Watch: A Conversation with Dr. Glaude



About EDTalks


EDTalks is a biennial speaker series event that brings education's greatest thought leaders to Duval County to share a thought-provoking message about the future of education with hundreds of educators and community leaders. The proceeds from this biennial event help ensure that every student walks into school with the same opportunity to succeed. Your support helps close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color by piloting and helping scale best practices in public schools. 


Save the Date: EDTalks 2021




This year, JPEF is proud to announce our speaker is Eddie S. Glaude Jr., a Princeton professor and a bestselling author.


Bringing an outsider’s view and a fresh take to conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. challenges organizations and communities to go beyond just stating their DEI vision to authentically living its values.


Join us as Dr. Glaude helps Jacksonville understand value gap (the belief that some people matter more than others) and how it is counterintuitive to an innovative culture that attracts, develops, and retains top talent. Dr. Glaude will urge our community to set bold goals and develop innovative approaches to truly leverage and maximize talent. He will challenge our thinking about the paradox of education, which both socializes our young people into society and tries to develop critical thinking skills for the leaders of the future.


At EDTalks 2021, JPEF and our partners will launch collective goals and strategies to diversify our teaching workforce and help close the literacy gap. This is an event you won't want to miss! 


Event details


  • Thursday, October 21
  • Networking: 11 AM
  • Event: 11:30 AM - 1 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront or Virtual


Your safety is our priority. Due to the presence of COVID-19, JPEF is working in accordance with CDC Guidelines. We are happy to accommodate your preference for in-person or virtual attendance.


View the 2021 Digital Program Book


Invitation to Lead as a Table Host


The Jacksonville Public Education Fund invites you to serve as a Table Host for the 2021 EDTalks. By serving as a Table Host, you have a two-fold opportunity: to learn about the latest innovations in education and to play a critical role in improving the quality of education in Jacksonville. Please consider serving as Presenting Sponsor for $15,000 or hosting a table for $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000. Then, invite eight other friends, colleagues or family members to join you -- especially those who are passionate about quality education and the future of our children. Host benefits are listed on the following form, but the greatest benefit is improved learning for our children. We hope we will be able to count on your support! 


Download the sponsorship package




If you'd like to reserve a sponsorship, table or seat through a personal check, please reach out to Veronica Session-Fennell at 


Special Thanks to our Generous Sponsors


Speaker sponsor


The Chartrand Family


Gold sponsorS


Poppy and Rob Clements




Cindy and Dan Edelman


The Miller Families




Silver Sponsors


The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida


The Honorable Judge Brian J. Davis


SS&C Technologies


Terry and Lon Walton


WATCH: EDTalks 2019


Experience the inspiration of EDTalks by watching the video below. In 2019, the event celebrated JPEF’s 10th anniversary and served as the official launch of the School Leadership Initiative, JPEF’s strategic initiative to support principals in Title 1 elementary schools, which serve a large proportion of students in poverty. Attendees heard from Dr. Tony Wager, the bestselling author about preparing students for success in the 21st century workplace with skills in critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.


WATCH: EDTalks 2019








Upcoming Event

EDTalks & Action

  • Date: Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
  • Time: 11:30AM
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
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