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Panel recommendations, conference tips, & job announcements for #EWA18

A crib sheet for the national education writers conference By Alexander Russo Maybe you got into Los Angeles late – thanks, East Coast storm! – and it feels like being [...]

By | May 16th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Residency enforcement & race, problems with Parkland coverage, & education writers #thankateacher

The Best of the Week newsletter is “a terrifically informative & fun weekly roundup of the best ed writing nationwide,” according to New York Daily News education reporter Ben Chapman. Sign up here for the [...]

By | May 14th, 2018|The Grade|

The problem with Parkland [Updated]

Easily dismissed conspiracy theories and journalistic deference toward school administrators seem to have resulted in less aggressive coverage of the district's role in the events leading up to the February [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: White privilege video goes viral, making a mess of school deseg research, & young education journalists shine

The Best of the Week newsletter is “a terrifically informative & fun weekly roundup of the best ed writing nationwide,” according to New York Daily News education reporter Ben Chapman. We can’t argue [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|The Grade|

Best and worst of the month (April 2018)

Biggest hits and misses for April 2018. By Alexander Russo Three days into May and April already seems like it ended long ago. But April was a busy, busy month, [...]

By | May 3rd, 2018|The Grade|

Not just any high school story: How a ProPublica immigration reporter profiled a Long Island high school student trying to get out of MS-13

An interview with ProPublica's Hannah Dreier, the reporter behind  ProPublica's "A Betrayal" By Kristen Doerer While a blizzard swirled outside, ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier sat in the audience of a [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Angry white parents, how to fix the EWA awards, & an intense VICE series about a school for kids with trauma

The Best of the Week newsletter is “a terrifically informative & fun weekly roundup of the best ed writing nationwide,” according to New York Daily News education reporter Ben Chapman. We can't argue [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|The Grade|

Hits and misses from the EWA awards finalists (2017)

There’s lots of great education journalism among the 2017 finalists – but lots missing, too, including some of the biggest stories of the year. Is that a problem? Yes. By [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: School shooting protests, teacher walkout coverage, & all sorts of media tidbits

THE BEST OF THE WEEK The best education journalism of the week was Leila Fadel’s NPR segment, Turning rampant anti-Muslim bullying into teachable moments, which describes how a Muslim family near [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|The Grade|

Oklahoma teacher walkout coverage was abundant, though marred by an exaggerated focus on partisan politics

Pros and cons of Oklahoma teacher walkout coverage By Alexander Russo The Oklahoma teacher walkout is over and teacher protests in Colorado and Arizona are just picking up. That makes [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Teacher walkout coverage, Spring favorites, & steady reporting on NAEP 2018 scores

THE BEST OF THE WEEK Though we mentioned it last week, ProPublica’s A Betrayal (above) is this week’s best education story. Focusing on an immigrant high school student who tried to get [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|The Grade|

The Grade’s favorite education bylines, teams, and outlets for Spring 2018

A Spring 2018 celebration of education writers, teams, and outlets. By Alexander Russo One of the great pleasures of producing The Grade is having the chance to find, read, and [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Striking teachers, scrutinizing The Atlantic’s education coverage, & so many media controversies

THE BEST OF THE WEEK Let's give praise to all the journalists who have been busting their asses this week covering the teacher activism in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and elsewhere. Their [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Grade|

What’s next for The Atlantic’s education coverage?

A close look at The Atlantic’s education coverage since the announcement that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs would become a majority owner. By Alexander Russo Earlier this week, reporter Adam [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|The Grade|

🎭 Best & worst education journalism of March 2018

March was.... busy. Some would say hectic. But there was lots of strong education coverage, and a surprising amount of good news on the hiring/jobs front. Let’s take a look [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Republican flip-flop (on edfunding), Chalkbeat doubles down (on storytelling), & lots of other great education reporting

THE BEST OF THE WEEK The best education journalism produced this week is Michael Scherer’s Washington Post article about Republican lawmakers changing course and now supporting higher education spending: Why Republicans [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|The Grade|

Chalkbeat adds a new focus on storytelling to its ongoing expansion

Now five years old and 30+ journalists strong, the network of education news sites has made impressive progress but also faces some ongoing challenges By Alexander Russo On Monday, the nonprofit [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: School discipline divides Minnesota teachers, how Ebonics coverage went wrong, & this weekend’s #MarchForOurLives protest

All the best education news & analysis in one place! This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays. Sign [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|The Grade|

Lessons from the media’s coverage of the 1996 Ebonics controversy

A long-forgotten uproar illustrates some of the chronic failures of media outlets covering polarized, racially-charged situations. But it's not just a historic concern. The controversy could re-emerge any time now, [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Covering #NationalWalkoutDay, much-improved #ESSA coverage, & the shameless Washington Post

BEST OF THE WEEK One of many excellent pieces about the national student walkout on Wednesday, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio Coverage of the National School Walkout was [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|The Grade|

How media coverage of a new federal education law is improving

Insiders say that reporters are figuring out better ways to cover a massive & highly decentralized education law By Alexander Russo Six months ago, insiders, advocates, and educators asked to comment [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Goldstein’s winning NYT teacher strike story, rethinking graphic images in gun violence journalism, & all the best education journalism of the week!

BEST OF THE WEEK Story snippet Goldstein shared on Twitter The NYT’s Dana Goldstein seems to have made a grand return this week with her piece on the West Virginia teachers strike and [...]

By | March 12th, 2018|The Grade|

Why gun violence journalism needs graphic images

The Parkland school shooting may force the media to reconsider its reluctance to share disturbing images of dead or injured Americans. By Alexander Russo There are graphic images of dead [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: #MSDStrong students return, ‘armed teacher’ overkill, & the amazing Carvalho

BEST OF THE WEEK Few education reporters have tackled the intersection between education and housing instability more thoroughly over the past two years than The Oregonian’s Bethany Barnes does in Reading, Writing, [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|The Grade|

Best & worst education journalism for February 2018

The month's best -- and worst -- mainstream news coverage of education. Let's take a breath and look back at a very busy February before we get fully immersed in whatever [...]

By | March 1st, 2018|The Grade|

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