Preliminary Agenda: EWA 72nd National Seminar
Baltimore • May 6-8, 2019

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The main conference runs from Monday to Wednesday. Click on the tabs below for a list of currently planned sessions for each day. Also, we are offering a special pre-conference workshop Sunday afternoon on issues at the intersection of the health and education beats.

Sunday May 5, 2019 (pre-conference workshop)

Joint pre-conference workshop with the Association of Health Care Journalists.

To explore issues at the intersection of the health and education beats, the Education Writers Association and the Association of Health Care Journalists are offering a joint workshop on Sunday, May 5. Participants will learn about promising sources of data while gaining insights and fresh story ideas for their beats.

This pre-conference event is open for free to participants registered at either the EWA 2019 National Seminar or the AHCJ Health Journalism 2019 conference.

Separate registration is required to attend.

1:00 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Reading, Writing, and Medical Check-ups? Schools as Health Care Providers

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
What Journalists Should Know About Teen Sexuality

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Drinking, Driving, Drugs: Using CDC Data to Inform Reporting on Youth Behavior

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Monday May 6, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Plenary: How Schools and Colleges Can Support Student Success

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Higher Ed Datapalooza – Finding and Using Free Data on Your Colleges
  • How States Are Rethinking Accountability and Report Cards in the ESSA Era
  • Mental Health: A Hidden Crisis in Schools?
  • Covering Dropout Prevention and Barriers to High School Graduation
  • Gun Violence in Schools and Communities: A Conversation With Journalists

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Complicating the Narratives: Insights to Rethink Coverage of Controversial Issues
  • The Scandals and Reform Proposals Impacting Student Loans
  • What Students of Color Need From Their Teachers
  • What Are the Financial and Emotional Costs of ‘Safe’ Schools?
  • How to Better Understand and Cover Student Suicide
  • Community Member Track: Trends in Communications: What’s In/What’s Out

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Charter Schools 101: Guidance From Journalists for Smart Coverage
  • Top 10 Education Stories NOT to Cover
  • The Gifted Gap—Reporting on Disparities in Access to Advanced Coursework
  • Civics Education in 2019
  • How to Fix Three of the Biggest Problems in Instruction: Lecturing, Quizzes and “Teaching”
  • Community member track: Reporter Roundtable

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Top 10 Higher Ed Stories You Should Cover This Year
  • Reporter Caucuses

6:00 p.m.
Awards Dinner

Tuesday May 7, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.
Breakfast and EWA Member Meeting

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • How Deregulation, Innovation Are Redefining What a Bachelor’s Means
  • Curricular Concerns: Using the ‘What’ of Teaching to Improve K-12 Learning
  • How Reporters Can Team Up With Researchers and Why They Should
  • Big Promises for Little Learners: What’s Next for Early Education?
  • Educating English-Language Learners: Data, Research and Reality
  • Keep Calm and Carry On: How to Handle Crisis Communication

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45- 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • School Discipline Reform: National Issues, Local Realities
  • Raising the Profile of School Principals: New Research and Approaches
  • How I Did the Story (and What I Learned): K-12
  • Alternatives to the B.A.: The Boom in Testing, Badging, and Microcredentials
  • Killing Remediation Before It Kills College Dreams
  • Community Member Track: Using Data to Tell a Story (Content also appropriate for journalists)

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote

1:45- 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • How I Did the Story (and What I Learned): Higher Ed
  • Student Safety and Well-Being in Special Education
  • Senior Year: Building Bridges From High School to What Comes Next
  • Beyond the Budget Blueprint: Better Ways to Track School Spending
  • Two Sides of the Story: How a Journalist and Comms Pro Tackled a Tricky Situation

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Three Great Stories Hidden in Your Campus’ Graduate Programs
  • The ‘Who’ in Safer Schools: School Resource Officers, Counselors and Teachers
  • Facebook as a Reporting Tool, Part 1
  • What’s the State of Early Learning in Your State?
  • Education’s Role in Economic Mobility
  • Community Member Track: Freelancing for Fun and Profit in Education and Journalism (Content also appropriate for journalists)

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

4:45- 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Facebook as a Reporting Tool, Part 2
  • Reporter Caucuses

6:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 8, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Site Visits

9:00 a.m. – Noon

  • Journalism Transparency Boot Camp
  • Deep Dive: Educating the Whole Student
  • Deep Dive: Covering Race on Campus
  • Community Member Track: Deep Dive: Digital Tools Everyone Can Use (Content also appropriate for journalists)

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Reporter Showcase