Special Session Registration
2015 National Seminar

Pre-Conference Session

Before the National Seminar officially kicks off, EWA has organized special sessions and workshops for journalist attendees. More information and a link to register are below.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

The Core Story of Education with the FrameWorks Institute (For Community Members)

How can advocates for change make the most powerful case possible? No need for guesswork when it comes to communications strategies. The Core Story of Education offers tested, reliable reframing strategies on multiple aspects of P-12 education. Try your hand as a framer in this interactive session for community members.

Registration is full.

Deep Dive on Solutions-Oriented Reporting

This workshop explores the emerging practice of “solutions journalism.” The interactive session will focus on tools for finding data and sources, as well as crafting packages, with insights from The Seattle Times Education Lab, a collaboration with the Solutions Journalism Network. 

Registration is full.


Site Visits

Journalist attendees may sign up to visit Chicago-area schools on Wednesday morning (April 22). Shuttles will be provided to take attendees from the InterContinental hotel to each school. More information and a link to register are below.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. You may only register for one school visit.

Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center

Located in a high-poverty neighborhood of Chicago, Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center educates 960 students. Ninety-nine percent come from low-income homes, and 50 percent of the students are English-language learners. But against the odds, Cesar Chavez “Mac” has achieved something other schools in its area have not: the highest ranking in the Chicago Public Schools system. Principal Barton Dassinger attributes this accomplishment to the school’s expanded school day model implemented in 2010. Currently, students receive 60 minutes of added instruction time four days a week and have made impressive gains on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress assessment in just a few years.

Registration is full.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

The Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, established nearly two decades ago, is a Catholic campus that blends a college-prep curriculum for low-income families with a work-study program that has students in the workplace one full day each week. The workplace dimension helps cover tuition costs and provides youths a chance to gain valuable skills and experience. This unusual model has since been replicated through the 28-school Cristo Rey Network, which now serves some 9,000 students across the nation, from Los Angeles and Dallas to Atlanta and Boston. Reporters will hear from school leaders, teachers, and students about the Cristo Rey approach, which aims to equip youths with the “knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives.”

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Educare Chicago

Educare Chicago is a state-of-the-art school that serves approximately 150 at-risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The early childhood center was launched by the Ounce of Prevention Fund in 2000. It works to narrow the achievement gap between at-risk children and their more advantaged peers by giving students the skills they need to succeed in school. The model has spread across across the country, in at least a dozen states.

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Nicholas Senn High School International Baccalaureate

Senn High School went from the bottom third of Chicago Public Schools to ranking in the top tier, and one of its secrets is the expansion of its International Baccalaureate program to all new students who attend the school. A 2012 study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research showed that Chicago’s IB students were 40 percent more likely to enroll in a four-year college and 50 percent more likely to attend a selective school. Since then, Chicago Public Schools has aggressively expanded IB programs throughout the district.

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UChicago North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School

UChicago North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School on Chicago’s South Side is one of the highest performing non-selective enrollment public schools in the city of Chicago. Almost all of its students are African-American and they outperform national averages on math. In addition, the UChicago charter schools’ college-enrollment rate is the second highest for public schools in the Chicago region. NKO is a model school that Harvard University economist Richard Murnane cited in his book “Restoring Opportunity” as an example of ways to fight back against inequality. “It is indeed possible to improve the education of low-income children by focusing resources consistently on improving the teaching of critical skills,” Murnane wrote. He noted the emphasis on teacher training, including one-on-one coaching in implementing a rigorous literacy curriculum, student assessments to help guide instruction, and time during the school day to collaborate with and learn from other teachers.

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Noble Street College Prep

Noble Street College Prep is the oldest campus in the 17-school Noble Network of Charter Schools. The 600-student school opened in 1999. Noble Street College prep centers around the values of scholarship, discipline, and honor. Each year, more than half of the sophomore class studies in summer programs at higher education institutions such as the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan and Stanford University. Noble Street students are attending and have graduated from Carleton College, Pomona College, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Illinois, and Yale University, among many other schools.

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