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EWA Seeks Proposals to Host National Seminar

The National Education Writers Association (EWA) is seeking proposals from research universities with a footprint in the education policy landscape to host EWA’s 2012 National Seminar. Hosting this annual conference offers institutions a prime chance to make their mark in the media by showcasing their education expertise in early-childhood, K-12, and/or higher education before journalists from across the United States and beyond.


Behind the Numbers: What the SAT Scores Really Say
49 minutes

States love to brag when their SAT scores go up, and are quick to offer reasons why they went down. How can reporters see through the spin and put their states in context?

Holly Hacker, education reporter and stats guru at the Dallas Morning News, explains some basic statistical concepts using state SAT scores, showing you the biggest force driving those scores to help effectively and fairly compare your state with all the others.

While this webinar is focused on the SAT, these techniques are applicable to many other education issues.


Teacher Evaluations: A State-by-State Overview and Lessons From Early Adopters
1 hour 3 minutes

In advance of its 2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, the National Council on Teacher Quality offers a closer look into what is shaping up to be a critically important education policy trend. Across the nation states are engaged in create teacher evaluation systems to provide meaningful information about teacher performance, based in significant ways on student achievement, and tying information on teacher effectiveness to decisions of consequence about tenure, compensation, professional development and advancement.


Storyboarding with iPads

A California teacher uses grant-funded iPads to teach his second-grade class about the elements of good storytelling. Source:


Homeless Students: Covering the School Safety Net
1 Hour, 3 minutes

From Maine to California, school districts are reporting significant increases in the number of homeless students. Our webinar takes a closer look at the underlying issues, and also gives participants a blueprint for localizing this important story. Our presenters will include Barbara Duffield, policy director of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children; Pamela Hosmer, Program Manager for the San Diego Unified School District’s Children and Youth in Transition program; and Dr.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Good Read: Budget Woes Slow Florida’s Education Progress

We hear a lot about Florida being a bellwether for aggressive education form — multiple states are implementing similar models, including holding back students who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of the third grade. But as the Sun-Sentinel reports, it’s not always sunny in the Sunshine State’s schools.