Students, Educators Address 'How We Learn' During TEDxYouth@UH

Inaugural Event Takes Place at UH Honors College on Feb. 23

The University of Houston’s Honors College has long been an incubator for bold ideas and academic innovations. It’s a place where scholars and community members connect and share insights on contemporary issues affecting society.

Soon, the college will be the site of the first TEDxYouth@UH event. Like the popular TED lecture series this independently organized event licensed by TED, a nonprofit organization that presents conferences and lectures around the globe, will feature a collection of insightful speakers addressing the state of contemporary education.

TEDxYouth@UH will feature an afternoon filled with speakers addressing “How We Learn.” The event runs 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Feb. 23 at UH’s Honors College Commons (second floor of UH’s M.D. Anderson Library).

TEDxYouth@UH speakers will include high school students from Bellaire, DeBakey, Houston Christian, Dawson and Manvel high schools. Scholars and educators scheduled to deliver presentations include:

  • Bernard Robin, UH associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and recipient of UH Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Instructional Technology
  • Tarhonda Greer, math teacher for Jesse Jones High School and nominee for Houston Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year 2011 -12
  • David Mazella, UH associate professor of English and director of UH’s Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Chris Powell, UH Honors College senior and English major
  • Leah Morgan, UH doctoral research fellow in the Department of Educational Psychology
  • Miriam Green, 2012 Cougar Junior Scholar

The event will be emceed by Chris Johnson, on-air host for Classical 91.7 FM and a UH alumnus

Space for TEDxYouth@UH is limited. For more details or to register, visit the TEDxYouth@UH website or contact

“TEDxYouth@UH ‘How We Learn’ is part of our Honors and the Schools program,” said William Monroe, dean of the Honors College. “There is a lot of talk about education reform, but most of it is done at 30,000 feet, and the students on the ground are just recipients.  We wanted to challenge students to think about their own education, and various systems of education, and develop ideas for review and reform. We want high school students to think of themselves as makers and developers of ideas because that's what we hope they will become.  In the Honors College, we urge all of our students to get involved in undergraduate research, which is really the development and testing of ideas.  Our hope is that this TEDxYouth experience will motivate the participants to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creators of ideas worth spreading.”

The Honors College at UH is a hub of excellence that serves the needs of gifted undergraduates in more than 100 fields of study and reflects the rich diversity of the University of Houston in its courses, faculty and students. For more than 50 years, the Honors College has offered students the best of both worlds: the advantages of a small college together with the comprehensive resources and rich diversity of a large university. For more information about the Honors College, visit



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