Annenberg Institute Executive Director Warren Simmons and AISR Research & Policy Principal Associate Michelle Renée served as panelists at the prestigious Education Writers Association's 67th annual National Seminar at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on May 18-20, 2014. This year's theme is "From Ideas to Action: Making it Happen in Newsrooms & Schools."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan keynoted the seminar's final day.
The Education Writers Association (EWA) is the nation's premier professional organization for over 3,000 members of the news media who cover education at all levels, as well as education communication professionals.
Simmons' panel, "Building a Movement from the Ground Up," focused on how community organizing and activism can make a difference in public education. Simmons is a national expert in public school reform, and in particular, how urban districts and communities can improve the conditions and outcomes for traditionally underserved students. Co-panelists included Bob Brown of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Linda Shaw of the Seattle Times who moderated the panel.
Visit Building a Movement from the Ground Up via Storify for a collection of live tweet posts, an introduction and prompts from Linda Shaw, photos, and resources.
Renée's panel, "Keeping the Lights on to Keep Kids Learning," will focus on high-quality extended learning and features Heather Weiss from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jim Williamson, senior director of the Nashville After Zone Alliance. Carole Feldman of the Associated Press will moderate the panel.
Renée is the co-principal investigator of AISR’s Time for Equity project, funded by the Ford Foundation, which works with a team of staff and external partners to develop new methods to bring a deeper understanding of how expanded learning time is changing the lives of students, the quality and rigor of schools, and the strength of district and community supports for schools.