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Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

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November 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Education Lab, Year II: Staff changes and what’s ahead

educationlab_facebookDear readers,

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.


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September 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Last chance: Tell us what you think about Education Lab

educationlab_facebookWhat do you think about The Seattle Times’ education coverage?

As we near the one-year mark for Education Lab, we’re taking a moment to collect your feedback on the project so far.

Go here to take the survey. We appreciate your opinion and will enter your name into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

Responses must be entered by 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, to qualify for the drawing.


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October 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Education Lab commenting guidelines

Education Lab is a place for constructive conversation. One of the project’s main objectives is to provide an online space where people from every corner of the education landscape feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, opinions and ideas. To help accomplish this goal, here are some simple guidelines for commenting on Education Lab posts. These guidelines determine how we will moderate comments. Our commenting guidelines also apply here.


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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.

Throughout the duration of the project, Seattle Times reporters will identify and assess promising programs and innovations — both locally and around the country — to problems that have long bedeviled schools.


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October 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM

About Solutions Journalism

The Solutions Journalism Network is a new, New York-based nonprofit, organization, formed by a team of experienced reporters and editors, that works to legitimize and spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems. Through newsroom partnerships, funds that support individual reporting projects, curriculum development, and collaborations with journalism…


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October 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Meet the team behind Education Lab

Linda Shaw Linda Shaw became The Times’ education editor in 2014. Prior to that, she covered public schools at The Seattle Times as a reporter for more than two decades. Her coverage has won numerous national and local awards and honors, including in 2008, when the Education Writers Association named her beat reporter of the year. More

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October 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Education Lab Q&A

Education Lab, a partnership between The Seattle Times and Solutions Journalism Network, will explore promising programs and innovations inside early-education programs, K-12 schools and colleges that are addressing some of the biggest challenges facing public education.

The yearlong project is funded by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

This document addresses questions that may emerge about the project and its funding.


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