In her 2021 TEDxSeattle talk, TrishMillinesDziko asserts that the teaching techniques most commonly used in the public education system are in need of radical reform. She asks, “What would happen if we rebuilt public schools to develop the genius in every student, and give them the tools to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, ideators, and leaders?”
She explains how her nonprofit organization successfully collaborates with public schools to help change school culture, implement project-based learning, center racial equity, and enable students to actively participate in their own education. Through real-world examples and stories, Trish’s talk challenges to consider how we can promote student-centered teaching, and ensure the schools are educating, and not just “schooling” the youth.
00:55: Project based learning explained 10:20 Steps to rebuild public education
More to explore: Learn more about Trish’s organization, Technology Access Foundation techaccess.org/ Read about educator and philosopher Paolo Friere, quoted in Trish’s talk freire.org/paulo-freire/ Watch 16-year-old E Wen Wong talk about how project based learning inspired her ted.com/talks/e_wen_wong_how_project_based_learning_is_the_key_to_sustainability Meet TrishMillines Dziko: co-founder of Technology Access Foundation, and a passionate advocate for developing the genius in all children in the public schools. At least once a year, Trish has a moment where she realizes she is doing exactly what she was meant to do.
Raised with the belief that we have a responsibility to care for the communities, Trish is inspired by James Baldwin’s words, “For these are all the children. We will profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.”
Twenty-five years ago, Trish was traveling the country for Microsoft, recruiting college-level, technically-trained people of color, but finding only a small pool of candidates. Seeing this shortage, and reflecting on her own experience being discriminated against for her race and gender in the work world, Trish was inspired. She embarked on her own mission to ensure students of color have opportunities in the booming tech fields and that companies create environments where they can thrive.
With a commitment to recognizing and developing the genius in all children, Trish co-founded the Seattle-based Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a nonprofit that creates access to transformative systems of learning for students and teachers of color to eliminate race-based disparities in the increasingly diverse society.
Through Trish’s leadership as Executive Director, TAF became a statewide leader in public education, creating 2 co-managed public schools, partnering with public schools to promote the highest level of student learning, and increasing the number of teachers of color through the Martinez Fellowship. Trish has been recognized for her work with numerous awards including the YWCA Dorothy We Height Racial Justice Award, US News 100 Women Leaders in STEM, Seattle Business Magazine Tech Impact Champion, and Senator Maria Cantwell Women of Valor Award.
Where we are, Trish believes, is a moment of possibility, a crucial moment where - if we act quickly and with strength - we can transform the public schools to get rid of deficit thinking and focus instead on what would happen if every child had what they need to succeed. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx