a master’s in gifted education and doctorate in educational leadership, developed the unique Lighthouse Program in Spring Lake Park Schools.
  • Dr. J. Roxanne Prichard, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, teaches and studies the topic of sleep and health.
  • Tom Rademacher, a high school English teacher at the FAIR School in Minneapolis, is this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
  • Cordell Steiner, a fifth grader at the Matoska International Elementary School in White Bear Lake, will share his ideas about using technology and games to personalize education.
  • Catherine Thimmesh, an award-winning children’s book author, will talk about creativity in the classroom.
  • Dr. Artika Tyner, an author and CELC faculty member, trains graduate students to serve as social engineers.
  • Charles Vickers, is principal at St. Peter Claver in St. Paul.

 About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The Oct. 15 event is called TEDxUniversityofStThomas, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxUniversityofStThomas event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including the one at St. Thomas, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still,showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize.