Who Is Miguel Cardona?
President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for education secretary prioritizes equity, data, and collaboration, say Connecticut Mirror reporters
(EWA Radio Episode 259)
Connecticut education commissioner Miguel Cardona has surged into the national spotlight as President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education.
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its 11th class of EWA Reporting Fellows as part of the organization’s drive to support enterprising journalism that informs the public about consequential issues in education.
Register Now: Jan. 26 Release Event for The State of the Education Beat Report
Survey of journalists reveals impact, obstacles, and what needs to change in profession
Education is at the center of the news like never before. But what obstacles do education journalists face as they seek to inform the public? What do they see as the most important issues in education today? And what do they believe needs to change about their own profession?
For answers to these and other questions, join us January 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern time for the release of The State of the Education Beat report, based on a national survey of education journalists. The report was produced for EWA by the EdWeek Research Center.
Following a short video presentation, you’ll hear from a distinguished panel of journalists and experts, and have a chance to ask questions. The panel will feature:
- Greg Toppo, president, EWA Board of Directors (moderator)
- Erica Green, education reporter, The New York Times
- Jason Gonzales, education reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado
- Caroline Hendrie, executive director, EWA
- Holly Kurtz, director, EdWeek Research Center
How Will Your Community Benefit From the New $81 Billion in Pandemic Relief for Education?
Experts explain ins and outs of new aid flowing to schools and universities, and how to track it
More than $81 billion in new stimulus aid is coming to schools and universities as part of the new federal COVID relief measure. Get a quick introduction to tracking the money that will flow to the schools you cover in this EWA webinar.
Two policy experts explain:
Covering Protests: Education Journalists’ Voices From the Field
'The protest stories are education stories'
Across the country, education reporters are out in the field covering community protests mounted in response to police brutality and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Covering Education Amid Threats of War or Terrorism
Veteran education journalists offer suggestions on working through national security threats
On the spectacular blue-skied morning of 9/11/2001, I was a staff writer for U.S News & World Report attending a not particularly exciting press conference a few blocks from the White House. Suddenly, someone burst into the room and announced “Our nation is under attack.” We all rushed outside, where thousands of office workers were milling in the streets because the government and all transportation had just been shut down. Warnings of a plane heading toward the White House (and, thus, us) sparked through the crowd like an electric arc.
How Journalists Can Fact-Check Highly Emotional Stories
Misinformation on social media runs rampant during protests over George Floyd's death
Are left-leaning extremists inciting riots in Idaho? Is a Minnesota McDonald’s burning after protests? Did a protestor steal a Chicago police horse?
No, no and no. All of these claims — which were all shared widely on social media — are false. But in highly emotional situations like demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, misinformation and disinformation can take on a life of its own on social media.
Here are several resources for combating misinformation in your reporting — and some examples of debunked stories.
New Year, New Education Stories to Watch
Veteran journalists share tips and ideas for covering the K-12 and higher ed beats in 2021
(EWA Radio Episode 258)
Student absenteeism, budgetary struggles, and sharp drops in college enrollment are likely to be some of the big stories on the K-12 and higher education beats as the pandemic continues in 2021.
Long the site of sit-ins, protests, and acts of civil disobedience, college campuses have, once again, become flash points for broader debates around race, free speech, and other highly-emotive issues.
Lisa Pemberton, an award-winning journalist and news team leader for The Olympian, knows well the challenges of covering protests, having spent much of her time recently covering racial tension and student protests at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
While states and local school districts control day-to-day operations in classrooms and provide most of the funding to schools, the federal government’s importance in both areas should not be discounted. It plays a significant role in promoting educational equity and protecting students’ civil rights, and has influenced everything from school accountability systems and academic standards to school safety and the education of students with disabilities.
The pandemic’s massive disruption to K-12 and higher education is front and center for education journalists, but an equally important story for children, families, the education sector, and the workforce at large is the crisis in child care and early learning.
‘Targeted:’ Sheriff Secretly Used School Records to Profile Students
Shool officials, parents had no knowledge of controversial program using grades, family histories to ID kids as potential criminals.
(EWA Radio: Episode 257)
In Pasco County, Florida, the sheriff’s department used students’ school records, including their grades and information about their family lives, to identify them as potential troublemakers.
As scientific understanding of the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, states, school systems, and higher education institutions must weigh what is known — and unknown — about the risks to guide decision-making. What’s the appropriate threshold to reopen or close schools? What safety precautions are most important on campuses? The list of questions goes on.
Learning to Read on Zoom
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, already vulnerable young students in Washington, D.C. are falling behind in basic literacy skills
(EWA Radio: Episode 256)
How do you capture both the experience of a young student learning to read remotely, and the challenges for their teacher on the other side of the screen? Education reporter Perry Stein masterfully weaves it together…
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce our 74th National Seminar will be held May 2-5, 2021.
This event, traditionally the largest gathering of education journalists and communicators of the year, is in the planning stages, so please see our FAQ and stay tuned for more details.
We can’t wait to gather with you and the rest of the EWA community this coming May.
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It’s Not Just About Voting: How Character, Civic Discourse Factor Into Post-Election Lessons
After bruising election cycle, schools are helping students make sense of the political upheaval
A month before Americans voted in the presidential election, the Pew Research Center polled registered Democrats and Republicans to ask what they thought about each other’s political leanings. Pew’s conclusion? The country’s voters “have rarely been as polarized as they are today.”
When Schools Get Hacked
In the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable K-12 and college systems are increasingly paying millions to unlock hijacked computer networks from hackers.
(EWA Radio: Episode 255)
Across the country, increasingly aggressive hackers are breaking into school computer systems and holding sensitive student information for ransom. Education leaders often quietly pay big bucks to regain control of their networks.
The vast majority of the 2.2 million Americans behind bars get almost no formal higher educational services, meaning they have little opportunity to develop new skills that might help them thrive upon release.
But now, despite today’s polarized political environment, there’s a bipartisan push to improve prisoners’ access to higher education. Proposals such as Pell Grants for prisoners and STEM training programs for the incarcerated are winning support from Republicans and Democrats.