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.  


WATCH: EDTalks 2021

This year, JPEF was joined by keynote speaker Eddie S. Glaude Jr., a Princeton professor and a bestselling author.

Dr. Glaude brought an outsider’s view and a fresh take to conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion. He challenged our community to go beyond just stating their DEI vision to authentically living its values.

Dr. Glaude helped 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. He urged our community to set bold goals and develop innovative approaches to truly leverage and maximize talent, and he challenged 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 launched 1,000 by 2025 Initiative, JPEF's Initiative to build a diverse teacher pipeline in Duval County. This event was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.




Click Here to View the 2021 Digital Program Book


Click Here to View the EDTalks and EDTalks + Action 2021 Photo Album

Special Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors 

Speaker Sponsor

  • The Chartrand Family

Gold Sponsors

  • Poppy and Rob Clements
  • CSX
  • Cindy and Dan Edelman
  • The Miller Families
  • Read USA
  • Anonymous in Honor of James Baldwin
Silver Sponsors 
  • The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
  • Judge Brian J. Davis
  • SS&C Technologies
  • Terry & Lon Walton
Table Sponsors
  • 904ward
  • Jack Allen
  • Karsten and Claudia Amlie
  • Sandy and Bill Bond
  • THE PLAYERS Championship
  • City Year - Jacksonville
  • Dr. Barbara Darby
  • Eartha M.M. White Fund
  • Rachael Tutwiler Fortune
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation
  • Goodwill Industries of North Florida
  • Pastor Mark Griffin
  • Coretta Hill
  • Kathi and Kevin Hyde
  • Jacksonville Classical Academy
  • Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project
  • Kids Hope Alliance
  • KIPP - Jacksonville
  • Donna Orender and Ronnie King
  • Parents for Positive Change
  • Dr. Jordan Baker, Kenneth Reddick, & Ronnie Ferguson
  • River City Science Academy
  • Entrice and Marcus Rowe
  • TIAA Bank
  • University of North Florida Center of Urban Education and Policy
  • UBS




of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.