Blog: The Educated Reporter

EWA National Seminar: Learning From Leaders

Reporters have been producing some top-notch work out of EWA’s National Seminar, held late last month at the University of Pennsylvania. Over on the Ed Beat blog we have guest posts from participants on some of the most popular sessions. We also have a round-up of the articles and columns that have been published by individual news outlets. If we missed yours, let us know.

Later this month we will have videos to share from National Seminar, including the hugely popular “Tomorrow’s Teacher” session — 11 speakers were each given 12 minutes to share their views on the future of the profession.

As the Politics K-12 blog noted, it was a busy week for federal higher education policy, including the contentious issue of the impending interest rate hike for student loans. While that’s still being fought over, there’s a new study indicating that in some circumstances, a short-term vocational certificate can mean better salary prospects than a bachelor’s degree. But as USA Today reporter Mary Beth Markelein points out in her story,”the devil, of course, is in the details.”

Some of those details: the vocational certificates outweigh the bachelor’s degree more often for men than for women, and more for blacks than Hispanics, according to the report. However, certification programs that train workers relatively quickly for a specific occupation can be “the fastest, cheapest way to get a job that pays,” Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, told USA Today.



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