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Education Writers Association, 2017
Just because a classroom is noisy or the teacher isn't always lecturing doesn't mean the kids aren't learning. Quite the opposite. The idea is to push students to think differently, to apply what they know, and to create new ideas, instead of just receiving information. That's difficult to see, but easy to elicit with a few key questions. This…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Independent Study
Education Writers Association, 2016
Education journalists have the critically important task of informing the public about education at the local, state, and national levels. Little is known however about this sector of the news media. What does this workforce look like? Do education journalists believe their work matters? Are they satisfied in their jobs? What challenges does the…
Descriptors: Journalism, Education, National Surveys, Individual Characteristics
Viadero, Debra – Education Writers Association, 2015
Most education reporters from time to time will tread into the world of education research, whether to gauge charter school achievement, the impact of teacher quality, or the effects of a reading program, among myriad possibilities. But making sense of the research, with its often-impenetrable prose, dizzying figures, and mathematical formulas,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research Reports, Information Sources, Effect Size
Herold, Benjamin – Education Writers Association, 2015
Student data privacy is an increasingly high-profile--and controversial--issue that touches schools and families across the country. There are stories to tell in virtually every community. About three dozen states have passed legislation addressing student data privacy in the past two years, and eight different proposals were floating around…
Descriptors: Privacy, Information Security, Journalism, State Legislation
Wieder, Ben – Education Writers Association, 2014
The education laws and policy decisions made in the state capitol might seem far removed from the realities of the schools, but their impact hits much closer to home than one might realize. Keeping track of those state debates as they occur is a good way to keep teachers, administrators, and local parents in-the-loop about changes that might be…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, State Legislation
Wieder, Ben – Education Writers Association, 2014
Campaign finance might seem like the exclusive province of political reporters, but there are many good reasons why authors should be paying attention--both in races for education positions and in other key races at the local, state, and federal levels with implications for education. Basic math is a necessary skill and familiarity with a…
Descriptors: Political Campaigns, Elections, Educational Finance, News Reporting
Wieder, Ben – Education Writers Association, 2014
Every four years, public opinion polls become a national obsession in the months leading up to the presidential election, with new results breathlessly reported nearly every day. But polling is not exclusively the province of political reporters. A handful of national surveys released each year focus on education, including the Phi Delta…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Journalism, National Surveys, State Surveys
Carr, Sarah – Education Writers Association, 2013
Many education reporters are drawn to the beat because of its complexity and rich variety. Few topics provide such a wealth of political, business, human interest, breaking news, feature, and investigative stories. A reporter's day can start in a classroom with 4-year-olds struggling to learn to read, and end at a school board meeting with…
Descriptors: Ethics, Standards, Journalism, Guides
Carr, Sarah – Education Writers Association, 2013
Spending time in schools and classrooms can be one of the best ways for novice reporters to dive into the education beat, and for veteran journalists to find fresh inspiration. While it is certainly not necessary for every story, education journalists should try their best to make time to visit schools. Classroom observations and campus tours help…
Descriptors: Journalism, Observation, Schools, Campuses
McNeil, Michele – Education Writers Association, 2013
Every school budget tells a story--about a district's spending plan, its priorities, goals, and financial health. The challenge is to wade through the jargon and numbers to unlock that story. Although budgets can vary significantly from district to district, and state to state, this primer seeks to introduce reporters to the fundamental components…
Descriptors: Budgets, School Districts, Journalism, Income
Hammond, Betsy – Education Writers Association, 2013
Obtaining public records is essential to covering public education. Fortunately, the law is on the side of reporters: Public agencies generally must disclose their records to the public and to the media--with important exceptions. Public agencies are often reluctant to hand over records, however, even when the law clearly says they should.…
Descriptors: Records (Forms), Public Education, Journalism, Public Agencies
Carr, Sarah – Education Writers Association, 2012
Interviewing children is a critical element of the education reporter's daily work. However, practices for gaining access and avoiding harm and embarrassment vary widely depending on the news organization and individual reporter in question. This document aims to provide journalists with broad guidelines, but it stops short of advocating for the…
Descriptors: Interviews, Children, Research Methodology, Policy
Elliott, Scott – Education Writers Association, 2005
More and more, private for-profit and non-profit organizations are involved in schools. No longer limited to support services like transportation and food services, companies are providing tutoring, directing classroom instruction and managing public and charter schools. School reform has raised the stakes for schools and students, asking for…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Privatization, Parent School Relationship
Education Writers Association, 2003
Just what should the public expect from the leadership at the school district level? Why does it seem to be eternally controversial in many places, especially in urban districts? What difference could achieving "the right fit" between superintendents and school boards make in the learning of children? Currently, most of the attention on reforming…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Superintendents, School Districts, Urban Areas
Graves, Bill – Education Writers Association, 2002
Experienced school reporters know plenty about standards. The struggle to set standards that define what students should know and be able to do at various stages of their education has been at the heart of school reform since the late 1980s. So if journalists are going to understand the value of standards, it will be those covering schools. It is…
Descriptors: Interviews, Ethics, Standards, Journalism