Education Lab is now past its infancy, and starting its second year. You may have noticed some staffing changes that we’ve been remiss in formally announcing.
But first, a big thanks to all of you for reading, and sharing your perspectives and questions. Thanks for making this one of the most popular news blogs at The Seattle Times, and helping us grow and improve.
Education Lab is an experiment, a chance to try out new ways of writing about education and, more important, new ways of interacting with you. We’re focused on promising practices we see in our public schools, not as a way to avoid writing about the problems — we’ll continue to do that, too — but as one way to address them.
So please join us in this effort. If you haven’t already done so, add your thoughts to the blog and our stories, write a guest column, attend one of our events, or simply call or write an email. Subscribe to the Education Lab daily newsletter.
We’re heartened by how many of you have told us that you like what we’ve done so far, and would like to see more of it. We’ve also been pleased at the reach of our work, with responses from across the nation from parents and teachers and policy makers. Last week, for example, a California teacher flew to Seattle to learn more about the project-based Advanced Placement class he first read about in Education Lab.
As for the staff changes:
After many years as a reporter, I (Linda Shaw) am now helping oversee Education Lab as The Seattle Times’ education editor.
John Higgins, who spent last year as our K-12 beat reporter, is now a full-time member of the Ed Lab team. The other members of the team, who helped launch Ed Lab last year, are reporters Claudia Rowe and Katherine Long, as well as engagement editor Caitlin Moran. Deputy Managing Editor Jim Simon continues to oversee the project.
Leah Todd, who previously worked as an education reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, is now responsible for our day-to-day K-12 coverage, ably picking up where John left off.
So again, thanks. We look forward to hearing more from you as we research this year’s stories, which will include reports on school finance, teacher evaluation and training, student discipline, and college access. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact information for the rest of the team can be found on the Education Lab blog page.