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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|

How the Washington Post missed the DC schools graduation rate scandal so badly, for so long

The Post's troubling tendency towards feel-good coverage and a revolving door of reporters obscured what many describe as an ‘open secret’ in DC public schools. By Alexander Russo Give the Washington [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: School shooting aftermath, misdeeds in Chicago & Houston, media complicity in gun violence coverage, & tons of great education journalism

BEST OF THE WEEK Image from a recent story from WLRN public radio about the return to classes at MSD high school today: Trauma And Grief Loom Large As [...]

By | February 26th, 2018|The Grade|

11 essential books for education reporters in 2018

Top books that top education reporters say will make you a better journalist. By Kristen Doerer What's the one book that every education reporter should read in 2018? The Grade [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: A school shooting in Florida, covering the Alabama decision, counting school violence, & more great education journalism

This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST OF THE WEEK Some of [...]

By | February 19th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: #MeToo comes to education reform, DeVos plays favorites, fixing journalism’s ‘fellowship’ model, & more

This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays via email. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST OF THE WEEK [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|The Grade|

Fixing the fellowship model

Journalism fellowships for early-career reporters have flourished in recent years. But are they doing any good for young journalists – or for journalism? By Kristen Doerer Helen and I sat [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|The Grade|

Best and worst education journalism of the month: January 2018

By Alexander Russo All things considered, January wasn’t so bad when it comes to education journalism. Or at least that’s how it looks now that the long month is finally [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Addicted teachers, misleading school shooting coverage, & all the best education journalism of the week

This is the web version of the weekly email newsletter from The Grade, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first! BEST OF THE WEEK What makes education [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|The Grade|

Misleading coverage of school shootings in 2018

Cable news was stingy with its initial coverage of last week’s tragedy in Kentucky, but other outlets published stories suggesting school shootings are common and increasingly frequent. (They’re not.) What’s [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: School shootings, ineffective fellowships, & all the best education journalism of the week

BEST OF THE WEEK This is the web version of the weekly email newsletter from The Grade, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first. Kudos [...]

By | January 29th, 2018|The Grade|

The case against the Spencer fellowship

While successful, the prestigious Columbia University fellowship is too small and exclusive for what education journalism needs in 2018. By Alexander Russo Right about now, at least a few of [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Shutdown fever, unsolicited story ideas, a rocky year for Betsy DeVos coverage, & all the best education journalism of the week

    BEST OF THE WEEK The piece that grabbed my eye this week was probably Beth Slovic’s story about a troubled Portland teacher and the long delays in getting him [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|The Grade|

A year full of terrible, horrible, no good, VERY bad media coverage of Betsy DeVos

Last year, the national media basically lost its shit over Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos. Twelve months later, it’s not nearly clear as it should be that the coverage is [...]

By | January 19th, 2018|The Grade|

Nine totally unsolicited story ideas for 2018

What stories most need your attention -- and how to cover them -- in 2018. By Alexander Russo Education news focused on controversial politics and policy during 2017, for all [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Problematic school attendance zones, USDE on Texas SPED program, & diminished education coverage in the SF Bay Area

Follow @thegrade_ to learn more about media coverage of education issues. Sign up for the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cFwNOb . BEST OF THE WEEK This is the web archive version of The Grade's weekly email [...]

By | January 16th, 2018|The Grade|

2 education reporters … for a metro region of nearly 8 million people

California’s Bay Area shows what it looks like when a region’s education reporting gets whittled down to nearly nothing. By Joanne Jacobs “Black students in San Francisco would be better [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Best stories of 2018’s first week, edtech coverage challenges, & top-read columns of 2017

This is the web archive version of the weekly newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays via email. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST OF THE WEEK It’s [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|The Grade|

Top 10 stories of 2017 from The Grade

The top 10 education journalism stories of 2017  from The Grade were determined by website traffic. Readers, these were your favorites. 10: A new journalism fellowship program modeled in part on Teach [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|The Grade|

Best & worst for December 2017

By Alexander Russo This month's best include a New York Times story about district effectiveness and coverage of the Newtown school shooting anniversary. This month's worst include NPR's refusal to [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|The Grade|

Edtech coverage, the hype cycle, and media complicity

Another insider’s concerns about the media hype cycle – and some great edtech story leads for 2018. By Alexander Russo Policymakers, administrators, and educators have been experimenting with technology for [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|The Grade|

ICYMI: Tax law implications, disaster coverage, #Bestof2017 standouts: Best education journalism of the week (December 16-22, 2017)

Follow @thegrade_ to learn more about media coverage of education issues. Sign up for the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cFwNOb . BEST OF THE WEEK TAX BILL IMPLICATIONS: Maybe I'm the only one, but it wasn’t until this [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|The Grade|

Best education journalism of 2017

The Grade’s annual roundup of the best stuff we’ve seen all year – plus some suggestions from other folks we trust and admire By Alexander Russo and Kristen Doerer What [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|The Grade|

ICYMI: Remembering Newtown, net neutrality & schools, ‘unicorn’ coverage, & how liberal whites avoid integrated schools

This is the web archive version of the weekly email newsletter, Best of the Week, which comes out on Fridays. Sign up here to get it first.  BEST OF THE WEEK This [...]

By | December 18th, 2017|The Grade|

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