Journalists from across the Great Lakes region and the U.S. gathered in Chicago Oct. 18-19 to learn more about the teaching profession during a time of transition for the field, and to get story ideas and inspiration.
The event explored the recent surge of teacher activism across the country and the growing mismatch between teacher diversity and student diversity. Reporters also explored teacher prep, teacher evaluation, and dived into data on teacher pensions, salaries, and absenteeism.
In addition, some of the journalists visited the UChicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus to learn about teacher residency programs.
Here is a mix of tweets highlighting various elements of the EWA conference.
— Jordyn Brown (@thejordynbrown) October 18, 2018
— Lori Crouch (@lkcrouch) October 18, 2018
— Vic Pasquantonio (@vicpasquantonio) October 18, 2018
Union membership has continued to grow in Arizona since the teacher walkouts, says @marisolgarciaaz of @ArizonaEA. And ‘social justice’ is a high priority of new members, she said. #ewaTEACH18 pic.twitter.com/eaKNWSGN1Q
— Erik Robelen (@ewrobelen) October 18, 2018
— Alia Wong (@aliaemily) October 18, 2018
White teachers need to take responsibility of knowing their students culturally and having experience working with students of color before going into the classroom, says Sharif El-Mekki at EWA conference in Chicago #ewateach18
— GGlenn (@GG_on_the_air) October 18, 2018
— Meghan Mangrum (@memangrum) October 18, 2018
Former pre-K teacher @davidloe urges reporters to avoid being distracted by the “cute factor” in classes of 4-year-olds & make sure to ask about the learning goals behind what might look just like playing #ewaTEACH18 pic.twitter.com/6btPpoaZhM
— Caroline Hendrie (@chendrie) October 18, 2018
— Beth Hawkins (@beth_hawkins) October 19, 2018
Evan Stone with Educators for Excellence says the silver lining of Janus is unions are spending more time engaging members and figuring out what they want from the union. #ewateach18
— Rachel Alexander (@rachelwalexande) October 19, 2018
After building his own database on teacher credentials from public records, education reporter @Ricardo_Cano1 found the use of teachers with only “emergency” teaching credentials was rampant across Arizona #ewaTEACH18 pic.twitter.com/3fNwGVIDjn
— Caroline Hendrie (@chendrie) October 19, 2018
Well, if you look at that — the states that walked out last spring are in red. Arizona teachers made 65 cents on the dollar to other college grad workers — shown by the far left bar on the graph. #EwaTEACH18 @Sly21 pic.twitter.com/wpR6ZEAzsh
— Kristen Doerer (@k2doe) October 19, 2018
— Katie Gillespie (@k_gillespie) October 19, 2018
I learned more at #ewaTEACH18 than I could have hoped for. I met so many stellar education journalists from all over the country and I’m so grateful. Now it’s back to Minnesota to put it all to use. ?? I’ll be back for you, Chicago! pic.twitter.com/ca6xiTXiEC
— Jordyn Brown (@thejordynbrown) October 20, 2018