EDTalks: A Hmong View of Public Education + Globally Competent Teaching

AchieveMpls and The Citizens League

Monday, April 6, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

EDTalks is a lively series of networking and education events that engages young professionals in public education issues in the Twin Cities. Each program features two compelling 20-minute presentations by cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists, policy-makers and others, along with ample time for conversation and networking.

Our April EDTalks will feature dynamic presentations by Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir, and Dana Mortenson, CEO of World Savvy.

Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, writer and author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the forthcoming book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). Born in Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, she is a member of the Hmong ethnic minority and is now an American citizen. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Dana Mortenson’s deep belief in the transformative power of global education led her to co-found World Savvy, which has reached more than 375,000 students and 2,200 educators from three offices nationwide. Dana serves as advisor and board member to a range of nonprofits focused on youth development, international education and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010.

EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals - Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder.