Overview

Teaching: A Profession in Transition
Chicago • October 18-19, 2018

From state capitols to the U.S. Supreme Court, teachers are making headlines. Perennial issues like teacher preparation, compensation, and evaluation continue to be debated while a new wave of teacher activism and growing attention to workforce diversity are providing fresh angles for compelling coverage.

To help reporters make sense of it all, EWA will bring together journalists, educators, and experts for a seminar on October 18-19 in Chicago, hosted by the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago.

During the two-day event, we’ll tackle a host of issues. Were the widespread teacher walkouts last spring a one-off episode or a sign of things to come? What’s next for teachers’ unions in light of a recent Supreme Court decision widely expected to deal them a financial blow? We will spotlight promising approaches to rethink teacher prep, including “teacher residencies,” and to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the teaching profession.

Experts will also help reporters make sense of teacher salary data, explore the latest trends in teacher evaluation, and discuss the role of school principals in recruiting and keeping effective teachers. Plus, seasoned reporters will share tips for making the most of classroom visits, developing sources within schools, and mining education data to tell powerful stories about the teaching profession.

In addition, the event will begin with an optional school visit to see, in action, a highly regarded University of Chicago teacher preparation program that places a premium on providing aspiring teachers extensive, and carefully guided, classroom experience.

This event is open to EWA journalist members only. More information and an agenda for the event will be available soon.

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