A virtual experience designed to bring the education community together, EdPalooza, helped ignite ideas and inspire change to address the massive challenges created by the global pandemic and need for educational equity.

The three-day event included EdVision keynotes and interactive EdTalks plus more than 100 Palooza sessions where attendees engaged with policy experts on topics ranging from educational equity, early literacy, early college and the future of assessments to education-to-workforce, closing the digital divide and the future of learning, schools and teaching.

Thank you to all of our amazing speakers, partners and sponsors who made EdPalooza a great success.

Videos from all sessions are now available!

EdPalooza Agenda & Videos


President George W. Bush shares extraordinary insights on presidential and gubernatorial leadership in education, the coalition-building that can ignite change and the post-pandemic road ahead for everyone working to ensure success for students and the future of education in America.

Secretary John King shares his insights on the most pressing pandemic challenges in education plus strategic recommendations to strengthen schools, build coalitions and reimagine ways to ensure a quality education and hopeful future for every child.

A critically important conversation with Condoleezza Rice and Jon Meacham about engaging students of all ages in civics education, expanding the narrative of America’s history and why education is at the heart of a strong democracy.

A timely conversation with Governor Bush, Larry Irving, Jonathan Adelstein and Evan Marwell about the risks of a digitally divided nation plus the short- and long-term policy solutions for addressing this urgent problem.


Founder of the Moral Courage Project at the University of Southern California, Irshad Manji’s work seeks to humanize civic discourse with skills that empower us to find common ground and live with moral courage. Without inflaming the culture wars, she shows us how to celebrate individuality, embrace diversity of thought and create unity without uniformity. In this keynote, Manji shares advice on transforming disagreement into opportunity and breaking out of the fishbowl to develop lasting solutions that can help to heal America.

Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist and bestselling author of The Smartest Kids in the World–and How They Got That Way and The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes–And Why, published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary. In this keynote, Ripley shares her research and insight into the human experience during disasters, the decisive moments that result and how to build resilience through unsettling yet transformative times.

Based for more than two decades at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Andreas Schleicher works across nations and cultures to improve quality and equity in education. His global platforms—and acclaimed book, World Class. How to Build a 21st Century School System—are empowering policymakers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. In this keynote, Schleicher shares his insights on the impact of this year’s global pandemic on student learning and which countries are responding well to our rapidly changing world—and why.

Palooza Sessions

As part of the broad and diverse array of interactive, live content and conversation of EdPalooza, more than Palooza 100 sessions were hosted by ExcelinEd or one of many partners. Sessions explore new and existing education challenges and solutions, showcase the latest research or education innovations, highlight education policy, practice or programs, or profile other topics relevant and timely to the education community.

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