Saturday, Nov. 19: TEDxYouth@TheSchool

We are excited to present our 7th annual TEDx Youth Day at The School! TEDxYouth events are designed to empower and inspire young people to make change in the world. The day will be filled with speakers and hands-on workshops, geared to power the imagination and challenge students to think about this year's theme, "What Now?" It’s sure to be an eye-opening, inspiring day.
The event is open to all TSC students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and guests; everyone must register for the event here. Middle Division students may attend by themselves; any student younger than Grade 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
The event will be held on the second floor at The School, and breakfast and lunch will be generously provided by Flik. Breakfast starts at 10:30 am and the morning program begins at 11 am. Lunch is served at 12 pm, the afternoon program begins at 12:45 pm, and workshops are from 2-3 pm. Come for all or part of the day!
If you plan to attend, please register for TEDxYouth@TheSchool here.

Learn more at The Official TEDx Youth Site and on Twitter @TEDxYTheSchool!

2016 Presenters

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  • Josh Burker

    Josh Burker is a constructionist educator, author, digital artist, amateur programmer, husband and father, who has taught and worked in technology in schools for 17 years. He has a B.A. in English and Education from Colby College, and an M.A. in EducationalTechnology from Pepperdine University. He is a fellow at the annual Constructing Modern Knowledge institute. In 2015-16, Burker established an after-school Logo programming club to encourage underserved urban students to learn about Logo programming, fabrication, electronics, and art. Additionally, Burker led Horizon National’s implementation of a LEGO Community Fund grant to implement LEGO, play-based learning, and STEAM concepts into Horizon’ssummer curriculum for K-5. He is currently the Middle Division Educational Technologist at TSC. His projects have been published in Make Magazine as well as RED, a Spanish education journal. An innovative maker educator, Burker’s book “The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun” inspires makers of all ages to explore the intersection of crafting and technology through thirteen whimsical, creative projects.

  • Marjuan Canady

    Marjuan Canady is an award-winning writer, actress, playwright, director, educator and producer. Canady is the founder and CEO of her multimedia production company Sepia Works. She is the creator and executive producer of the Caribbean folklore children’s book series and brand “Callaloo.” Her first children’s book “Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale,” received the 2013 First Time Author’s Award from the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago. Her one-woman play, “Girls! Girls? Girls.” has been featured Off Broadway, at national festivals and regional theaters.  Her second play, “Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale,” was performed at the Ellington Theater and IATI Theater. For this work, Canady served as a featured playwright at the 2013 Lincoln Center for Performing Arts Director’s Lab. Canady recently starred and co-produced the short film “The Resort.” She is also currently directing the documentary “Girls! Girls? Girls.,” set to release in 2016. In 2015, Canady established a nonprofit organization Canady Foundation for the Arts, which serves young people of color in Washington, D.C. in arts training, mentorship, leadership and scholarship. She is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and has a B.A. in Theater/African Studies from Fordham University and an M.A. in Arts Politics from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

  • Charles Colten

    Charles Colten is Director of Community Wellbeing at Hackley School, designing and developing health and wellness programs for the K-12 community. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Independent School Health Association (ISHA). As a member of the teaching faculty at the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), Colten leads workshops in stress management, conflict resolution, and communication skills for city, state, and federal judges. Colten also brings these programs to hospital administrators and clinicians, and city employees. Colten has started several businesses, including Spanish for Medical Professionals and Aikido in the Schools, which build skills for effectiveness, communicative competence, and emotional intelligence. He has a M.A. in Educational/Organizational Leadership from Columbia University and is a 4th-degree blackbelt in Aikdo, awarded by Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo.  Website

