71st EWA National Seminar
The evidence is clear: A college degree is, in most cases, the key to more money and a more comfortable standard of living. But that pathway to higher earnings is more available to some than others: A lot of elite colleges do not enroll a lot of low-income students, and as a result they’re not boosting very many students from low-income households into the middle and upper classes.
Teachers in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky and now North Carolina have made national headlines as they strike for better wages, policy matters and other various reasons. AFT President Randi Weingarten said in states like Mississippi where funding challenges are an “uphill battle,” paths to change can seem impossible.
Education journalists must think more critically about the ways in which race, ethnicity and gender play into the stories they tell, a panel of experts said at the first keynote session at the Education Writers Association’s national seminar in Los Angeles last week.
Last week in Los Angeles, the Education Writers Association (EWA) hosted an event for education journalists that – for the first time I’m aware – focused explicitly on newsroom diversity.
The #EWA18 “Room For All?” conference featured several panels focused on helping journalists understand the importance of diversity for journalism as well as for education.
During first period English last Friday at Capital high school in Helena, student Noah Whitehorn, felt his phone buzz with a notification; 10 people were dead following a school shooting in a small town just outside of Houston, Texas.
“I almost cried in the middle of English class. How is this still happening? After all that we’ve done in the past few months you’d think that at least something would have been accomplished.”
While some students, teachers and families are thinking what’s next — what’s the next lesson, what’s the next competition, what’s after graduation — others are losing sleep over an increasingly common question: Who’s next to die?
In the aftermath of another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, students across the country are tweeting under a heartbreaking hashtag — #IfIDieInASchoolShooting — to record last wishes and bring awareness to the consequences of school violence.
Gathered for the 2018 Education Writers Association (EWA) National Seminar, hundreds of education journalists heard from education experts, thought leaders and other fellow journalists about ways to make their coverage of today’s education issues nuanced, culturally relevant and enlightening.
Finances, safety and institutional capacity are the main challenges ahead for two of the nation’s biggest university systems, according to their leaders, who discussed the topics recently at the Education Writers Association National Seminar in Los Angeles.
University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano and California State University (CSU) System Chancellor Dr. Timothy P. White addressed a group of education reporters during a panel discussion last week titled, “What’s in Store for Big University Systems?”
Education journalists from across the nation gathered here this week with a focus on diversity in their profession, recent activism by teachers, and the scourge of school violence, among other topics.
The Education Writers Association’s top award for education reporting went to John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post for a compelling three-part series on children and gun violence, which was published last June.
It’s been a busy spring for the teachers’ unions. In the midst of widespread teacher walkouts and strikes in six states, the unions are preparing for what is expected to be a major blow issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association teachers union, told Morning Education in an interview last week in Los Angeles during the Education Writers Association conference that there’s a big connection between the two issues. She said it’s worth noting that the states with teacher labor unrest are not collective bargaining states that allow the fees.
Parkland Survivors and Other Youth Activists: ‘You’re Going to Listen to Us’ on Gun Violence
EWA National Seminar puts spotlight on students
In an emotionally charged session at the Education Writers Association’s national seminar, several student activists urged journalists to keep the national spotlight on gun violence and not let the shootings at a Florida high school and elsewhere be forgotten.
Guns, Violence & Student Activism: A Conversation
Live From EWA's National Seminar on May 17 at 8:00 a.m. PDT
In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students-turned-activists are at the center of a renewed national push to stem gun violence on campus and in communities. For this discussion, high school students Emma González and David Hogg of Parkland, Fla., Alex King of Chicago, and Jackson Mittleman of Newtown, Conn., shared their reflections and stories on guns, violence, school safety, and student activism with Education Week Staff Writer Evie Blad.
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting and the Eddie Prize, recognizing the top education stories in online, print, and broadcast media across the country.
This schedule is correct as of May 15, 2018, but is tentative and subject to change.
Tuesday May 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Westin Bonaventure Hotel)
- Hosted by National Education Association
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Registration Open (Westin Bonaventure Hotel)
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
All concurrent sessions are held in the Gould School of Law’s Musick Building or the Wallis Annenberg Hall.
The Education Writers Association, the national professional organization for journalists who cover education, is pleased to announce that its flagship annual conference will take place at the University of Southern California from Wednesday, May 16, through Friday, May 18, 2018.
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the theme of its 2018 National Seminar: “Room for All? Diversity in Education & the Media.” The conference, slated for May 16-18 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, will examine the impact of today’s fast-changing demographic and cultural dynamics — from the classroom to the newsroom and beyond.
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
404 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
To book your hotel accommodations, please use this specialized link for the EWA room block.
Unless noted in the agenda, all National Seminar sessions will be held on the University of Southern California campus.
Don’t miss your chance to market your presence during EWA’s National Seminar, the largest gathering of education journalists in the nation.
This year the National Seminar will bring together more than 600 journalists, experts, and supporting community members for three days of interactive sessions, including stand-alone speakers, panel discussions, how-to workshops, and local site visits.