Innovative discussions and big ideas about connecting education, jobs and West Virginia's future


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What is an EDTalk?
Dr. Amelia Courts


Empowering Students
Jada Reeves
June 2019


Two-way Street
Dr. Brad Price
June 2019


Well Rounded Graduate Student
Dan D'Antoni
June 2019


Evolution of Education
Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker
May 2019


Preparing Students for the Future
The Honorable Amy Shuler Goodwin
May 2019


Well Rounded Education
Faith Richter
May 2019


Different Styles of Learning
Bob Huggins
June 2018


Preparing Students for the Future
Katlin Thorsell
June 2018


Education Reform
Pat Getty
June 2018


Fighting the Drug Epidemic
Jan Rader
May 2018 


STEM for Future Jobs
Leah Curry
May 2018


Improving Our Workforce with STEM Education
The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito 
May 2018 


Technology Changes our Expectations
Chad Crumbaker
June 2017


Developing a Growth Mindset
Toni Poling
June 2017


Adapting Education to the Changing World
Ralph Baxter
June 2017


Educating Quality Future Employees
Keith Busby
May 2017


Leveraging Local Control 
Chairman Paul Espinosa
May 2017 


The Importance of Birth to Three
The Honorable Bridget Cohee
May 2017 


We must use every tool at our disposal to create & foster conscious
Andrea Santos
June 2016


What happens if we fail? We learn.
Kenneth Rehm
June 2016


Change & fundamental skills create STEM qualified employees
H. Wood "Woody" Thrasher
June 2016


You cannot become fixed on what you can and cannot do
Rochelle Goodwin
May 2016


Bringing Camp Into the Classroom
Phillip Ferrier
May 2016


Industry must be proactive to address the root cause of this issue 
Tim O'Neal 
May 2016


Nothing great has ever been accomplished without enthusiasm
Dr. Michael Martirano
June 2015 


The need for affordability in higher education
Gary White
June 2015 


How technology gives children a voice that matters
Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh
May 2015 


Preparing students to fill the needs of business and industry
Gail Adams
May 2015 


Schools can encourage students and inspire dreams
Alison Irvin
May 2015 


The art of adapting to a continually evolving education system
Erin Sponaugle
June 2014 


How partnerships can benefit education and the local economy
Dr. Wallace Boston
June 2014


Having the courage to do what is necessary to make life better
Dr. E. Gordon Gee
May 2014 


Be accountable for your own educational success
Sierra Cook
May 2014 



Media Coverage

WVNS-TV, June 14, 2019: One organization in West Virginia is putting education first

The Register-Herald, June 13, 2019: Combining community leadership and education

WTRF, May 6, 2019: Wheeling Park High School hosts EDTalk Event

WV News, May 28, 2018: Education Alliance hosts EDTalks event in Hurricane 

WOWK - TV 13, May 22, 2018: "Ed Talks" Tackle Next Generation Work Force Challenges 

WV Metro News, May 21, 2018: Three well-known West Virginia women highlighting the importance of education 

The News Center, June 15, 2017: Education Alliance comes to Parkersburg

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, June 16, 2017: Education Alliance holds EDTalks in Parkersburg

The Journal, May 22, 2017: Talk highlights education and the state’s future

The Exponent Telegram, June 11, 2016: Teacher of year, Thrasher among speakers at EDTalks event

WDTV – News 5, June 16, 2016: FSU Hosts West Virginia EDTalks Conference

WBOY – News 12, June 16, 2016: Ed Talks

WOAY – TV50, May 19, 2016: EDTalks Come To Beckley

WVU Tech, May 18, 2016: EdTalks Beckley connects business, industry and education

The Register-Herald, May 19, 2016: EDTalks series keys in on connecting education, jobs

WCHS - Channel 8, June 18, 2015: Link Between Education, Jobs, Discussed at Huntington Event

WV Public Broadcasting, June 18, 2015: EDTalks Poses Questions on Next Step in Education in W.Va.

The Herald Dispatch, June 19, 2015: Education leaders seek opportunities for students

WTRF - Channel 7, May 21, 2015: EDTalks Event Focuses On How Education And Jobs Connect to West Virginia’s Future

WTRF - Channel 7, May 12, 2015: EDTalks Wheeling to be held Thursday, May 21

APUS, Jun. 19, 2014: EDTalks Event Provides Insight On How Education And Jobs

The Journal, Jun. 20, 2104: Teacher of Year: Schools need community support

WVU Today, Apr. 15, 2014: Education Alliance hosts EDTalks with WVU President Gordon Gee

The State Journal, Apr. 17, 2014: Strengthening public education

Greater Morgantown, Apr. 30, 2014: EDTalk with Dr. E. Gordon Gee


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