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A variety of interviews, keynotes and panel discussions with journalists, experts and newsmakers.

A variety of interviews, keynotes and panel discussions with journalists, experts and newsmakers.

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EWA Hangout with Bill Bushaw

EWA Hangout with Bill Bushaw

On Aug. 21, PDK International and Gallup released the 45th annual edition of the Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the nation’s longest-running poll on education issues. In a live video chat, Bill Bushaw, executive director of PDK, spoke with EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond about some of the surprising findings, including the public’s awareness of the Common Core State Standards, attitudes toward high-stakes testing, and parental concerns about school safety.

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How I Did the Story: Investigating Huge Administrator Pay Increases in Higher Ed

How I Did the Story: Investigating Huge Administrator Pay Increases in Higher Ed

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas of the Connecticut Mirror talks about her work with colleagues Keith Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokes on a series of stories probing huge raises for several administrators in New Hampshire’s cash-strapped public college system. Their reporting was awarded first prize for Investigative Reporting in a Small Newsroom in EWA’s 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting.

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A Conversation with Sal Khan, Part 3

A Conversation with Sal Khan, Part 3

As the Q&A concludes, Khan fields questions on adapting lessons for an international audience, the MOOC model, and solving the problem of credentialing in online ed.

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A Conversation with Sal Khan, Part 2

A Conversation with Sal Khan, Part 2

During the Q&A, Khan discusses the history of distance learning, the structure and composition of his videos, and how Khan Academy is beginning to approach assessments.

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How I Did the Story: “An Empty Desk Epidemic” by David Jackson & Gary Marx

How I Did the Story: “An Empty Desk Epidemic” by David Jackson & Gary Marx

David Jackson and Gary Marx of the Chicago Tribune talk about the 10-year reporting project that became EWA’s Grand Prize-winning project, “An Empty-Desk Epidemic.” The expansive story demonstrated how students in Chicago’s public schools racked up missed days of school even as early as kindergarten.

Recorded at EWA’s 66th National Seminar, May 4, 2013 at Stanford University

Head to The Educated Reporter to read a guest blog by Jackson and Marks.

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How I Did the Story: Title IX and Sexual Assault on Campus

How I Did the Story: Title IX and Sexual Assault on Campus

Justin Pope of the Associated Press talks about how he approached the timely and difficult topic of how universities are applying the Title IX gender discrimination law to sexual assault cases. Pope’s coverage won a special citation in Single-Topic News, Series or Feature in a Large Newsroom in EWA’s 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting.

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How I Did the Story: Beat Reporting in a Medium Newsroom

How I Did the Story: Beat Reporting in a Medium Newsroom

Benjamin Herold of Education Week talks about the coverage he did for WHYY and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook in 2012, a particularly tumultuous year for the city’s school system. Herold’s coverage was awarded first prize in the beat reporting category, medium newsroom, in EWA’s 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting. Recorded at EWA’s 66th National Seminar, May 4, 2013 at Stanford University.

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How I Did the Story: Reporting From a Turnaround School in “Following Trevista”

How I Did the Story: Reporting From a Turnaround School in “Following Trevista”

Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio talks about following a group of teachers, administrators and students going through a turnaround effort at a failing school in Denver. “Trevista” was awarded first prize, Single-Topic News, Series or Feature in Broadcast in EWA’s 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting. Recorded at EWA’s 66th National Seminar, May 4, 2013, at Stanford University.

*Please note: Due to technical difficulties during recording, the audio in the first half of this video is distorted. There is nothing wrong with your speakers.

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Innovation Showcase: Blended Learning Boom

Innovation Showcase: Blended Learning Boom

These interactive sessions feature reporters, analysts and educators spotlighting efforts under way to harness the power of innovation to spark new approaches to K-12 and higher education. In this session, Marcie Bober-Michel, San Diego State University, interviewed by Kyla Calvert, KPBS, about a boom in courses that blend online and face-to-face learning. Recorded May 4, 2013 at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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Innovation Showcase: Grading Goes 2.0

Innovation Showcase: Grading Goes 2.0

These interactive sessions feature reporters, analysts and educators spotlighting efforts under way to harness the power of innovation to spark new approaches to K-12 and higher education. In this session, Mark Shermis, University of Akron, is interviewed by Molly Bloom, WKSU, about the debate over computerized grading of student essays. Recorded May 4, 2013 at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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Innovation Showcase: Investing in Education

