Upcoming Events May 29-June 1, 2024

77th EWA National Seminar

Las Vegas, Nevada

2024 EWA National Seminar in Las Vegas: Right Location, Right Time

The 77th EWA National Seminar comes after monumental U.S. Supreme Court decisions on race-conscious college admissions and student debt; growing parents’ rights movements; intensifying Gen-Z voting power and increasingly fraught battles over curricula and books. 

Many believe education issues could decide the 2024 election. The Education Writers Association plans to use this pivotal moment in time to better prepare its members for what’s to come.

As more than 40 states introduce bills or pass laws limiting how teachers address racism or sexism, amid growing public concern about attacks on racial and gender progress, EWA will gather stakeholders in a prime location. The National Seminar will take place May 29-June 1, 2024 in Las Vegas – a city in a swing state and a convention destination known for unique experiences.

Leading policymakers, experts and other speakers will share their perspectives with journalist, community, and student members on the most pressing education issues as the election year heats up. Attend sessions, build community and dine at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, located on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. 

Scholarships will be awarded to qualified journalists and students. All members will get vital training and opportunities like no other in a top sports and entertainment hub. Save the date for the 2024 event!

Photo credit: SeanPavonePhoto

Early Bird $550/person
Regular $650/person
Late $800/person

More Information

Applications received will be reviewed.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Rachel Wolin can answer your questions.

Supporters

Our Funders

The Education Writers Association is grateful for the generous support it receives from foundations.

Our Sponsors

We're also grateful to our sponsors for their participation in this year's National Seminar.  

Tentative Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday, May 29
4:30 p.m.
EWA Members of Color Networking
4:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Networking
5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Registration

Visit the registration desk.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Day 2 - Thursday, May 30
9 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
Plenary | Welcome and Pillars of Democracy? Public Education and Civic Engagement at the Crossroads
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent | No (Digital) Silver Bullets: Rethinking Expectations for Ed Tech
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent | DEI Pushback on Campus
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent | How to Cover Lawsuits
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent | Student Mental Health Crisis
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Community Member Track
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Plenary
1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Open
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | 70 Years After Brown: The Persistence of School Segregation
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | Whither the Early Childhood Education Beat?
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | Supporting Undocumented Students to and Through College
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | Back of the Ballot but Center Stage: Spotlight on School Board Elections.
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Community Member Track
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | A Fair Report: Calling Out Misinformation and Avoiding 'Both Sides'
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | Postsecondary Pathways: Choose Your Own Adventure!
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | The Language of Disabilities
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | Using Data to Inform Coverage of Curriculum
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | How to Overcome Typical Challenges on the Ed Beat
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Caucuses
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Book Talks
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
Day 3 - Friday, May 31
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Concurrent | The State of Race on Campus: A Year After the Ban on Race-Conscious Admissions
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Concurrent | School Leadership Challenges in a Divisive Time
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Concurrent | After X: Social Media for Education Journalists in the Post-Twitter World
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Concurrent | Key Issues Around Migrant Education
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Concurrent | The Missing Voices of Student Journalists
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent | How I Did the Story: Homeschooling and Beyond
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent | 101: What Is Student Data Privacy, and How Can Reporters Cover It?
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent | State of Play for Student Loans
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent | Black Girls Matter, Too
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent | Dos and Don’ts of Covering Trans Issues in Education
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent | How to Become an Editor
11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Break
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch | Big 3 Awards + Keynote Speaker
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | Select Shortages to Looming Layoffs: Reporting on the Teacher Workforce
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | A Look at Out-of-School Time and Academic Recovery
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | Student Data Privacy 2: The Booming Business of EdTech - How Reporters Can Follow the Money
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent | How I Did the Story With Student Journalist Awards Finalists
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | The Impact of Surveillance Tech in Schools
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | Value of Higher Education
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | ‘I’m Not Good at Math.’
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent | How to Navigate These Turbulent Times as a Journalist
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Caucuses
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Book Talks
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dessert Reception
Day 4 - Saturday, June 1
8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Membership Meeting
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent | School Finance Deep Dive: How Politics Affects School Funding
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent | Higher Ed Deep Dive: Who Is Disappearing From College, and Why?
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent | Covering Education With an Investigative Lens
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

What are EWA’s COVID-19 safety policies?

For more information, please refer to our COVID-19 Safety Policies.

Schedule

Where will the National Seminar be held?

All sessions will be held at The Mirage Las Vegas, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109. Phone Number: +1 (702)-791-7111. 

When does the National Seminar start and end?

