Center for Teaching and Learning

Education on the Edge

The Center for Teaching and Learning is proud to have presented the Education on the Edge speaker series since 2013. Since that time, nationally known presenters have been invited to campus to offer their cutting edge insights into a variety of topics relevant to CSUN educators, students, families, and the local community. These keynote speakers often visit local schools before their evening presentations, offering additional professional development for teachers, counselors, administrators, and even at times, K-12 students. In 2018, the series became renamed as the “Schools First Federal Credit Union Education on the Edge Speaker Series” thanks to a very generous gift from SFFCU to support the series financially. Until the pandemic, evening events were held at the Student Union for audiences between 75 and 500, depending on the topic. Speakers present their unique insights for about an hour, from 7-8pm, followed by a Q&A and often a book signing. With the shutting of campus, the Education on the Edge series moved online. While this curtailed the ability of speakers to visit schools and do a book signing, it did open up their presentations to a more international audience. Topics have addressed the use of educational technology, policy implications in education, neurodiversity, Universal Design for Learning, social justice, and much more. Notable speakers have included Drs. Diane Ravitch, Temple Grandin, Alfie Kohn, Tina Bryson, Kevin Kumashiro and others. In fact, one event was even introduced by actor Matt Damon! Events are free to the public due to the generous support of SFFCU and are organized by the amazing folks in office of the CSUN CTL. 

Videos of Previous Sessions

Dr. Kevin Kumashiro - March 4, 2021