Innovation Showcase: Investing in Education

These interactive sessions feature reporters, analysts and educators spotlighting efforts under way to harness the power of innovation to spark new approaches to K-12 and higher education. In this session, Trace Urdan, Wells Fargo Securities, is interviewed by Kim Clark, Money Magazine, about burgeoning investments in innovative education enterprises Recorded May 4, 2013 at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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Innovation Showcase: Digital Textbook Debate

Innovation Showcase: Digital Textbook Debate

These interactive sessions feature reporters, analysts and educators spotlighting efforts under way to harness the power of innovation to spark new approaches to K-12 and higher education. In this session, Jay McPhail, Riverside Unified School District (Riverside, CA), is interviewed by Dayna Straehley, The Press-Enterprise, about digital instructional materials and mobile devices for students. Recorded May 4, 2013 at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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Innovation Showcase: Fostering Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed

Innovation Showcase: Fostering Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed

These interactive sessions feature reporters, analysts and educators spotlighting efforts under way to harness the power of innovation to spark new approaches to K-12 and higher education.

In this session, Kayvon Beykpour, Mobile Technologies Entrepreneur, is interviewed by Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, about how universities can encourage students to start companies.

Recorded May 4, 2013 at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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Innovation Showcase: Robots as Peer Learners

Innovation Showcase: Robots as Peer Learners

These interactive sessions feature reporters, analysts and educators spotlighting efforts under way to harness the power of innovation to spark new approaches to K-12 and higher education.

In this session, Sandra Okita, Columbia University, is interviewed by Greg Toppo, USA Today, about robots being used for instruction in K-12 classrooms.

Recorded May 4, 2013 at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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Innovation Showcase: Lesson Plans Go Open Source

Innovation Showcase: Lesson Plans Go Open Source

These interactive sessions feature reporters, analysts and educators spotlighting efforts under way to harness the power of innovation to spark new approaches to K-12 and higher education. Learn about experimental tools, offerings and practices being made possible by emerging digital technologies, and gather new ideas for covering innovation on your own beat.

In this session, Wanda Longoria, Northside Independent School District (San Antonio, TX), is interviewed by Kelsey Sheehy, U.S. News & World Report, about new ways for teachers to share lessons online.

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Knowing Their Choices: Assessing Efforts to Inform Parents

More parents are facing educational choices they never had before. Privileged families have always successfully navigated the complexities around schools, but lower-income families haven’t necessarily done so. What new ways are being tried to get information in the hands of a broader array of parents? As organizations step in to  offer guidance, reporters can learn from the processes they use.

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Choice and Competition: Improving or Undermining Public Education?

Choice and Competition: Improving or Undermining Public Education?

Is there evidence that empowering all parents to choose among competing schools—district-run, charter, and private—leads to better outcomes for students? Will a critical mass of charter schools in a community be a catalyst for positive change or for school closings that leave students behind? Advocates with different views debate whether competition threatens to destroy public education or is strengthening it one school at a time. Panelists include Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers and Kevin P. Chavous of the American Federation for Children.

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What to Make of MOOCs

What to Make of MOOCs

In less than two years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have altered discussions about higher education reform and access. Following the announcement that a handful of the courses merit traditional college credit, MOOCs may be poised to alter students’ pathways to a diploma. Or they might be the latest example of Internet overreach. A discussion of the possibilities.

Speakers: Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed; Daphne Koller, Coursera; Bob Samuels, University Council-AFT; Cathy Sandeen, American Council on Education; Gabi Zolla, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

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New Prescriptions for Remedial Education

The biggest obstacles that many undergraduates face en route to a college degree are the remedial or developmental courses in which they will be placed for their first year. These courses, which students must pass before they can take classes that carry college credit, add to the expense and time it takes to earn a degree. Are such classes really needed? Or can schools replace them with other forms of academic support?

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Opportunity Gaps and Out of School Factors

Much attention has focused on achievement gaps among children from different demographic groups, and on teacher effectiveness as the chief in-school influence on student performance. But what about factors that carry more weight than teachers? And how can society close opportunity gaps often associated with widely decried achievement gaps in school? Sarah Garland, The Hechinger Report (moderator); Prudence Carter, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Michael Petrilli, Thomas B.

