How often do you get the chance to help choose who will speak at an event you're attending? Help us finalize the line-up for our annual storytelling event, Ignite Education Lab.

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Update: Thanks to all of you who voted in our poll for the 11th speaker. Domonique Meeks won a majority of the reader votes. Read more about him here.

Over the past week, the Education Lab team sifted through more than 60 voicemails and videos from teachers, parents, students and community members with their story ideas for this year’s Ignite Education Lab, an evening of education storytelling.  Narrowing those ideas to 10 was not easy — there were more heartwarming, provocative and/or interesting stories than we could possibly fit into one evening. (Don’t forget to register for the event on Feb. 8. Tickets are $5 if you buy ahead of time.)

Like last year, we’re asking you to select the last speaker — more on that below. But first, here’s the lineup for Feb. 8:

Alex Alviar: “Boardgames, or the Furtive Art of Education”
Omari Amili: “The Transformative Nature of Post-Secondary Education”
Nicholas Bradford: “The Pros of Conflict”
Ted Cohn: “The Privilege of Teaching”
Jody McVittie: “Rethinking School Discipline”
Shalini Miskelly: “Why Do Teachers of Color Burnout?”
Jordan Taitingfong: “Inclusion for All- Equity and Advocacy through Special Education”
Teresa Scribner: “Black Hair Matters”
Lyon Terry: “Redefining Teaching: Social and Emotional Learning is the Foundation of a Quality Education”
Rachel Wiley: “From Bad Kid to Badass Teacher”

Now for the last speaker, who our readers voted in last week.

Domonique Meeks
Seattle, WA
Bio: Domonique is co-creator of a small media team called Ambassador Stories. Its mission is to use media to highlight the people, places and spaces that bring soul to our beloved communities. He was born in Tokyo, raised in Kent, Washington, and has been a resident of Seattle for the last 6 years.
Pitch idea: “Idle Seattle” — This past November, Meeks gathered a team to create a technology solution geared towards students attending Title I schools. After hours of deep dialogue about the mountain of issues that keep these students — often students of color — from attending institutions of higher education, they came up with the idea of a mobile friendly website called Idle Seattle.