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Brainstorming for the EWA National Seminar

EWA recently surveyed its 1,100 journalist members to gather input on topic ideas for the 2012 National Seminar, which will be held May 17-19 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The favorite topics included:

  • Mining longitudinal student-performance data that states and district systems are collecting
  • Early results for new teacher-evaluation systems coming online around the country
  • How leading-edge states and districts are working with data on student, teacher, and school performance

Other popular K-12 topics included the impact of charter schools, classroom technology, and alternative education. For higher-ed topics, among the top choices were community colleges, ed school accountability, and workforce prep vs. traditional degrees. Highly rated early-education subjects included examining the research on early learning and access to high-quality care for disadvantaged families.

Reporters also want to know how to do enterprise stories on the fly and how to observe classrooms effectively.

We also plan to hold sessions on state reforms to teacher policies; Common Core standards and assessments; and using databases and other digital tools in reporting.

What do you think? Do you have thoughts on ways to approach these topics? What other topics would you like to see covered at the conference?

P.S. If you’re a reporter and still want to fill out the survey yourself, email me.

This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.