EWA Announces Theme and Venue of 2013 National Seminar
October 9, 2012, Washington, DC -- The National Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that its 66th National Seminar, the organization's flagship annual conference, will take place May 2-4, 2013, on the campus of Stanford University in California. Titled "Creativity Counts: Innovation in Education and the Media," the event will take advantage of its location in the heart of Silicon Valley to explore approaches that differ from prevailing practice in both education and journalism.
Attended by approximately
300 journalists, communications professionals, scholars, and newsmakers, the
EWA National Seminar is the country’s premier conference for those working at
the crossroads of education and media. This year, the conference will be
jointly hosted by the Stanford University School of Education, the Stanford
Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the American
Educational Research Association (AERA), the Washington-based national research
association for 25,000 scholars engaged in research in education and learning.
a gorgeous campus with a storied history, and holding our conference there will
give our reporters access to some of the leading scholars in education,” said
Stephanie Banchero, national education reporter for the Wall Street Journal and
president of the EWA Board of Directors.
gathering will mark the second time in as many years that the AERA will co-host
the event; the research organization partnered with the University of
Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education to co-host EWA’s 2012 National Seminar
in Philadelphia last May.
“We are very
pleased to continue our collaboration with EWA, and to join with Stanford to
co-host this seminar,” emphasized Felice J. Levine, AERA Executive Director. “AERA
is committed to encouraging research of the highest quality and to working with
journalists on effective use of research. This collaboration exemplifies that
said they were excited by the opportunity to host the convening. “The nation is
focusing an unprecedented amount of attention on education and nearly every
dimension of schooling is up for reconsideration: pedagogies, models of school
governance and financing, use of technology, assessment, and so on,” noted Claude
Steele, the I. James Quillen Dean of the Stanford University School of
Education. “In this process, education media and researchers play vital roles
in ensuring that sound, well-researched knowledge informs change.”
national seminar will take place in the Bay Area within days of AERA’s national
conference. The two organizations intend to take advantage of that proximity to
bring together reporters and researchers to explore best practices in the use
of data to inform both education and its coverage.
is a fantastic opportunity for members of these two groups to come together to
examine the research, practice, and policies that will ensure that all students
receive a good education," Dean Steele said.
Along with a
rich menu of speakers, site visits, and interactive workshops, the program will
set aside time for talking with colleagues and making new contacts. EWA also
will honor the winners of the annual National Awards for Education Reporting
and announce the recipient of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for
Distinguished Education Reporting.
everyone – from newcomers to newsroom veterans – to come away with new skills,
knowledge, contacts and story ideas,” said EWA Executive Director Caroline
Hendrie. “Creativity Counts will show how innovation is transforming education –
and help participants unleash their own creativity.”