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Retention in the Third Grade: Help or Hindrance?

More states are embracing “third grade reading guarantees” that aim to prevent children from moving to fourth grade until they have progressed from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” But research has shown that students who are retained often end up dropping out. Two researchers will probe what the research says, and whether legislatures are on the right track. Panelists: Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post (moderator); Shane Jimerson, University of California, Santa Barbara; Martin West, Harvard University.

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Ready or Not: Common Core Assessments

By 2014, it is expected that assessments based on the Common Core State Standards will be widespread across the country. What are the obstacles, opportunities and implications? Do schools have the needed technological capacity? How will states implement “cut scores”? Can the tests measuring “deep learning”? How high-stakes should they be?

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Early Childhood Education: Not All Options Are Created Equal

President Obama got the early childhood education world buzzing when he announced his ambitious plans to expand preschool during his State of the Union. But doubts remain. Would expanding universal pre-K lead to a top-down push for more academics at younger ages? Do states have the funding to provide early childhood education for all who want it? Can state programs and Head Start coordinate effectively? Panlists include: Ron French, Bridge Magazine; Bruce Fuller, University of California, Berkeley; Sterling Speirn, W.K.

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James Heckman at the National Seminar, Part 3

James Heckman at the National Seminar, Part 3

Dr. James Heckman, a Nobel laureate economist, is a strong proponent of investing early in children and disadvantaged families. During a Q&A moderated by the Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Banchero, Heckman fields questions on the the feasibility of basing policy around his research, paying for early childhood education, and the benefit of skills programs directed at older students.

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James Heckman at the National Seminar, Part 2

James Heckman at the National Seminar, Part 2

Dr. James Heckman, a Nobel laureate economist, is a strong proponent of investing early in children and disadvantaged families. As the talk continues, he discusses how early childhood interventions can affect skills acquisition later in life and the effects of education on achievement.

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James Heckman at the National Seminar, Part 1

James Heckman at the National Seminar, Part 1

Dr. James Heckman, a Nobel laureate economist, is a strong proponent of investing early in children and disadvantaged families. In part one of his talk he discusses the importance of parents, the limits of standardized testing, and America’s “skills problem.”

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Top 10 Stories on Innovation in Higher Education

Top 10 Stories on Innovation in Higher Education

What are the higher education stories on innovation that reporters should be following this year? Scott Jaschik, editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed, offers his insights on what stories are worth covering in the coming months.

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What Online Education Means for College Classrooms

What Online Education Means for College Classrooms

The rise of online education arguably represents the first real change in centuries to how courses are taught in postsecondary education, both on and off campus. This discussion examines the potential online teaching technologies have to change how students learn—both in lecture halls and cyberspace—and how universities function.

Speakers: Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times; Sir Michael Barber, Pearson; John Mitchell, Stanford University; Mark Smith, National Education Association

Recorded May 2, 2013 at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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A Conversation with Thomas Friedman, Part 4: Information Overload, College Costs and Education as a Civil Right

A Conversation with Thomas Friedman, Part 4: Information Overload, College Costs and Education as a Civil Right

From the Education Writers Association 2013 National Seminar, a discussion between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Friedman (New York Times) and Stephanie Banchero (Wall Street Journal). Filmed at Stanford University.

During the Q & A portion of his talk, Friedman fields questions on the pitfalls of online education, being overwhelmed by information, and how technology might offset rising tuition costs.

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A Conversation with Thomas Friedman, Part 3: Modern Career Opportunities, Fear of Technology and Reasons to Be Optimistic

A Conversation with Thomas Friedman, Part 3: Modern Career Opportunities, Fear of Technology and Reasons to Be Optimistic

From the Education Writers Association 2013 National Seminar, a discussion between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Friedman (New York Times) and Stephanie Banchero (Wall Street Journal). Filmed at Stanford University.

In part 3, Friedman discusses how young people are faring in the job market and how U.S. schools compare with their international counterparts.

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A Conversation with Thomas Friedman, Part 2: Missing the Point on MOOCs, Cost vs. Value in Higher Ed and the ‘401(k) World’

A Conversation with Thomas Friedman, Part 2: Missing the Point on MOOCs, Cost vs. Value in Higher Ed and the ‘401(k) World’

From the Education Writers Association 2013 National Seminar, a discussion between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Friedman (New York Times) and Stephanie Banchero (Wall Street Journal). Filmed at Stanford University.

