Student homelessness and reframing disabilities are season's first EDTalks topics

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Erin Hinrichs As another school year gets under way, a handful of nonprofits and foundations are gearing up to launch a series of speaking engagements called EDTalks. A hybrid of the inspirational TED Talks series and civic-engagement speaking events hosted by the Citizens League, these education-oriented events feature two guest speakers who highlight an issue  — through research and personal anecdotes — and then field questions and comments from audience members.EDTalks launched in the fall of 2012 as an effort to engage people who were not already involved in the education sector, said Rachel Shields, events and communications manager for AchieveMpls, an education nonprofit involved in hosting the event. But they often attract a...

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