This week we spoke with D.C. photographer Jared Soares about covering a four-part-series on how the common-core standards are affecting teaching and learning. This 7-month project followed the day-to-day life at Stuart Hobson Middle School told through the lens of 8th grade student Mikel Robinson and English/language arts teacher Dowan McNair Lee.
Education Week talks with Alexis Lambrou about her photo essay on a young teacher in an inner-city high school in New York. Her four-month project follows 24-year-old teacher Ferrin Bujan at the Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, focusing on the dynamics between the young teacher who isn’t much older than the students she teaches. Lambrou asks, “What does that look like? Is there a power struggle? Do the young teachers use their age to their advantage and are they more relatable to students?”
Q & A with Jessica Kourkounis, a Philadelphia-based freelance photographer, about her assignment to cover the uncertainty surrounding the Philadelphia school district and whether the schools would even be able to open on time.
The buses are arriving. The hallways are swarming with students. And, all across the country, educators are taking deep breaths.
It’s the start of the school year. And Education Week wants to see what back-to-school looks like through your eyes.
Behind the lens with Madison photographer Narayan Mahon who spent the day on a still and video assignment for a story about the research being done at the University of Wisconsin in Madison by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the Games, Learning and Society Lab, where neuroscientists and video-game developers and designers are creating a video game that they think will help teach kids empathy, and another game that introduces mindfulness practices.
As criticism of school suspension grows, some schools, like Davidson Middle School in San Rafael, Calif., have turned to techniques aimed at teaching students to right their wrongs. Photographer Sarah Rice talks about her impressions of the school’s peer court.
We talk with Jon Lowenstein about photographing this week’s front-page story on school closings on Chicago’s South Side. It’s a continuation of his long-term project, documenting his community for more than a decade. It asks important, evolving questions, like what does “South Side” even mean? Told with fewer filters, more raw but with an aesthetic that’s a personal collaboration between Mr. Lowenstein and his neighbors.
A new project is taking a deeper look at the factors contributing to the “teacher-diversity gap.” The organizers of Teach Tomorrow in Oakland, Calif., hope to encourage more adults from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds to enter the profession—and stay in it. Ramin Rahimian photographed Cicely Day, a 3rd grade teacher at PLACE at Prescott School last week in Oakland. Ms. Day went through the program and became a teacher after studying fashion design and working in child care.
When Reginald Cureton, a Detroit middle schooler, was just a year old, a routine blood test revealed that he had more than four times the amount of lead in his blood required for a child to be identified as lead-poisoned. A new study draws attention to the large numbers of Detroit children who have been exposed to lead and establishes a link between blood-lead levels and lower academic performance.
Photographer John Tully spent a morning last week with students and teachers at the William H. Rowe School in Yarmouth, Maine. The school uses a social-emotional-learning approach known as Responsive Classroom. A new study adds to the growing body of research showing that this type of learning can positively influence academic, as well as behavioral, results.