In part 2, Friedman talks about the boom in Massive Open Online Courses, the role of teachers in increasingly tech-focused classrooms, and the importance of motivation in a world of defined contributions.

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Solutions Journalism: A Different Lens on Stories

David Bornstein, author of The New York Times “Fixes” blog, explains and discusses solutions journalism, which aims to  examine credible responses to social problems. What is “SoJo”? How does it differ from traditional reporting and how does it apply to education reporting? Recorded at EWA’s 66th National Seminar, “Creativity Counts: Innovation in Education and the Media,” May 2-4, 2013.

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Urban School Reform: Beyond Stars and Scandals

Do reporters who cover major efforts to improve schools focus on incremental developments at the expense of the big picture? Do they pay too much attention to leaders with star power and too little to quieter contributors? The authors of two new books on urban education reflect on media coverage of efforts to revamp big-city schools. Moderator: Benjamin Herold, WHYY; Richard Colvin, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship; David Kirp, University of California, Berkeley. Recorded at EWA’s 66th National Seminar, “Creativity Counts: Innovation in Education and the Media,” May 2-4, 2013

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For Good Measure: Assessing College Performance

For Good Measure: Assessing College Performance

What’s the best way to determine how effectively a college goes about the business of educating its students? If popular college rankings in the media are flawed, what other models of crunching the data might deliver more illuminating comparisons? To what extent is a college’s success at graduating students dependent on the types of students it enrolls? This session offers insights on new approaches on how to use the data available to see a more complete picture of college performance.

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Why STEM? Why Now?

From the president’s State of the Union address to the local want ads, STEM education and the careers these disciplines can lead to have become a centerpiece of discussions of education reform. This discussion will explore why STEM has become such a hot topic. Panelists: Linda Rosen, CEO, Change the Equation David Saba, COO, National Math and Science Initiative Scott Jaschik, Co-Founder and Editor, Inside Higher Ed (moderator). Recorded at EWA’s STEM Education conference at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Feb. 8, 2013.

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The Science of Covering STEM: Advice for Reporters

Two top STEM education reporters offer their insights on developments reporters should be following this year along with tips for breaking down the issues and connecting with sources. Panelists: Scott Jaschik, Co-Founder and Editor, Inside Higher Ed and Erik Robelen, Assistant Editor, Education Week. Recorded at EWA’s seminar on STEM Education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Feb. 8, 2013.

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Dealing with Student Loan Debt: The Problems

Student loans have become a focal point in the national debate over college affordability. This session examines the impact that loan debt has on students, both while they are pursuing their degrees and after they have graduated. Panelists: Stephen Burd, New America Foundation (moderator); Vic Borden, Indiana University School of Education; Chris LoCascio, Fix UC; Vasti Torres, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Recorded at EWA’s Seminar for Higher Education Reporters at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Nov. 2-3, 2012.

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Dealing with Student Loan Debt: The Solutions

Are there alternatives that can either prevent students from accumulating loan debt while they are in school or assist them in repaying their debt after they have earned a degree? In this session, we examine the pros and cons of options such as income-based repayment and student loan bankruptcy reform. Panelists: Kim Clark, Money (moderator); Lauren Asher, The Institute for College Access and Success; Rohit Chopra, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Nicholas Hillman, University of Utah; Lynn O’Shaughnessy, The College Solution.

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Making Sense of Higher Education Engagement, Outcomes & Assessment

The latest on what we know about how students learn best, what institutions should be looking for, and how they determine if it’s happening. Panelists: Kenneth Terrell, Education Writers Association (moderator); George Kuh (NILOA) and Robert Gonyea (NSSE); Trudy Banta and Gary Pike, IUPUI. Recorded at EWA’s Seminar for Higher Education Reporters at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Nov. 2-3, 2012.

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10 Higher Education Stories You Should Be Covering This Year

10 Higher Education Stories You Should Be Covering This Year

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik talks to reporters about 10 stories he wants to see in 2013 (added bonus: three “don’ts” to observe while covering the higher ed beat).

