Grading the Teachers: Writing about Teacher Evaluation

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November 12, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Grading the Teachers: Writing about Teacher Evaluation
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the McCormick Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
November 12, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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States across the U.S. are quickly adopting new teacher evaluation systems that are radically different than the way teachers were judged in the past. The number of states requiring annual evaluations more than doubled in the past five years to more than 30 states, for example.

In this Webinar you will learn what this trend means for teaching and learning and how to provide your audience with an insider’s view of this complex issue. Learn about the types of questions to consider in your coverage to be fair to teachers and informative for your audience.

What Will I Learn:
  • Reporting approaches to keep your stories lively
  • Strategies for gaining access to data and to classrooms to tell your story
  • Story ideas that go directly to the questions your readers and viewers might have
  • A roadmap to cutting through the jargon and mathematical formulas associated with evaluation
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, producers, editors and others who cover education issues and anyone who wants to cover this complex topic with context.

Course Instructor:

Scott Elliott

Scott Elliott is the editor of Chalkbeat Indiana, a new Web site covering educational change in Indianapolis. He is the president of the national Education Writers Association. In 2012 and 2013, Elliott teamed with Sarah Butrymowicz of the Hechinger Report, a non-profit education news Web site at Columbia University, to produce two series on teacher evaluation in Indiana.

Elliott is the former education reform reporter at the Indianapolis Star and previously covered education for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News.


Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

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