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TED-Ed Educator Talks

The TED-Ed Educator Talks program provides a rigorous professional learning experience to a select group of distinguished educators throughout the world. The goal? To help them develop and share their ideas as TED-style talks.

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A presenter giving a TED talk

Why we amplify educator ideas

Educators are overflowing with brilliant, resourceful, innovative, and – in all likelihood – extremely under-circulated ideas. We seek to celebrate and elevate those ideas for the sake of improving student outcomes and the experience of students and educators around the world.

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How the program works

If accepted, program participants will join a cohort of selected educators and go through a 4-month* virtual course with support from the TED-Ed team. The goal of the virtual course is for educators to develop their own TED-style Talk. The TED-Ed team will then work to amplify finished and approved talks.

*Timeline is subject to change.

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How educators can participate

We are asking applicants to think deeply about specific ideas they have connected to their work, research and experience. A topic is the high level general direction a presentation covers, but an idea is a specific angle that stems from the topic — a unique message, solution, or insight that only the speaker can share. This application asks applicants to hone in on what their idea is.

How the application process works


Application Stage 1

Submit an application form to apply or nominate an educator to apply and we will contact them directly. The form contains 7 open ended questions to learn more about the applicant and their idea, along with space to share links/attachments to relevant articles, clips, etc. related to the idea.


Application Stage 2

Applicants chosen to move on and participate in Application Stage 2 will hear from our team and will then have 7 business days to complete this stage. We will provide applicants with prompts to answer in a recording using their phone/computer. Applicants will then send us the recording of their answers.


Application Stage 3

Applicants selected to join the program will receive an invitation packet from our team, instructions to set up an account to join the program, and the syllabus for the 4 months learning journey. Our first cohort will meet through the Fall 2022.

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Examples of educator ideas


What losing my vision taught me about access | Luis Perez

TED-Ed Educator Talks



How students of color sharing their truths impacted one educator | Jinni Forcucci

TED-Ed Educator Talks



How do you teach empathy? | Jonathan Juravich

TED-Ed Educator Talks



Educators must be more than allies | Kelly D. Holstine

TED-Ed Educator Talks



Making the student-educator connection a priority | Jerry Almendarez

TED-Ed Educator Talks



We owe all students high expectations | Shemeka Millner-Williams

TED-Ed Educator Talks



The overlooked art of receiving feedback | Russell Lazovick

TED-Ed Educator Talks



Does your school have a plan for tragic loss? | David Aderhold

TED-Ed Educator Talks


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Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited by the fact that education looks different around the world and that education is constantly evolving, so we know those working at educational organizations do not have a one-size-fits-all definition; educators are those both working in and outside of the classroom (i.e. a librarian, a curriculum or technology coordinator, a district administrator, a homeschool parent, or a youth organization program leader) We know that it takes a village – many roles and skill sets – to help students and teachers thrive. We currently ask that applicants meet the following prerequisites:

  • Individuals directly working in organizations that focus on students and teachers.
  • Individuals that can speak to the demographics they work with, the impact of their work, and how equity plays a role in their idea.
  • Individuals that have thought deeply about their idea, and have experience and data to help speak to the idea and share it with us.
  • Individuals who are 21 or older.
  • Individuals who are fluent in English.