This address was a part of “Degrees vs. Debt: Making College More Affordable,” EWA’s Nov. 2-3 2012 seminar for higher ed reporters at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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Who’s Subsidizing Whom and Other Secrets of Tuition Pricing

When students pay different amounts to take the same courses, does one student’s tuition go toward another’s education? We take close look at this debate as part of a discussion of the factors that college and university administrators consider when they determine tuition prices. Panlists: Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report (moderator); Steve Hurlburt, Delta Cost Project; Paul Lingenfelter, State Higher Education Executive Officers; Richard Vedder, Ohio University/Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

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Different Ways to a Degree

In recent years, various options have emerged to trim the costs of earning a degree. In this session, we will examine whether options such as three-year degree programs and online education can make higher education more affordable. Panelists: Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed (moderator); Kris Clerkin, Southern New Hampshire University; David Daniels, Pearson; Tom Harnisch, American Association of State Colleges & Universities; Burck Smith, StraighterLine; Tom Snyder, Ivy Tech Community College.

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Turning the Page on Textbooks: More Affordable Options

Plummeting prices for e-readers and tablet computers mean big changes for the textbook industry, as more students and professors clamor for digital versions of traditional paper editions. What does this shift in the publishing world mean for college costs, and how are universities getting e-textbooks into the hands of students? Panelists: Jeff Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education (moderator); Nicole Allen, U.S. PIRG; Bruce Hildebrand, Association of American Publishers; Mickey Levitan, Courseload.

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Arthur Levine: Lessons Learned About Teacher Education

Arthur Levine: Lessons Learned About Teacher Education

Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, delivers the keynote address at EWA’s Oct. 26, 2012 seminar, “Ready to Teach: Rethinking Routes to the Classroom.”

Recorded at the University of Minnesota.

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Charter Schools 101

Charter Schools 101

Charter schools—which are tuition-free public schools created and operated by parents, organizations, or community groups to fill an educational need not oth…

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Educating Latinos: The Game-Changing Stories Behind the Numbers

Educating Latinos: The Game-Changing Stories Behind the Numbers

On May 31, EWA took part in a special webcast to help journalists understand key issues in Latino education as part of the College Board’s — Prepárate™: Educating Latinos for the Future of America. Panelists: Mark Hugo López from the Pew Hispanic Center Frances Contreras, author, associate professor and director of the Higher Education Program at the University of Washington Alfred Herrera, assistant vice provost for academic partnerships at UCLA and undocumented student advocate Katherine Leal Unmuth, award-winning education journalist, EWA member and blogger at latinoedbeat.org.

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College Affordability: Covering the Costs

College Affordability: Covering the Costs

President Obama called for making college more affordable in his 2012 State of the Union Address. But how? Do increases in federal financial aid spur mounting prices, or help more students afford higher education? Would incentives aimed at curbing tuition increases actually work? What about honesty about the true cost of college? Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer and columnist with the The Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses these questions with Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

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Tomorrow’s Teacher: Closing Remarks

Tomorrow’s Teacher: Closing Remarks

Greg Toppo of USA Today closes out the Tomorrow’s Teachers session at EWA’s 65th National Seminar.

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Buskin Lecture: Mayor Cory Booker

Buskin Lecture: Mayor Cory Booker

The Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks at EWA’s 65th National Seminar on education inequality, innovation, and the need for tough questions in school coverage.

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Building a True Profession

Building a True Profession

Speaker: Ron Thorpe, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Education Utopia: Unions Leading the Way

Education Utopia: Unions Leading the Way

Speaker: Rebecca Pringle, secretary-treasurer, National Education Association

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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It is (Mostly) About Improvement

It is (Mostly) About Improvement

Speaker: Anthony Bryk, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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That Class Coulda’ Broke Me But…

That Class Coulda’ Broke Me But…

Speaker: Denise Khaalis, South Pointe High School, S.C.

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers

Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers

Speaker: Bryan Hassel, Public Impact

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Myth of the Super Teacher

The Myth of the Super Teacher

Speaker: Roxanna Elden, Hialeah High School teacher

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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You Can’t Get There From Here

You Can’t Get There From Here

Speaker: Ted Mitchell, NewSchools Venture Fund

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Great Teachers Aren’t Born, They’re Taught

Great Teachers Aren’t Born, They’re Taught

Speaker: Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Can Community Colleges Get Better?

