Learning in the pandemic has its challenges, but for a lot of students the problem is more fundamental: They are missing out on school altogether this fall, or showing up sporadically.
Schools that have opted for virtual learning are struggling to get every student connected online and consistently in class. Recent news coverage in Chicago, Detroit, and elsewhere has highlighted thousands of students missing from online classes, though intensive outreach has helped reduce the problem.
The stories education journalists tell can make a powerful impact in communities: deepening public understanding of critical issues, highlighting inequities, and holding public officials accountable. But sometimes their stories — and even their choice of words and phrases — may have unintended and potentially harmful effects on public attitudes toward young people. Those depictions can amplify stereotypes or distort impressions of youths.
Smart use of data is a key ingredient to powerful education reporting on issues from achievement gaps and the digital divide to funding inequities and college completion rates. Ready to take your data skills and savvy to a new level? EWA is here to help.
Apply now for the next Diving Into Data Workshop. Participants will receive intensive, hands-on training from our data coaches—veteran journalists skilled at analyzing and reporting with education data. The coaches will meet you where you are skills-wise, and help you navigate data for a particular project while also building your overall data skills.
This year, we’re going virtual. The training will be delivered in four half-day sessions on October 12-13 and October 19-20. And it’s free to EWA member journalists. (If you’re not a member, apply today.) Deadline is Sept. 24.
Space is limited for this competitive program. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their editor. Also, we highly recommend that participants plan to use two screens for the workshop. Letters of recommendation should be sent to data (at) ewa.org
So, what are you waiting for?