EWA Announces New ‘Global Lens’ Education Reporting Fellows

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce its third class of EWA Reporting Fellows, under an initiative aimed at supporting enterprising journalism projects.

The latest round of the EWA Reporting Fellowship is focused on examining U.S. education through a global lens. Prior rounds include college and career readiness and success, as well as high school redesign.

“We believe the latest fellows will make significant contributions to public understanding of timely and important issues in education,” said Caroline Hendrie, EWA’s executive director. “The projects reflect the remarkable commitment to high-quality, in-depth education reporting among EWA members.”

Three applications were selected for the third round of EWA Reporting Fellowships. EWA will provide up to $8,000 to help cover reporting costs, plus other assistance, for each project.

The newest class of EWA Reporting Fellows will undertake unique projects that will advance public understanding of U.S. K-12 education and student achievement by looking beyond America’s borders. The stories made possible by the fellowships are expected to be produced by the end of the year.

Meet the Fellows:

Sarah Butrymowicz
The Hechinger Report

This project will look at countries that have robust school choice systems to explore what lessons they offer at a time of increased attention to broadening options for American students under President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.




Kavitha Cardoza
Education Week

Unlike other educationally high-performing countries, which are small and relatively homogenous, Canada has high rates of immigration and child poverty, coupled with a highly decentralized public education system. Given these challenges, how does Canada manage to perform so well on international assessments?




Amanda Ripley 
Freelance (The Atlantic)

Girls in the Middle East dramatically outperform boys in education in every subject, despite facing relatively limited future career opportunities. What lessons for America and the rest of the world can be learned from this surprising case study in motivation and learning?