More than ever, community colleges are being seen as key to getting millions of Americans the education they need to thrive. Yet while many students enter community colleges for job training that does not culminate in a degree, many more intend to get a degree but fall short. What can change?

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The Teaching Force: Transforming Before Our Eyes

The Teaching Force: Transforming Before Our Eyes

Speaker: Richard Ingersoll, University of Pennsylvania

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Tomorrow’s Teacher: Opening Remarks

Tomorrow’s Teacher: Opening Remarks

Greg Toppo of USA Today introduces the Tomorrow’s Teacher session

This presentation was a part of “Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness,” a session held May 18, 2012 at EWA’s 65th National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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What’s In Store for Common Core?

What’s In Store for Common Core?

Forty-six states plus the District of Columbia have pledged to use the Common Core standards, and all but five states are involved in collaborative efforts to develop related assessments. Yet while supporters see Common Core as a watershed, much needs to go right for the initiative to bear fruit. What are the key questions journalists need to ask?

Moderator: Fawn Johnson, correspondent for National Journal

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How to Improve Your Access to Schools

A roundtable including journalists, a public information officer and a principal discuss how reporters can better gain access to schools and classrooms. Erin Richards, education reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (moderator); Terry Corallo, director of communications, Paterson Public Schools, N.J.; Michael Foran, principal, New Britain High School in New Britain, Conn.; Rose Ciotta, senior editor for digital/print projects, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Susan Snyder, higher education reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Recorded at EWA’s 65th National Seminar on May 17, 2012.

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School Violence: What Can Reporters Uncover?

In many communities, campus violence and student discipline issues are ever-present concerns for educators struggling to make schools safe places to work and learn. Members of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team from The Philadelphia Inquirer and others discuss the newspaper’s year-long project on school violence and its impact on the community.

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In the Trenches: Teachers’ Take on Turnarounds

In the Trenches: Teachers’ Take on Turnarounds

Anthony Cody, a longtime teacher and blogger who is now a consultant and expert on teacher leadership, and Lisa Goncalves Lavin, a first grade teacher and member of the Turnaround Teacher Team (T3) at Blackstone Elementary School in Boston, Mass., share their views of how teachers are experiencing turnaround efforts.

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The McDowell Project

The McDowell Project

Judy Hale, president of AFT-West Virginia, showed this video at EWA’s March 24, 2012 seminar on turnaround schools. “Reconnecting McDowell” is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvements in McDowell County, WV.

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Charter Schools’ Role in Turnaround and Transformation

Charter Schools’ Role in Turnaround and Transformation

How does the charter school model factor into efforts to turn around low-achieving campuses? Why haven’t more charter management organizations signed on for school turnarounds? What questions should reporters be asking when faced with conflicting data on charter school performance?

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Lessons Learned: What We Know About School Turnarounds

Lessons Learned: What We Know About School Turnarounds

In this excerpt from his presentation at EWA’s March 24 conference in Chicago, Professor Daniel Duke of the University of Virginia reviews the history of recent school turnaround efforts, lessons that can be drawn from successes and setbacks, and issues and concerns that persist as the reform effort moves forward.

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Turnaround Schools: Federal Priorities and Research Findings

Turnaround Schools: Federal Priorities and Research Findings

Deputy Assistant Secretary Jason Snyder of the U.S. Department of Education provides an overview of federal reform efforts and the Obama administration’s goals for the SIG program.

Timothy Knowles, director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, talks about key findings from studies of Chicago’s turnaround initiative.

Recorded at EWA’s March 24, 2012 conference on school turnarounds at the University of Chicago

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Learning Matters: Joel Klein, A Change Agent For NYC Schools

Learning Matters: Joel Klein, A Change Agent For NYC Schools

Via John Merrow: New York City is the largest public school system in the U.S., by far. There are approximately 92,000 teachers, more than 1,300 schools and nearly 1.1 million students. To put it in perspective, only nine cities in the U.S. have that many people.

In 2002, MIchael Bloomberg was elected Mayor of New York and he appointed former assistant US attorney general and businessman Joel Klein as the schools chancellor.

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More than that…

More than that…

2 classes team up to create a rebuttal video to the ABC special “Children of the Plains.”