  • Cathleen Meredith

    Cathleen Meredith is a playwright, novelist, and blogstress originally from Sacramento, California. In addition to completing her first novel, she is passionate about theatre, dance, Mexican food, non-profit work, unicorns, traveling, bacon, and all other things awesome sauce. Some of her plays include titles such as: Aunts, Forgotten, 3 Days, 3 Girls, and an Angry Asian Man, The Infinites, and The Groomsman. The Truth of About Eve and Other Excuses for Neurotic Behavior in Your 20s is Cathleen's first novel. It is Part I of a 3-Part series. The next novel in the series -- I'm Obsessed with You and Other Irrevocable Text Messages -- is currently in the works. In August of 2016, she launched FATGIRLSDANCE (, fem-led online movement and social experiment towards body positivity and self-love through the celebration of dance. When Cathleen is not writing, she's actively working on changing the world. She is the Creative Innovation Designer at The Dream Center Harlem and a developer of several free performing arts programs such as Harlem’s first teen Shakespeare Festival in partnership with Classic Theatre of Harlem. She maintains a residence in New York City.

  • Third Wheel Improv

    Third Wheel Improv is a co-ed improv comedy group at Columbia University and Barnard College. We do both long-form and short-form improv, and perform frequently on and off campus. We emphasize inclusion and aim to bring good humor to each and every Columbian. This semester, we held our first annual Spare Tires Improv Festival, in which we hosted improv groups from NYU, Oberlin College, Bowdoin College, and more. We are also planning to travel to Washington, D.C., next semester to perform at an improv festival at Georgetown University.

  • Tiny House

    Dylan Vaccaro is a junior at Avenues: The World School where he is the treasurer of Model UN, an active member of The Committee of Social Justice, creative director for the student publication The High Linerand part of the fencing team. Dylan is a passionate artist and an aspiring architect and is very proud to be appearing at TEDxYouth presenting Tiny House.

    Kavin Chada is currently a high school student at Avenues: The World School in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Among his major pursuits are writing a novel, playing jazz trumpet, and studying philosophy as well as mindfulness practices. He also plays three sports recreationally for his school, of which his favorite is fencing, and is a TSC alumni.


    TSC GSTA (Gay Straight Transgender Alliance) is a group of dedicated Middle Division (Grades 608) students united to make The School at Columbia University a safe, inclusive place. The School’s first alliance was initiated in 2012, and the club continues to plan fun and meaningful events that promote the message: It’s okay to be who you are. The GSTA is proud to support and celebrate the LGBTQ community nationwide, as well as to raise awareness within the school community. This club is advised by TSC faculty members Vanessa D’Egidio (Grade 7 Social Studies), Jessica Freedman (Grade 1 Teacher), and Dena Rothstein (Grade 6 Social Studies).

  • TSC MakerClub

    TSC MakerClub seeks new ways to design and engineer through the use of computing and hands-on technical skills. Students design a project of their choice: coding, DIY electronics, 3D printing, handmade fashions, carpentry, digital audio/video creation, or whatever! The goal is for students to come in with an idea, and have the tools, the time, and the help to make it real. MakerClub explores new tools or technology, so students can grow as engineers and problem solvers.


TEDxYouth@TheSchool is the The School at Columbia University’s newest, biggest, and most exciting project! We are an independently organized TEDxYouth event that holds a 1-day conference every fall for middle school students from The School at Columbia University. Via live speakers, performances, and TEDTalks, TEDxYouth@TheSchool will electrify students with new ideas and provide a forum for them to connect and to exchange ideas of their own. Students will have the opportunity to interact during interval periods that feature live-streaming videos from other TEDxYouth events from around the globe, social media networking stations, and informal discussions with like minded youth from the New York City area.
More info about TEDxYouth here.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYouth@TheSchool, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxYouth@TheSchool event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


10:30 am Breakfast and Registration; TEDxYouth Photo Challenge

11 am - 12 pm Session 1, Hosted by TSC Student Council
  • TSC Maker Club
  • Marjuan Canady
  • Tiny House: Kavin Chada and Dylan Vaccaro
12 - 12:30 pm Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 pm Session 2
  • Third Wheel Improv
  • Fat Girls Dance
  • Joshua Burker
  • Charles Colten: Mind(ful) over Matter = X | Ancient tools for navigating the modern world
2 - 3 pm Workshops
  • TSC Maker Club
  • Fat Girls Dance
  • Charles Colten: Mindfulness and Conflict Resolution
3 pm Event Ends

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