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No time to attend an in-person seminar? Get your training on-demand with EWA's free online series. All of our past events are archived here, with new live events scheduled throughout the year. 

No time to attend an in-person seminar? Get your training on-demand with EWA’s free online series. All of our past events are archived here, with new live events scheduled throughout the year. 

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Why Reporters Should Cover Middle School
Learning about the middle school years will help journalists better cover youth learning and brain development.

Why Reporters Should Cover Middle School

Although middle school is often treated as just a way station between elementary and high school, there’s much more to the story. In fact, the middle school years are a time of profound change for young people – physically, emotionally, and intellectually. These years are a crucial time for learning and brain development, a reality that is often overlooked or misconstrued. 

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Whose ‘Discomfort?’ Covering Efforts to Limit Teaching About Racism

Whose ‘Discomfort?’ Covering Efforts to Limit Teaching About Racism

Who gets to decide what teachers can say about our nation’s problematic history of racism? Covering this increasingly polarizing debate is a growing challenge for education reporters, as efforts to be fair and historically accurate now often draw accusations of bias or censorship. 

To help journalists better navigate this challenge, the Education Writers Association gathered several veteran reporters with extensive experience covering the debates over critical race theory and the teaching of history. They shared their reporting tips and advice during a webinar.

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‘Accelerated Learning’: A Reporter’s Guide to a Key Strategy for COVID-19 Education Recovery

‘Accelerated Learning’: A Reporter’s Guide to a Key Strategy for COVID-19 Education Recovery

As schools nationwide grapple with how to recover from pandemic-driven learning disruptions, “accelerated learning” is increasingly invoked as an effective way to address troubling academic gaps for students. 

The concept is promoted in U.S. Department of Education press releases and guidance, cited in many states’ education recovery plans, and talked up by superintendents, school leaders, and more. 

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Sponsor Webinar: Data Tool Explores If Colleges Boost Alumni Paychecks

Sponsor Webinar: Data Tool Explores If Colleges Boost Alumni Paychecks

What makes a college “good”?

Providing stellar educations and career opportunities to a select few? Or creating lots of opportunities for all kinds of people, and helping disadvantaged students get into careers that can sustain families?

Reporters who want answers can use a new free data tool that helps identify whether colleges are opening the doors of socioeconomic mobility and promoting equity in education.

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How COVID-19, Climate Change and Other Crises Are Changing Science Instruction

How COVID-19, Climate Change and Other Crises Are Changing Science Instruction

Oftentimes, science is seen as taking a back seat in K-12 education, especially at the elementary level. Learn how current events are reinvigorating the teaching of science and how educators are leveraging phenomena, such as climate change and COVID-19, to answer pressing questions that students have. Along the way, these efforts are seeking to engage young people in deeper learning in the discipline.

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Learning in Quarantine: What Reporters Need to Know

Learning in Quarantine: What Reporters Need to Know

School leaders are scrambling, yet again, during the third academic year since the pandemic began disrupting education in spring 2020. Under pressure to keep schools open and close learning gaps, they must still provide instruction to students quarantined at home due to COVID-19 exposure.  

How is it going so far? What are the biggest challenges, and how are they being addressed? To get answers to these and other questions, watch the Education Writers Association’s webinar. 

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How Will Educators Use Data on COVID-19 Learning Disruption?
Experts say recent findings can inform instructional strategies.

How Will Educators Use Data on COVID-19 Learning Disruption?

New data continues to show impeded academic learning during the coronavirus pandemic. A critical question is: What, exactly, should be done to address the problem? Efforts are growing to better connect education data with instructional strategies during the education recovery.

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Online Learning Will Continue This Fall. What Do Reporters Need to Know?

Online Learning Will Continue This Fall. What Do Reporters Need to Know?

Although school districts nationwide are expected to offer full-time, in-person instruction during the 2021-22 academic year, millions of students are poised to stick with online learning, with the number of virtual options growing. This raises a host of important questions for families, communities, and educators.

Watch the Education Writers Association’s timely webinar on remote learning. Experts identified critical questions education reporters should be asking in their local communities and provided some early answers.

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Brain Waves: Covering How the Science of Learning Translates to the Classroom

 Brain Waves: Covering How the Science of Learning Translates to the Classroom

Cognitive science has vastly expanded the body of knowledge on how people learn in the last 25 years. Yet, little of that knowledge has trickled down to the classroom. 

A small, but growing, number of schools and districts are working to change that. More educators are looking at the science of learning after concerns expressed about learning disruptions and recovering from the pandemic. To learn more, watch the webinar recording below.

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How to Take a Solutions Journalism Approach to Reporting

How to Take a Solutions Journalism Approach to Reporting

The ongoing pandemic has cast a gloomy shadow over education news. Even the most celebratory, feel-good stories have been clouded with loss. News stories have tended to focus on education system failures, such as missing students, growing equity gaps and budget cuts. 

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Critical Race Theory 101: Essential Context for Education Reporters

Critical Race Theory 101: Essential Context for Education Reporters

Legislation banning the teaching of “critical race theory” in schools and colleges is being advanced in statehouses all over the country. Lawmakers sponsoring these policies claim that such teaching is divisive, racist, and psychologically distressing. Opponents say that this is a manufactured misinformation campaign intended to chill teacher speech and limit educators’ ability to teach about race and racism.

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How Arts Education Can Help Students — and Schools — Recover

How Arts Education Can Help Students — and Schools — Recover

As schools gear up for education recovery over the next year, robust arts programs – in music, visual arts, theater and more – can be a powerful lever to help address key pandemic-driven challenges. That’s the case some arts education advocates are making. 

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Will the Pandemic Propel ‘Competency-Based’ Education Into the Mainstream?
Instructional model replaces 'seat-time' requirements with focus on mastery of content, skills

Will the Pandemic Propel ‘Competency-Based’ Education Into the Mainstream?

The pandemic forced schools to switch from in-person to remote learning nearly overnight, raising questions about the relevance of “seat time” as a standard measure for earning course credit. Now, as schools move into education recovery mode, an alternative model known as competency-based learning is getting a fresh look and is expected to see more widespread adoption.

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What Reporters Need to Know as Schools Plan to Spend Big With New Stimulus Aid

What Reporters Need to Know as Schools Plan to Spend Big With New Stimulus Aid

School districts nationwide are racing to meet an August deadline to map out how they will spend their portion of $130 billion in recovery dollars under the American Rescue Plan, signed in March by President Joe Biden. This massive influx of federal aid comes on top of two earlier rounds of emergency support from Washington.

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How Can We Widen the Pathway to the Middle Class?
Webinar offers background on "middle skills" research and training programs.

How Can We Widen the Pathway to the Middle Class?

One of the most important goals of America’s education system is to launch citizens into “middle class” jobs that pay enough to provide economic security. But the number of those jobs have been shrinking, and the skills needed to land the remaining middle class jobs are changing faster than many traditional educational or training programs have been able to match.

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Reporter Roundtable: Following the Education Stimulus Funds in 2021

Reporter Roundtable: Following the Education Stimulus Funds in 2021

The nearly $2 trillion stimulus package President Joe Biden signed into law last week contains an historic infusion of federal aid for schools, colleges and universities. Education journalists will play an important role in shedding light on the uses and impacts of that funding – over $125 billion for K-12 and nearly $40 billion for higher education.

Where exactly will the money from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 go? How will it be used? Will the funds “rescue” the schools and students with the highest needs?