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Ed Sector’s Kevin Carey on the Price of College

Ed Sector’s Kevin Carey on the Price of College

Kevin Carey, policy director at Education Sector, talks with EWA’s Caroline Hendrie about his radical idea for reining in the price of postsecondary education, and offers tips for excising jargon from education writing.

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The Perfect Score: Cheating on the SAT

In his first interview about his criminal fraud, Sam Eshaghoff tells how he was able to take the SAT and ACT college admissions exams for others who paid him up to $2,500 per test. Alison Stewart reports for 60 Minutes.

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Shopping For Schools in Indiana

Shopping For Schools in Indiana

From Learning Matters TV: In Indiana, GOP-led school choice reforms have created three distinct competitive options for public schools. Is this ultimately a good thing for education?

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Reporters’ Role: How Are News Outlets Covering the Story?

Reporters’ Role: How Are News Outlets Covering the Story?

Is the Fourth Estate influencing the debate over teacher evaluations? Should media publish data, by name, on the estimated value that teachers add to student test scores? What questions should reporters ask about value-added measures and other issues in reforming teacher evaluation? Recorded at EWA’s Nov. 12, 2011 Teacher Evaluation Seminar at the University of Chicago.

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States of Change: Political Realities and Policy Reforms

States of Change: Political Realities and Policy Reforms

What are the thorniest issues states are facing in developing and putting in place new approaches? How are they striking the balance between state leadership and local flexibility? How much are state policies being influenced by federal carrots and sticks? Recorded at EWA’s Nov. 12, 2011 Teacher Evaluation Seminar at the University of Chicago.

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In the Trenches: How Teachers See the Issues

In the Trenches: How Teachers See the Issues

What is the evaluation process typically like for a classroom teacher? How do teachers think the process could best be changed so that the results would actually help them improve? Do teachers think emerging approaches to evaluation are useful and fair? Recorded at EWA’s Nov. 12, 2011 Teacher Evaluation Seminar at the University of Chicago.

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National Perspective: Common Themes, Different Contexts

National Perspective: Common Themes, Different Contexts

What lessons can be learned from initiatives around the country to revamp the way teacher performance is assessed? What role is federal policy playing in driving change? How are partnerships among districts, unions, and reformers playing out?

Panel recorded at EWA’s Nov. 12, 2011 Teacher Evaluation Seminar.

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EWA Interview: Putting College Costs in Context

EWA Interview: Putting College Costs in Context

Robert Archibald, author of Why Does College Cost So Much?, talks about why higher education should be viewed in the context of other sectors of he economy. Recorded at EWA’s Nov. 4-5 seminar for higher education reporters.

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EWA Interview: UCLA’s John Pryor on the CIRP Freshman Survey

EWA Interview: UCLA’s John Pryor on the CIRP Freshman Survey

How can higher education reporters use CIRP survey data in their stories? How are educational institutions using the information? John Pryor, director of CIRP at UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, gives guidance in this interview conducted at EWA’s Higher Education Seminar on Nov. 4-5 at UCLA.

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Can Technology Fix Higher Education?

Can Technology Fix Higher Education?

From EWA’s Nov 4-5 Higher Education Seminar at UCLA: As more students crowd classrooms, many colleges and professors are looking for new ways to use technology to make the learning experience more effective. From large-scale course redesigns to using Twitter to pass “notes” in class, what’s the impact when college courses get plugged in?

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Higher Ed’s Cash Crunch: Who’s Getting Hurt?

Higher Ed’s Cash Crunch: Who’s Getting Hurt?

From EWA’s Nov 4-5 Higher Education Seminar at UCLA: The latest updates on what government budget cuts mean for colleges and students. What is the current impact on public colleges and universities and what is the outlook for further cuts in 2012?

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A Glass Half Full: A Look at Student Retention

A Glass Half Full: A Look at Student Retention

Panelists discuss the challenges facing first-generation college students, the difference between “retention” and “persistence,” and the challenge of matching students with ideal institutions. Recorded at EWA’s Nov. 4-5 seminar for higher education reporters at UCLA.

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EWA Interview: Will Congress Scrap NCLB?

EWA Interview: Will Congress Scrap NCLB?

EWA’s Caroline Hendrie talks to Alyson Klein of Ed Week about an upcoming bill that would overhaul the Bush-era No Child Left Behind legislation. What’s in store, and what should education reporters be paying attention to in this complex legislation?

