Past Events

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Past Events & Seminars

Resources, recaps, and coverage generated from EWA's seminars.

Resources, recaps, and coverage generated from EWA’s seminars.


The Promise and Pitfalls of Improving the Teaching Profession

The discussion at our daylong conference went beyond the commonly discussed topics of teacher pay and evaluation to ask: Is it feasible to make entry into the profession more competitive? Why is there often a large gap between what aspiring teachers learn in school and the skills they need in the classroom? And why do so few teachers feel they are getting the help they need to improve?

EWA wishes to thank the Carnegie Corporation of New York for its support of this project.



2010 National Seminar Recap

2010 National Seminar Recap

EWA held its 63rd annual conference May 13-15 in San Francisco, Calif. The conference theme, “Examining the Evidence,” explored research supporting the U.S. Department of Education’s K-12 and higher education reform efforts.

Oscar-winning director and producer Davis Guggenheim addressed the 230 conference attendees about his documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” which looks at education for the poorest of the poor students in the US.


Recap: 2009 Reality Check – Where is Education Heading?
See what happened at EWA's 2009 national seminar in Washington, DC.

Some of the best minds in education gave a reality check at the 62nd annual conference of the National Education Writers Association April 30-May 2 in Washington, DC.

Nearly 230 top education journalists and others gathered to hear from an all-star lineup about where education is heading.

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne talked about the future of the news industry and education coverage and New York Times Magazine editor and author Paul Tough gave reporters insight into a blossoming education reform in Harlem.


Miles to Go: College Completion under the Obama Plan

President Barack Obama has issued an ambitious goal: for the United States to once again lead the world in college attainment, by 2020. Though some programs show promise, college graduation is still out of reach for many Americans, for academic, financial and institutional reasons.


Small Schools and High School Reform: Shrinking Size, Diminishing Returns?

School districts frequently look to the small schools model– splitting up large high schools or creating with only a few hundred students– when searching for ways to bolster student achievement and enhance the relationship between students and teachers. If students feel more connected to teachers and other adults at school, the thinking goes, then they will attend classes regularly, show more interest in coursework and do whatever it takes to graduate. Small learning communities have been found to improve school climate and student attitudes.


Tips From Math Lessons: a Webinar on Observing a Classroom

Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education, has been running an experimental summer program where she teaches math to rising fifth graders while observers –both teachers and researchers — watch. The students are from local school districts, are generally from lower-income families, and are struggling with math.

EWA collaborated with the Elementary Math Laboratory staff and Ball to offer a webinar to reporters on Aug. 19, 2008 to discuss the lessons and what reporters can learn about the way math is taught.