October 20-21, 2014

The Push to Upgrade the Teaching Profession

What Reporters Need To Know

The event was held Oct. 20–21, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan.

This intensive, journalists-only seminar will focus on a range of hard-fought changes under way that together are rewriting the rules of the U.S. teaching profession. What are the roots of today’s controversies over teacher training, tenure, evaluation and pay? In a pivotal year in the push for new standards and tests, are teachers still on board?  What does the nation’s new majority-minority student population mean for classroom teachers? How are teacher colleges responding to new accountability pressures?

Participants in this two-day reporting workshop — co-hosted by the Michigan State University College of Education — will explore these questions and more with leading educators and journalists, including the authors of recent high-profile books on teaching. And reporters will take home blueprints for compelling stories that will bring to life the complex teacher-related trends playing out in their own communities.

Questions regarding the event? Feel free to contact Rachel Wolin at rwolin@ewa.org.