Past Events Aug. 2 | Aug. 4, 2023


Birmingham, Alabama

Attend EWA’s Sessions at NABJ23

Are you registered to attend the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2023 Convention & Career Fair

The Education Writers Association is offering two sessions at NABJ23 in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4

Hear from an education professor whose research addresses issues tied to race, culture, access and educational opportunity for students of color. Walk away with several story ideas after hearing from two experienced education editors. 

Registered attendees can bookmark EWA’s sessions within the NABJ23 mobile app right now. Others can register onsite to attend EWA’s sessions at the convention, Aug. 2-6.   

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EWA Sessions at NABJ23

Wednesday, August 2 | South H&I – Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Central
How Are Current Legislation Efforts Threatening Young, Gifted and Black Students?

You can’t teach ‘slavery is wrong’ in some schools. A book about Ruby Bridges is banned from a second-grade classroom. Offering guidance on anti-racism is called divisive. What impact will these efforts have on instruction for Black students? Current efforts made by conservative and GOP lawmakers to ban books and demonize efforts to teach about the Black experience or provide anti-racist framing to other students could have lasting impact. How do they threaten to widen achievement gaps between Black students and their peers?

  • Tyrone Howard, education professor, UCLA School of Education & Information Studies
Friday, August 4 | South D - Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Central
10 Education Stories You Should Be Covering Right Now

Culture-war clashes, pandemic academic recovery, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on race-conscious admissions are just some of the pressing issues facing students. Where to start? How do I get my readers or viewers to care? The Education Writers Association brings a lightning-round session to help you understand what education issues in your community need to be examined and where to turn to for data, research, and sources.

  • Ruth Serven Smith, education editor, The Alabama Education Lab at
  • Eric Stirgus, education editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution