US Education Media’s Role in Covering & Broadcasting Evidence-Supported Practices: A panel discussion moderated by Ben Riley
What role do education journalists play in bringing high-quality education research to the attention of educators, parents, and policymakers? What role should they play? And how can people in the education community help influence the direction of education journalism and education research more broadly? Three veteran education journalists — Matt Barnum (Chalkbeat), Richard P. Phelps (Nonpartisan Education Review), and Emily Richmond (Education Writers Association) — will share their thoughts on a panel moderated by Benjamin Riley of Deans for Impact. And because reporters like answering questions as much as asking them, we promise plenty of Q&A time.
Benjamin Riley is the founder and executive director of Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit organization working to improve and transform the way future educators are prepared. Prior to stewarding the launch of Deans for Impact, Riley served as the director of policy for a national nonprofit organization that supported education innovation. Before that, he served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and worked primarily on education policy-related issues. Riley received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He grew up in a family of public of educators and believes passionately that public education serves as the foundation of our democracy.
Emily Richmond is the Education Writers Association’s public editor, coordinating training opportunities for members and providing individualized reporting and writing help to journalists. She also hosts the “EWA Radio” podcast, and authors “The Educated Reporter” blog. Prior to joining EWA, Emily was the education reporter at the Las Vegas Sun, where she covered local, state, and national issues. In 2007, she was named Outstanding Journalist of the Year by the Nevada State Press Association. Emily was a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University.
Matt Barnum is Chalkbeat’s national reporter, covering education policy and research. Previously he was a staff writer at The 74, the policy director for Educators for Excellence – New York, and a middle school language arts teacher in Colorado.
Richard P. Phelps is founder of the Nonpartisan Education Group, editor of the Nonpartisan Education Review, a Fulbright Scholar, and fellow of the Psychophysics Laboratory. He has authored and edited four books on assessment policy—Correcting Fallacies about Educational and Psychological Testing (APA); Standardized Testing Primer (Peter Lang); Defending Standardized Testing (Psychology Press); and Kill the Messenger (Transaction)—and several statistical compendia. Phelps has held positions with several education assessment organizations: ACT, AIR, ETS, the OECD, Pearson, and Westat. He holds degrees from Washington, Indiana, and Harvard Universities, and a PhD from U. Penn’s Wharton School.
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