Most children need more than lectures and tests to learn. Some need a creative outlet; others need to see themselves in their educators or curriculum. Many need help processing trauma, while many others just need a push to believe in themselves.

We learned all this and more from 11 insightful speakers at this year’s Ignite Education Lab storytelling event, which happened March 11 at Seattle University.

The speakers were chosen from about 50 people who submitted their personal experiences for consideration. You can learn more about them here.

The format of each talk was the same: five minutes with 20 slides each timed to advance every 15 seconds.

If you weren’t in attendance, you can relive the evening’s stories below; note that the presenters’ slides are not visible in the videos.