December 19, 2014Emmanuel FeltonThe Hechinger Report
Last month’s election spells trouble for the Common Core State Standards, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade. With the standards increasingly being assailed as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education by conservatives, the Republican sweep of state legislatures – the party is now in control of over two-thirds of state lawmaking bodies – will likely lead to a new round of scrutiny of the standards and the tests tied to them.
EWA welcomes entries for its 2014 National Awards for Education Reporting.
All media may participate in the contest. So whether your work appeared in print or online, on TV or the radio, or all of the above, we’re eager to recognize excellence on the education beat.
EWA is pleased to announce an increase in the cash awards for this year’s winners. First-prize recipients receive a $250 award, while the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting comes with a $2,500 award. All winners will be honored during a banquet at EWA’s 2015 National Seminar, held April 20–22 in Chicago.
EWA—the only professional organization for members of the news media who specialize in education—has honored distinguished journalism since the 1960s, furthering the association’s mission of increasing the quantity and quality of education coverage to create a better-informed public.
Just like journalists need to know the important questions to ask on the education beat, parents do, too.
That’s the spirit behind a joint initiative by The Dallas Morning News, Al Día — it’s Spanish publication — and Southern Methodist University to get Hispanic parents involved in their children’s education.
December 18, 2014Trevon Milliard of the Las Vegas Review Journal for EWA
From California to New York, educators have by and large maintained their support for the Common Core State Standards after putting the new grade-level expectations into action. But the new tests are another story, according to a panel of experts speaking at a recent EWA seminar at Stanford University.
December 15, 2014Eric Gorski of The Denver Post for EWA
By now, many education reporters have written many times over about a new generation of standardized tests coming this spring. Most of the time, reporters have little space and use shorthand to explain that the exams are supposed to be more rigorous and measure critical thinking. Often, there is too much telling and not enough showing.
As tools and data profiles of students become easier to use, are teachers sufficiently data literate to make sense of the information at their fingertips? Do teachers have the skills and access to data in useful formats, and are the school leaders and institutions responsible for their professional development providing them the training they need? The stakes are high: Teachers behind in data literacy may miss out on innovative ways to track student progress, personalize instruction, and improve their own practice.
It wasn’t long ago unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Texas border made the headlines of every major news network in the country — stories often accompanied by haunting pictures of children huddled together in holding facilities or sleeping on the floor.
So what ever happened to all those children? The Pew Research Center revealed the answer in a new report Thursday.
This academic year marks a critical juncture for the Common Core, as most states gear up to assess students on the shared standards for the first time. Are states, districts, and schools ready? What about states that are reviewing or have rescinded the standards? How can reporters make sense of it all? There’s no shortage of compelling angles to pursue in this complex and fast-evolving story—rendered all the more so by the political tussles erupting over the new standards and tests.
November 26, 2014FEBRUARY 27, 2015 - FEBRUARY 28, 2015DENVER, CO
Charter schools. Vouchers. Education tax credits. The “portfolio” model of schooling in cities. It’s nearly impossible to find consensus on these hot-button issues, but one thing is clear: American families are seeing more school options at the K-12 level than ever before, especially in urban areas. And the Republican gains in the 2014 elections at the federal and state levels are widely expected to provide further impetus for expanding school choice.
EWA’s National Seminar will gather some 500 journalists, experts, and supporting community members for dozens of sessions, including standalone speakers, panel discussions, how-to workshops, and visits to sites of interest. With its focus on financial issues, the National Seminar will arm attendees with new ideas for compelling stories on everything from salary schedules and bond issues to the burdens on families struggling to pay for preschool or college. At the same time, it will sharpen participants’ skills at making the most of their resources for producing high-quality coverage.
Treasure Coast Newspapers seeks an aggressive education reporter to cover three school districts: Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. We focus on enterprise, analysis and investigations on regional issues, particularly revealing how districts spend taxpayer money and how effectively schools educate students. We heavily emphasize social media, digital storytelling and digital-first, real-time reporting. The ideal candidate would have at least 3 years’ experience as a newspaper reporter and some experience covering education. A clean valid Florida driver’s license is required.