Sartori Elementary School
Date: 3:30 p.m. March 18
Location: Sartori Elementary School, 332 Park Ave North, Renton
RSVP: Register online to ensure seating

Schools are a cornerstone of vibrant, thriving communities. They’re a place where children can challenge themselves, nurture their gifts and prepare to be active participants in a just and culturally-thriving democracy.

On March 18, education researchers and practitioners will discuss how teachers, students, administrators, parents, communities and researchers are coming together to renew and meaningfully improve how young people experience school during EduTalks: A Place Called School.

Presented by the University of Washington College of Education, the event will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Renton’s Sartori Elementary School (332 Park Ave North). EduTalks is free and open to the public. Attendees must register online to ensure seating.

“Every school is a unique community,” said UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan. “At their best, schools are a place where every student feels like they belong and can explore their passions. When schools don’t serve their students, families and communities well, it’s a lost opportunity—for young people and our society. During EduTalks, we’ll hear stories of how we can fulfill the promise of school for every child.”

During the fast-paced program, presenters will have five minutes and one image to share their unique take on practices and policies that can invigorate and improve the experience of school for young people, educators and communities—and in particular for historically marginalized students.

Speaking at the event are:

  • Teddi Beam-Conroy, Director, UW Elementary Teacher Education Program
  • Jondou Chen, Senior Lecturer, UW College of Education, and Co-Director, National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project
  • Kara Jackson, Associate Professor and Director of the Ackerley Partner School Network, UW College of Education
  • Kristen Missall, Associate Professor, UW College of Education
  • Elba Moise and Tikka O. Sears, co-directors, Theater for Change UW
  • Cap Peck, Professor, UW College of Education
  • Ryan Quigtar, Director, Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, Community Center for Education Results
  • Liza Rickey (Danforth ‘17), Assistant Principal, Renton School District
  • Michael Vendiola, Swinomish Communications Manager, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and doctoral student in higher education, UW College of Education

EduTalks: A Place Called School is co-sponsored by Renton School District with support from the University of Washington Alumni Association. A reception with the presenters will immediately follow their talks.

The UW College of Education’s EduTalks series features nationally-recognized researchers who partner with schools, communities and organizations to address the most pressing issues in education. Watch previous EduTalks online.

The latest edition in the College’s EduTalks series comes during the 35th anniversary of the publication of the late UW Professor Emeritus John Goodlad’s book “A Place Called School,” a seminal account of the largest on-scene study of U.S. schools ever conducted. Over four years, Goodlad and his research team entered more than 1,000 classrooms nationwide to talk to teachers, students, administrators, parents, and other community members. Goodlad’s book offered an agenda for redesigning schools piece-by-piece, with close partnership among educators and families as the most meaningful way to improve school.

EduTalks Playlist


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications