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Week in Review: #EWA17

It’s always enjoyable to attend the Education Writers Association National Seminar. I love seeing my colleagues, getting a pulse check on the education world, and this year, I had a lot of fun testing out Instagram Stories with the TVP Comms account. Plus, I got to hear Washington Post Editor Marty Baron speak (and I’m now even MORE impressed with the casting for Spotlight, his voice was right on the money) and try out Baked & Wired cupcakes (I went with strawberry, and I’m still coming off of my sugar high). And to wrap up the week, we’re lucky enough to have scored some tickets to go to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and then my family will be in town for the weekend for some quality time at the zoo.

For some quality time with the latest in higher ed, scroll down for more.

What’s new this week:

Forbes explored why Miami University’s Farmer School of Business requires all freshmen to take a course on coding.

Working for Worcester, which has invested more than $1 million in the city’s recreational spaces and schools in just five years in an effort to promote city pride and provide necessary improvements, was featured on WBZ-TV’s Eye on Education segment.

In a piece for The Conversation, Holy Cross professor Katherine Kiel wrote about how cutting Superfund’s budget will slow toxic waste cleanups and threaten public health.

This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, don’t miss a piece on the value of print material and tips on how to use it best.

What we’ve been talking about:

We were all about EWA this week, even those of us who couldn’t make it—Cristal posted a Quick Hit with essential details on the seminar.


Enjoying our break in between #ewa17 sessions outside on Georgetown’s lovely campus.

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What’s next on our calendars:

Erin will be facilitating a session on understanding media relations for the American Council on Education’s National Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, on June 22.

What we’re recommending:

Cristal Steuer
Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has secured an interview with Vladimir Putin for her new NBC show, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, which debuts on Sunday. Kelly is moderating an economic panel in which Putin is participating in St. Petersburg. He has agreed to sit down with her for a one-on-one after the panel. There are also rumors that Putin won’t show. Either way, it should be interesting.

Teresa Valerio Parrot
This week Erin, Ali and I attended the Education Writers Association annual seminar (link to Insta or a tweet from the conference—whatever Ali wants to promote) and I had the great pleasure of catching up with Emily Hanford, who is with American Public Media and the Educate podcast. If you get a chance, I highly encourage you to subscribe to the Educate podcast for some great storytelling about topics that we all often discuss at a high level; we can all benefit from hearing about how policy, circumstances and educational reality impact the choices and opportunities of real students.

Ali Lincoln
Truthfully, most of my week was spent reading posts in the #EWA17 thread on Twitter. Even if you weren’t able to attend, it’s worth skimming through for some highlights and key takeaways.

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