Registration will open on May 29, 2024 at 6 p.m. Pacific. Tentatively, regular sessions will run from May 30 to June 1, 2024. Sessions are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. Pacific on May 30, 2024 to 2 p.m. Pacific on June 1, 2024.

What meals are provided during the National Seminar?

Scheduled meals during the seminar will be provided at The Mirage Las Vegas. EWA does not reimburse for additional meals.

I have a disability or dietary restriction. Who do I inform?

Contact EWA with any concerns or questions. For dietary concerns, remember to provide this information during the registration process.

Will there be site visits during the National Seminar?

We hope so! Visits are still in development; check the National Seminar page for new details.

Can I park my car at The Mirage Las Vegas?

Parking on site is limited and EWA cannot guarantee parking. For more information, contact us.

Scholarship

How can I apply for a scholarship?

You have to be a qualified journalist to be eligible for a scholarship. See here for the scholarship application process.

I’m a journalist who received a scholarship. What’s the reimbursement process?

For details on the process, see the Journalist Scholarship Steps.

What does my travel scholarship cover?

Scholarships can cover or reimburse your seminar registration fee, travel to Las Vegas (e.g., airfare, train fare, or mileage), and hotel stay. For additional information, see Scholarship Terms & Conditions.

I can no longer attend the National Seminar. What do I do?

If you are no longer able to attend, let us know immediately. Scholarships are non-transferable. If you received a scholarship and cannot attend, we may be able to grant the funds to another journalist. Refunds are available until April 15, 2024. There are no refunds after this date. 

If for any reason you are no longer able to attend the conference, you will have up to 72 hours before the start date of the conference (5/29/2024) to email EWA to cancel your attendance. Failure to cancel your attendance at least 72 hours before the start of the conference will preclude you from qualifying for any EWA scholarships for the next one year (starting from the start date of this seminar), and include scholarships for the 2025 National Seminar.

Hotel

Where is the conference hotel?

The Mirage Las Vegas
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone Number: +1 (702)-791-7111

Where do I reserve my hotel room?

If you are NOT a journalist member who has applied for or been approved for a scholarship that includes hotel coverage, a hotel reservation link will be provided on this page. Once this link is posted, we encourage you to book your hotel stay as soon as possible.

If you are a journalist member who has applied for or been approved for a scholarship that includes hotel coverage, please keep an eye on your email inbox for an update on your application and hotel booking instructions.

I went to make my hotel reservation, and the hotel asked me for a credit card. Is my card going to get charged today?

A credit card will be required at the time of booking. At the time the attendee makes the reservation, the attendee’s credit card will be charged the first night’s room/suite rate and tax.

Refunds will be issued on the individual attendee’s reservations only if canceled at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the confirmed arrival date. All guaranteed reservations will only be held until 6:00 a.m. on the day after the attendee’s confirmed arrival date. 

You may review the hotel’s cancellation policy while placing and before confirming a reservation.

How do I get to The Mirage Las Vegas from the airport?

We recommend exploring Uber, Lyft, or an airport shuttle service as EWA will not provide dedicated transportation. Mass transportation options are also available.

Registration

I applied for and received a scholarship. Does this mean I’m registered?

Not yet! You still need to officially register. Follow the instructions provided in your scholarship award letter.

Is my registration transferable?

Registrations are non-transferable. Refunds are available until April 15, 2024.  

Someone wants to attend a single session with me. Is that okay?

Due to space limitations, we can not allow drop-in attendees to any sessions. Anyone that wishes to attend sessions must register.

Can I register for only one day of the seminar?

Single-day registrations are not available.

Can I register and pay on-site?

No. All attendees must register and pay prior to the seminar’s start.

I registered, booked my flight, and reserved my hotel room. What else?

You’re all set! If you have any questions, let us know. Keep an eye on your email for exciting updates!

When will the schedule of events be available?

Soon! Keep checking our National Seminar page for the latest updates and news.

Can I get a list of National Seminar attendees?

EWA does not distribute membership or event attendance lists per our privacy policy. There will be opportunities for networking, and we encourage you to follow the National Seminar hashtag, #ewa24.

Sponsorship

How can my organization become a sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser?

Our development director Rachel Wolin can help.

Awards

Where can I get more info on this year’s EWA National Awards for Education Reporting?

Check out our 2023 Awards page for more information. The Awards Winners page will be updated with the finalists in spring 2024 and the winners will be announced during the 2024 National Seminar.

Membership

How can I find out my membership status?

Just ask us.

Hotel & Travel

The Mirage Las Vegas
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
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