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National Charter School Conference 2009

On June 21, 2009 charter school administrators, teachers and education entrepreneurs from around the U.S. gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 9th annual National Charter Schools Conference.

For four days conference attendees listened to speeches from prominent figures in the charter school movement, including U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Gates Foundation U.S. Programs President Allan Golston, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. They also participated in sessions designed to help them promote, strengthen, and better manage charter schools in their local communities.

I was a part of a three person team that reported and blogged about the conference for News21.

Below are my dispatches from the conference:

Live Blog: Replay of Joel Klein’s Keynote Address
Live Blog: Replay of Arne Duncan, Allan Golston and Michelle Rhee’s remarks to conference attendees
Democracy Prep wants to be in Rhode Island: Seth Andrew, founder of Democracy Prep, in Harlem announces his plan to expand his school’s presence. w/vVdeo
A How-To on Managing the Message: Observations from a session on charter school administrators learning how to protect to their schools’ images. w/Video

Click below to see all of News21’s coverage of the National Charter School Conference.


Live Blogging Obama and McCain’s Visit to Columbia University

In the stretch run of the 2008 presidential campaign Senators Obama and McCain made a stop at Columbia University for a forum on national service on 9/11. Their appearance was billed as a non-partisan but it was inevitable that it would end up feeling like a campaign event. Students at the Journalism school covered the forum. I decided to live blog the forum with a former Marine, who served Iraq and was attending Columbia at the time.

The live blog was linked to by the following blogs:
The New York Times City Room Blog
U.S. News and World Report Education Blog
Village Voice Media Critic Blog
PBS’s Now Site

Click below to read the live blog.


Hoardhouse Blog

During the course of our masters project, from start to finish, my partners and I blogged about hoarding in the news and the process of reporting and producing our masters project.

Click below to read my posts on the Hoardhouse blog.