Education Lab is a yearlong project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.
October 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Introducing Education Lab: New project will highlight promising approaches
There may be no issue that concerns as many people in Washington state as education — and no question as urgent, complex and often fractious as how to improve our schools.
That’s why the The Seattle Times and the Solutions Journalism Network are launching Education Lab, a partnership aimed at helping citizens understand and respond to challenges facing public education.
During the next year, Seattle Times reporters will identify and assess promising programs and innovations — both locally and around the country — to problems that have long bedeviled schools.
These stories will build on The Times’ longstanding coverage of education issues, including the most persistent problems. But their emphasis will be on examining, with the same journalistic rigor, potential solutions to those problems.
We also hope to create a new conversation that connects teachers, parents, students and others around innovation in schools. Our Education blog will serve as a real-time sounding board for the ideas spotlighted in the stories.
We’ll also be partnering with parent and community groups, as well as educational organizations, to get input for our reporting, build a diverse network of contributors, and put on a series of community forums.
Find out more about Education Lab:
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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