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Message From EWA's Executive Director
Each year, EWA is proud to honor its members’ hard work
through the National Awards for Education Reporting. The contest is an
opportunity to recognize the contributions of education journalists who parse
complicated issues for the benefit of the public, who dig deep to challenge conventional
wisdom, and who seek out new angles that make for compelling, consequential and
Our distinguished panel of judges had their work cut out for
them: This year’s strong crop of 340 entries yielded 61 honorees representing
outlets of all sizes and media. I encourage you to set aside time today and in
the weeks ahead to take in these stories. They represent some of the best
journalism produced in 2011 on any beat.
All the first-prize winners honored today are eligible for
the contest's top award, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished
Education Reporting, which will be announced at EWA's 65th National Seminar in
Philadelphia. All contest winners will be honored at a May 19 awards banquet,
the capstone of the three-day conference.
Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our
2011 contest winners!
All the best,
Deciding Diversity: The Supreme Court Reconsiders Affirmative Action
Thursday, March 22
This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will take on the issue of
affirmative action in college admissions for the first time since 2003.
The plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin argues that her
race was the deciding factor when she was denied admission to the
school. Regardless of the outcome, this case will have major
consequences for schools around the country for years to come.
To examine the impact the ruling might have, EWA's upcoming webinar, Deciding Diversity: The Supreme Court Reconsiders Affirmative Action,
will feature two veteran education journalists who will discuss Fisher,
the history of affirmative action in higher ed, and the key points of
this story education reporters need to understand. Scott Jaschik, editor
of Inside Higher Ed, will talk about the case's effect on
postsecondary admissions, while Mark Walsh, Education Week's veteran Supreme
Court reporter, will focus on the stories K-12 reporters should think
Click here to register!
Registration Now OPEN For EWA's 65th National Seminar
Learning From Leaders: What Works for Stories and Schools will take place May 17-19, 2012, in Philadelphia. An estimated 250
reporters, authors, producers, editors, researchers, bloggers, and
others will gather for three days of in-depth discussions, site visits,
newsmaker speeches, and interactive workshops on education and its
coverage. EWA's flagship conference is being co-hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate
School of Education and the American Educational
Research Association. As ever, the event will be tailored to meet the unique needs and interests
of journalists who cover education at all levels.
Click here to register. For sponsorship and advertisement
opportunities, please contact Stephanie Cvetetic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Smart on Teacher Issues
If teachers affect student learning more than any other factor in
schools, how are we doing at recruiting, training, and retaining the best? How
can we tell if teachers are effective? Should they be paid for performance? How
much should experience count?
These are just some of the questions explored in the totally revamped
teachers section of EWA’s online Resource Center. To help you get smarter on
the issues, we’ve assembled reports, news stories, research, and
other information under three subtopics: teacher effectiveness, evaluations,
and the pipeline into the field. Click here to
access all three and get up to speed—fast.
Catch Up With Past
Did you know we have wrap-ups of every EWA seminar and
conference on EWA.org? Stop by our Tips from Past
Events section for links to blog items, videos, and relevant news stories drawn
from events like our 2011 Teacher
Evaluation Seminar and Higher
Education Seminar. And be sure to stop by our Webinars
page to watch any of our recent online training sessions.