EDTalks returned last month to a sold out crowd at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Many thanks to our two speakers, Maren Henderson, Evaluation Specialist for Minneapolis Public Schools, and Jamie Williams, a restorative practices consultant, trainer, teacher and peacemaking circle-keeper. Watch video of the presentations below, and save the date for our next EDTalks event on April 23!

Maren Henderson is an Evaluation Specialist for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), where she coordinates the Youth Participatory Evaluation program for the district. Maren uses evaluation to empower underrepresented communities and inform equity-driven decision making. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration in youth and education policy and program evaluation.

Maren is joined by Mayra Rendon, a Minneapolis Public Schools student who has participated in the Youth Participatory Evaluation program for three years. She is passionate about ensuring students have a voice in school policies that affect them.

Jamie Williams is a restorative practices consultant, trainer, teacher and peacemaking circle-keeper. She has worked as a Restorative Justice Coordinator in Wisconsin, supported Project Launch at the Red Cliff Reservation Early Childhood Center and the Amicus Radius Program (a Restorative Justice Program for juvenile girls) and served as a Minnesota Department of Corrections circle-keeper. Jamie is a graduate of Minneapolis Public Schools and earned her master’s degree in restorative justice, restorative practices and peacemaking circles.

EDTalks features two compelling 20-minute presentations by cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists, policy-makers and others, with ample time for conversation and networking. The program series is presented by AchieveMpls and Citizens League in partnership with Indigo Education and Pollen and sponsored by The Bush Foundation and the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation.

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