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Online Schools

Online Schools

via Colorado’s I-News Network: I-News spent ten months investigating what is really happening to students who attend online K-12 schools in Colorado. We found that millions in state taxpayer dollars are going to online schools for students who aren’t attending classes, those who do fall farther behind the longer the stay “online,” and attempts at reforming the $100 million system have failed.

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Tipping the Scales

Tipping the Scales

via the Center for American Progress: A video animation explains how a flaw in current education law allows unequal funding for schools.

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Empathy 101: A Refugee-Based Curriculum in the South Bronx

Empathy 101: A Refugee-Based Curriculum in the South Bronx

via Learning Matters TV: At Banana Kelly HS in the South Bronx – one of the poorest Congressional districts in America — ninth grade students embarked on a curriculum centered on the experiences of refugees. In the process, they learned a great deal about their own world as well.

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EWA Interview: Sarah Yatsko on School Turnaround

EWA Interview: Sarah Yatsko on School Turnaround

EWA Executive Director Caroline Hendrie spoke last week with Sarah Yatsko, a research analyst at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education. Yatsko is the author of a forthcoming study that indicates some discouraging results in one state’s SIG-funded turnaround efforts.

Sarah has been kind enough to join EMC temporarily and field any questions you may have. Her responses are on the record.

Attached to this post, you’ll also find a Powerpoint presentation she recently gave, which goes into the study’s findings in more detail.

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Teachers March on Washington

Teachers March on Washington

At the “Save Our Schools” rally, teachers and others critical of standards- and test-based accountability bring their complaints to the Obama administration’…

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Storyboarding with iPads

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

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April 2009 Segment

April 2009 Segment

Grade retention in schools. Dr. Peter DeWitt talks with Elaine Houston, news anchor from WNYT (NBC Affiliate) about retention in schools. www.petermdewitt.com

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The play’s the thing that helps teach with Gary school partnership

The play’s the thing that helps teach with Gary school partnership

Saw something today about embedding arts in the curriculum as a way of both preserving arts in schools but also using them more fully. This is about a project that’s part of an overall IU School of Education partnership.

As a part of an ongoing Indiana University School of Education partnership focusing on literacy skills with the Gary Community School Corporation’s Dr. Berna…

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Professional development for ELL teachers changes teaching and learning for all

Professional development for ELL teachers changes teaching and learning for all

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Education granted the IU School of Education at IUPUI $1.5 million dollars to form a partnership between the School of Education and the Indianapolis Public Schools, funding a project to better prepare new teachers, develop skills of current teachers, and revise college faculty teaching methods for teaching English language learners. Fifty-five elementary, middle, and secondary teachers from three schools took part in addition to the 29 faculty members in teacher education.

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EWA Interview: Andreas Schleicher on Teaching

EWA Interview: Andreas Schleicher on Teaching

Dr. Andreas Schleicher sits down with EWA’s Dale Mezzacappa to discuss how other countries approach tough teaching assignments (0:01), what unionization means outside the United States (2:54), and what other countries can learn from this country (6:20).

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Alex Kotlowitz on “The Interrupters”

Alex Kotlowitz on “The Interrupters”

The author of There Are No Children Here talks with Wall Street Journal education reporter and EWA President Stephanie Banchero about The Interrupters, a documentary he made with director Steve James. The film, which follows a group of anti-violence activists working in inner-city Chicago, airs on the PBS series Frontline Feb. 14, 2012.

For more information: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/interrupters

Recorded at EWA’s 64th National Seminar, held in April 2011 in New Orleans.

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Online Public Schools Gain Popularity, but Quality Questions Persist

Online Public Schools Gain Popularity, but Quality Questions Persist

via Learning Matters: Full-time public cyber schools are now an option in 30 states, allowing some 250,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade to press a button to raise their hand and message their teachers. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports from Pennsylvania where the demand for online charter schools is high.

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Inside the life of a cyber school student

Inside the life of a cyber school student

Via Learning Matters: This piece follows two teenagers in PA – Courtney Dunn and Nate Kusich. Dunn is a student at PA Cyber School, and Kusich is a former student at another cyber school. Their experiences as cyber students were drastically different. This is a companion piece to a look at cyber charters that aired on PBS NewsHour in February of 2012; it was produced by John Tulenko of the Learning Matters group.