Deadline for AERA-EWA Data Journalism Fellowships Quickly Approaching
Deadline for AERA-EWA Data Journalism Fellowships Quickly Approaching

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Deadline for AERA-EWA Data Journalism Fellowships Quickly Approaching

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 – Journalists interested in broadening their understanding of education data have until April 5 to apply for a week-long fellowship co-sponsored by the American Educational Research Association and the Education Writers Association.  Reporters and editors will have the opportunity to attend a data workshop, which is timed to allow fellows to also attend sessions at AERA's 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco and EWA's 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

In a joint workshop April 30 - May 1, AERA and EWA will offer education reporters a training opportunity to learn about the breadth of large-scale education data sets; data resources that they can use at their desk; and how to use and access data tools. The seminar faculty will include top scholars known for their use of major national and international data sets as well as their statistical and methodological savvy. Also, through this workshop and related activities at the AERA conference, journalists will gain a deeper appreciation of how to use publicly available data, and how to access researchers with relevant expertise.

Participants may then continue with a data-training track at the EWA National Seminar May 2-4. Sessions will look at the data on charter schools, explore gaps in students’ opportunities to learn, and examine how reporters can use data drawn from public opinion polls.

AERA will cover the cost of rooms April 29 and 30, and will reimburse airfare and mileage on personal vehicles. EWA will reimburse reporters for hotel May 1-4.

To apply, fill out this brief form on EWA’s website.

Preliminary Schedule for AERA-EWA Data Fellowship Program

Pre-Seminar Activities

  • Designed program of one-on-one interviews for Fellows
  • Select AERA sessions that focus on connecting data to policy and practice


  • The Landscape and Changing Typography of Data Sets and Data Resources
  • Data Overview and Available Resources
  • How to Use Data and Be a Critical User
  • National Data Sets and Priming Public Use Files (Breakouts)
  • K-12 Education Data Sets
  • Postsecondary Data Sets
  • Data Resources of Value for Education Reporting (e.g., Adolescent Heath, National Longitudinal Youth Survey)
  •  Educational Progress Looking Across Contexts (Breakouts)
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
  • National and State-Level data Resources
  • International Data Sets and International Comparisons (Students and Educators)
  • Connecting to Data Sets and Resources to Facilitate Use (Breakouts)
  • The Measuring Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Project as a Resource
  • ICPSR Library of Resources and the AERA-ICPSR Data Sharing Initiative
  • State Longitudinal Data Systems and Capitalizing on Papers and Products
  • Informal Scholars Luncheon and Connecting to Data Experts

Post Seminar Activities

  • EWA Conference
  • Final Convening of the AERA-EWA 2013 Fellows Group
  • Linking Data Use on One’s Desk and Hot Issues at EWA
  • Unanswered questions and follow-up requests

For more information, contact Lori Crouch at EWA (; 202-452-9830), or Tony Pals at AERA (; 202-238-3235).


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