PHILADELPHIA â€” The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania is partnering with the American Educational Research Association to host the Education Writers Associationâ€™s 2012 national seminar May 17-19 on the Penn campus.
The conference attracts nearly 250 journalists, communication professionals, scholars and newsmakers each year.
â€śThis innovative partnership reflects a commitment by the participants to foster stronger links between the education, journalism and research communities in the interest of expanding the quantity and quality of education coverage nationwide,â€ť Andy Porter, the dean of Penn GSE, said. â€śReporters, researchers and scholars all have unique perspectives on what makes educational improvement so challenging. Working together on a seminar like this lets us address the most consequential topics in a way that improves reporting and research.â€ť
â€śAs we work to help EWA members make a mark in the fast-changing media landscape, weâ€™re committed to exploring the most important education issues of the day,â€ť EWA President Stephanie Banchero, the national education reporter for the Wall Street Journal, said. â€śI can think of no better partners to help us do that than AERA and Penn GSE.â€ť
The American Educational Research Association is a Washington-based membership organization for scholars who specialize in education research.
â€śThe outpouring of interest from the education research community in hosting the 2012 conference underscores the unique strengths that this collaboration offers,â€ť Felice Levine, AERA executive director, said. â€śWe are delighted to support EWAâ€™s efforts to build bridges between journalists and scholars.â€ť