Media Commons Archive
Good news for those who missed all or parts of our 2012 National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia–we’ve got the goods in an easy-to-navigate webpage. The videos, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts and articles that were written as a result of the sessions are all on display. Too busy to sort through the content? Many of the sessions were summarized in Ed Beat blogs some of your colleagues wrote. Give the wrap-up a gander.
Politicians and pundits love to bemoan the quality of U.S. education compared to other countries, such as Japan (1990s), Singapore (2000s), China and Finland (now).
Just this past week, yet another new report was released by prominent researchers Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson, looking at the growth rate in U.S. student achievement over at least a decade compared to other countries. The conclusion: We’re in the middle of the pack.
Sarah Carr, contributing editor for the Hechinger Report, wrote a thoughtful post on the words journalists choose when writing about education reform. In fact, the word ‘reform’ has loaded connotations.
Her commentary was inspired by a discussion on the EWA K-12
Let us know what you think!
Five Questions For … CEP’s Diane Rentner, on How Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, Spurred School Reforms
The Center on Education Policy’s new report on the ARRA stimulus funds concludes that the federal dollars did help save education jobs nationally, and also encouraged a common reform agenda among states. CEP deputy director Diane Rentner, co-author of the new report, spoke with EWA about the findings.
f you missed today’s webinar — Follow the Money: What’s Hiding in Your School District’s Spending? — you can tune in to the on-demand version over at the EWA Webinars page.
The Obama administration is pledging a billion dollars to bolster the STEM teaching profession by creating an elite corps of educators across all 50 states, but have similar efforts in the past shown any positive results?
The White House’s proposal centers on enlisting the help of 2,500—and eventually 10,000—expert science and math teachers to serve as lead instructors in their districts. Through professional development and other avenues, this cadre of educators will work to retain other STEM teachers and help them improve in the classroom.
The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado found students of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest virtual school company, are falling further behind in reading and math than their peers in traditional bricks-and-mortar classrooms.
“Our in-depth look in K12 Inc. raises enormous red flags,” said Kevin Welner, NEPC’s director, in a written statement.
The report, Understanding and Improving Full-Time Virtual Schools, is being presented today at the American Association of School Administrators’ annual meeting.
Pedagogical disputes over mathematics may not be as heated as they were in the 1990s, but certain hotly-debated questions remain. Prominent among them: Should students be taught math through standard algorithms or calculator-based, inquiry-enhanced learning?
Five Questions For … Education Sector’s Sarah Rosenberg, On Teachers, Unions, and Fast-Moving Reforms
Education Sector policy analyst Sarah Rosenberg spoke with EWA about Trending Toward Reform, a national survey that asked more than 1,100 public schoolteachers their thoughts on a variety of areas related to evaluations, compensation and the role of unions. (Rosenberg co-authored the report with Elena Silva, former senior policy analyst at Education Sector who recently joined the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.)
We have watched our public schools systems closing one by one. Here is the largest college in California subject to closure. If our leaders would only open up their mouths, media, and networks and express to the public what is actually happening.
Deadline writing is a tough draw, especially if your copy desk or dugout of intern fact-checkers is over-extended. But what happens when the available sources you rely on to give balance or texture to your article end up having an outsized role in the policy debate on which they’re commenting?
Nanette Asimov is the higher education reporter for San Francisco Chronicle. She recently wrote about City College of San Francisco facing closure for her paper. The school enrolls over 90,000 students, making it the largest college in California. She kindly contextualized the news below.
Great explainer from TIME Magazine health writer about how correlation does not equal causation. Her column was inspired by a claim by a New Hampshire state legislator that the state’s mandatory kindergarten led to greater crime rates.
The state legislator’s simplistic use of statistics was pretty easy to refute. But I wonder if journalists should do more of this kind of examination of research claims.
What do you think?
Among the many insights in today’s The New York Times article “‘No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House” was this from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:
“Mr. Duncan, in a telephone interview on Thursday, said states that had received waivers, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, would also use a mix of other indicators to evaluate teachers and schools, like how many students actually enrolled in college or took Advanced Placement exams, as well as reviews of teachers by their peers, their students and their principals.”
Whether you’re out to secure your content or bone up on web tools that can improve your journalism, this list of sources and the accompanying brief descriptions should get you started on connecting loose ends and protecting sensitive material from prying digital eyes.
Encryption is your friend: Four easy ways to protect yourself and your sources
As a policy organization or enterprising reporter, you’re likely to store sensitive information on your hard drive. Here are four hints on protecting your output and your sources:
Five Questions For News Journal Reporter Nichole Dobo, On Digging Online, Tough Interviews, And Being Prepared
Nichole Dobo, education reporter for the (Del.) News Journal, broke big news this week when she determined a charter school principal was claiming academic credentials that hadn’t been earned from an accredited institution. Dobo spoke with EWA about computer-assisted reporting, preparing for tough interviews, and how reaching out to colleagues can help.
The American Institutes for Research and Matrix Knowledge Group have teamed up to create CollegeMeasures.org, an online database tracking whether career programs at colleges and other institutions are in compliance with new federal standards.
If you missed all or part of the Tomorrow’s Teacher session at our 65th National Seminar, you can check out videos of each speaker’s full remarks in this handy widget:
Here’s a playlist: