Announcement

Confirmed Speakers for EWA’s 2021 National Seminar
List includes top education leaders, policy makers, researchers and journalists.

The Education Writers Association is delighted to announce an exciting and important lineup of speakers for our virtual National Seminar, to be held May 3-5, 2021.

Attendance at EWA’s National Seminar is free, but exclusive to EWA journalist, student and supporting community members. EWA members can reserve their seats here. Those who are not members, but who wish to attend this event, can apply to join EWA. Membership is free for journalist and student members.

EWA’s National Seminar is the largest and most prestigious gathering of education journalists each year. This year’s event, our 74th annual National Seminar, will focus on the theme “Now What? Reporting on Education Amid Uncertainty,” and will feature dozens of leading researchers, education leaders, policymakers and journalists. 

Reserve your seat now!

This list of confirmed speakers is correct as of April 20, 2021, and will be updated regularly. 

  • Dominique Baker, Southern Methodist University
  • Caroline Bauman, Chalkbeat
  • Nia Badley, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
  • Marjorie Blen, San Francisco State University
  • Emma Brown, The Washington Post
  • Bridget Burns, University Innovation Alliance
  • Eder Campuzano, The Oregonian
  • Eli Capilouto, University of Kentucky
  • Miguel Cardona, U.S. Department of Education
  • Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce
  • Sarah Carpenter, Memphis Lift
  • Lee Cheng, Friends of Lowell Foundation
  • Arria Coburn, The Springfield Renaissance School
  • Rachel Davenport, Texas State University
  • Dana Davis, Community College of Aurora (CO)
  • Jean Desravines, New Leaders
  • Daniel Domenech, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • Emma Dorn, McKinsey & Company​
  • Danielle Dreilinger, author
  • Aaron Philip Dworkin, National Summer Learning Association
  • Doug Fuchs, Vanderbilt University 
  • Lynn Fuchs, Vanderbilt University
  • Adriana Galván, UCLA 
  • Sara Ganim, University of Florida
  • Marisol Garcia, Arizona Education Association
  • Dan Goldhaber, American Institutes for Research
  • A.J. Gutierrez, Saga Education
  • Katie Hamm, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Adam Harris, The Atlantic
  • Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
  • Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute
  • Andrew Ho, Harvard University
  • Keri Hubbard, Cadence Learning
  • Angelica Infante-Green, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Chana Joffe-Walt, This American Life
  • Angela Johnson, Cuyahoga Community College 
  • Ebony Johnson, Tulsa Public Schools
  • Robert Kelchen, Seton Hall University
  • Joshua Kim, Dartmouth College
  • Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
  • Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education
  • Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
  • Constance Lindsay, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Leah Lykins, WhereWeGo
  • Scott Marion, Center for Assessment
  • Cara McClellan, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Caitlin McLean, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
  • Josh Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal
  • Pedro Noguera, University of Southern California
  • Jo Napolitano, author
  • Julie J. Park, University of Maryland
  • Jennifer Peck, Partnership for Children and Youth
  • Libby Pier, Education Analytics
  • Denise Pope, Stanford University
  • Kasandra Posey, Civitas Education Partners
  • Becky Pringle, National Education Association
  • Camille Respess, MSNBC
  • Keri Rodrigues, National Parents Union
  • Dorien Rogers, Salisbury University
  • Ashley Rogers Berner, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sonja Santelises, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Nirvi Shah, Politico
  • Doug Shapiro, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
  • Robert Slavin, Johns Hopkins University
  • Andy Smarick, Manhattan Institute
  • Delece Smith-Barrow, Politico
  • Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College
  • Vidya Sundaram, Family Engagement Lab
  • Anne Sung, Houston Independent School District
  • Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Van Ton Quinlivan, Futuro Health
  • Juany Valdespino-Gaytán, Dallas Independent School District
  • Lynn Vasquez, New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Michael Vasquez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Bianca Vázquez Toness, The Boston Globe
  • Robert Vela, San Antonio College
  • Rochelle Wilcox, Wilcox Academy of Early Learning
  • Kerensa Wing, Collins Hill High School (Suwanee, GA)
  • Rebecca Winthrop, Center for Universal Education (Brookings Institution)
  • Jonathan Zimmerman, University of Pennsylvania