Follow the Money: Workshop for 6 Great Lakes States on Covering COVID-19 Relief for Schools

All recorded sessions from the April 13, 2023 workshop for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin reporters.

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For the Region–What to Know, How to Anticipate the Future

The federal government has allocated billions of dollars to schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where have these monies been allocated; what resources have been bolstered, and what are some questions for the future and ways to measure “success”? Join EWA for a moderated conversation between a journalist covering the topic and a data firm leader who can provide journalists with the information they need to serve the public.

  • Dennis Roche, co-founder, Burbio
  • Mila Koumpilova, senior reporter, Chalkbeat Chicago (moderator)

What Do Families Know? ESSER Funding and Public Input

Large sums of money have been allocated to states and their school districts to assist with pandemic academic recovery efforts. How have school districts incorporated families into this process? What is most important about this communication? How are community needs assessed and addressed? Join EWA for a moderated discussion with parents and community representatives who have navigated these relationships, and learn where they turn for information.

  • Lesa Paddack, assistant director, In*Source
  • Khulia Pringle, Minnesota manager of organizing and outreach, National Parents Union
  • Jianan Shi, executive director, Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education
  • Jim Vue, school board chair, St Paul Public Schools (MN)
  • Lily Altavena, educational equity reporter, Detroit Free Press (moderator)

Capturing Compelling Stories on COVID-Relief Spending

Experienced journalists share insights and key takeaways from their reporting on federal-relief spending by states and districts, along with practical tips for digging into the data to find stories. With guidance from the Education Writers Association’s Kavitha Cardoza, the presenters help you brainstorm concrete plans for smart coverage in your community and troubleshoot reporting challenges along the way.

  • Lori Higgins, bureau chief, Chalkbeat Detroit
  • Kavitha Cardoza, public editor, Education Writers Association (moderator)