Finalist

Beth Hawkins of MinnPost (Minneapolis)

Source: MinnPost

The Safety Zone: Inside a School Where No Student’s Needs Are Too Tough

Culture-Conscious Higher Ground Academy Serves Largely East African Student Body

St. Paul Finds Way to Retain Talented, Less-experienced Teachers During Layoffs

As In His Life, Samatar’s Funeral Brought All Manner of Minnesotans Together

Minnesota Test-results Takeaway: ‘Our Kids Did Not Get Dumber Overnight’

Friendship Academy’s Journey to Success Took No Easy Path

What Does It Do To Kids When Their School Building Screams, ‘Nothing Important Happens Here’?

Judges’ Comments

“Beth Hawkins fills her blogs with solid reporting on a wide variety of issues in education. Written in an easy-to-read style, her pieces raise awareness of the people, the schools and the issues important to education in St. Paul. The story on the “ladies” and the refuge they found with a teacher who gave them extra instruction in math was particularly striking.”

“Beth Hawkins brings a fresh approach, a conversational sort of authority and the savvy you hope for in a source of information about education. She hasn’t dumbed it down, but she has translated the philosophies she writes about with practical examples, strong descriptive skill, and a deft and mostly reliable avoidance of jargon. Anyone dismissive of the blog format should take note of her insightful use of it, exploiting too the opportunity to make personal observations that connect on a different level with readers. The warm – not smarmy or gushing – reflection on Samatar’s funeral is a case in point and the ‘rant’ on the depressing condition of some facilities is another. The posts are well-reported, bring in voices from many strata, and written with engaging skill.”

EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting.