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Miss Chalkbeat Indiana and WFYI’s education trivia event? Play the digital version

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The team from IPS School 79 got the most right answers Moday at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.

Few things go better together than trivia and beer, but last night we worked education into the mix.

Along with our partners at WFYI Public Media, the Chalkbeat Indiana team hosted more than 60 people at Sun King Brewing for an evening of education trivia, networking and good beer.

Teachers, policymakers and education enthusiasts from traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools came out to compete.

But we know not all of our readers could turn out for the event, so here’s your shot: modified education pub trivia to peruse at your leisure. No prizes for the computer version, but hey — we had such a good time last night that it likely won’t be our last collaboration with Indianapolis’ largest brewery.

If you’re interested in attending Chalkbeat events going forward, check out our events page. Don’t miss our panel discussion on the future of testing next month!

 

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All tables were full Monday at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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All tables were full Monday at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
A team that called itself "United By Beer" crafts an answer during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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A team that called itself “United By Beer” crafts an answer during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media. Team members include representatives from United Way and former IPS principal Sheila Dollaske.
Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery was sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery was sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
Teachers from IPS School 79 work on their answers at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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Teachers from IPS School 79 work on their answers at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
Filling in answers at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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Filling in answers at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
Team members discuss their answers during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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Team members discuss their answers during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
A team discusses its answer at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Publc Media.
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A team of teachers from Franklin Township discusses its answer at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Publc Media.
Chalkbeat's Shaina Cavazos calls out the next question during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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Chalkbeat’s Shaina Cavazos calls out the next question during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
Tim Brown, Chairman of the budget-making Indiana House Ways and Means Committee at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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Tim Brown, Chairman of the budget-making Indiana House Ways and Means Committee at Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
Indianapolis Public School Board President Mary Ann Sullivan (right) and special assistant to the superintendent Joe Gramelspacher (left) work on an answer with John Loflin of the Black and Latino Policy Institute (center) Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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Indianapolis Public School Board President Mary Ann Sullivan (right) and special assistant to the superintendent Joe Gramelspacher (left) work on an answer with John Loflin of the Black and Latino Policy Institute (center) Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
A team works on their answers during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.
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A team of teachers from Center Grove High School works on their answers during Education Trivia Night at Sun King Brewery sponsored by Chalkbeat and WFYI Public Media.

a look back

The seven Chalkbeat stories from 2017 I’ll be re-reading this holiday season

PHOTO: Tajuana Cheshier

Holidays are about family, food — and best-of lists. As you step into your holiday, let me humbly suggest seven Chalkbeat reads from 2017 to make your break more delightful.

  1. Step into Olga Montellano’s child-optimized home — and get to know a neighborhood that is much more than the “child care desert” label it’s earned — with this excellent longform piece by Ann Schimke and Yesenia Robles.
  2. Get mad, but not in the I-just-spent-too-long-on-Twitter way. In that energized way, where you learn a lot at the end, with this lively and readable investigation by Shaina Cavazos, about a virtual charter school in Indiana. (Then read the sequel: the Republican governor’s response to Shaina in a one-on-one interview.)
  3. Look at Detroit’s school district through the eyes of a new superintendent who is both one of the district’s toughest critics and, at the same time, perhaps its most optimistic defender. A great profile by Erin Einhorn.
  4. Witness democracy in action, or maybe retreat?, with this story by Monica Disare — which helps you see why Monica finds the arcane-but-super-powerful governing board overseeing New York’s schools fascinating.
  5. Get inside the heads of some of the nation’s most powerful philanthropists, who are increasingly coalescing on a single idea for what public education should look like. Spoiler: it’s pretty different from what we see today, and — signature Matt Barnum — it’s a story told with scrupulous fairness and care.
  6. Follow educator Tami Sawyer on her journey from a buzzing cell phone as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville to Confederate monuments toppled this week in Memphis, a gripping, emotional story courtesy of our own Laura Kebede.
  7. We resurfaced this 2016 gem after Charlottesville, so I’m saying it counts for a 2017 list. It’s a roundup of advice from teachers about how to talk about race, and you should just bookmark it forever. Because in 2018, we all need to keep getting better at having this conversation.

Enjoy. And don’t forget to donate to Chalkbeat if you haven’t already. You know this, but I’ll say it anyway: Even tiny donations make a big difference to securing our independence. The more supporting readers we can point to and say, don’t mess with them, the better.

Thank you, and happy new year!

Chalkbeat

Coming soon (and hiring now): Chalkbeat in Chicago and Newark

Top: Chicago skyline via Flickr/Carroll. Bottom: Newark via Wikimedia Commons/Jamaalcobbs

Dear readers,

We have some exciting news: After hearing from community leaders across the country, we’ve selected the next two places where we’ll launch Chalkbeat coverage.

By early 2018 — just a year after launching in Detroit, our fifth city — we’ll have Chalkbeat coverage in Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.

The timing couldn’t be better. Both Chicago and Newark are in the midst of sweeping changes with far-reaching consequences for students and families, educators, and communities.

Chicago is living an education paradox: Poverty, violence, and deep segregation present steep challenges for students, their families, and their schools. After a last-minute budget deal, the city school district remains on the brink of financial disaster. At the same time, Chicago boasts one of the fastest-improving big city school systems in the nation, a conclusion so unexpected that a Stanford researcher double-checked his work before confirming it.

Amid these highs and lows, Chicago’s public schools face a slew of changes at every level of the school system. In the K-12 system, school closures and bureaucratic overhauls have made a complicated system more confusing for many families. City officials also want to lead the country by dramatically growing the number of children enrolled in public prekindergarten, and, controversially, by not allowing students to graduate unless they have a plan for what to do next.

In Newark, meanwhile, an effort to overhaul the local schools with performance pay for teachers and more charter schools — driven in part by Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation in 2010 — initially led to a three-year test score decline that has recently bounced back and turned positive in English, according to a new study.

Today, one third of Newark students are enrolled in charter schools, one of the highest percentages in the country. The school district, meanwhile, is returning to the control of a locally elected school board after years of being run by state-appointed managers. As we’re seeing in Detroit, where a similar transition is underway, the shift to local control comes with great optimism — and high stakes.

Both cities have important stories that the whole country can learn from. But while there are talented journalists producing great stories about education in both Chicago and Newark, both cities lack the depth of coverage they will need to navigate so much change.

Chicago recently lost a longtime news source dedicated to covering schools, Catalyst. And the two major Chicago newspapers have seen their reporting teams diminish significantly, in keeping with trends in newsrooms across the country. The local public radio station, WBEZ, has admirably stepped up to fill gaps, creating a dedicated education reporting team. But there is much more in-depth daily reporting to be done.

In Newark, the local newspaper, the Star-Ledger, has also seen its reporting resources diminish in recent years. And while a laudable nonprofit news organization, NJ Spotlight, has offered thoughtful and high-impact coverage of education across New Jersey, dedicated education coverage by and for Newark has been unsettlingly scarce, especially for a city that is so often in the national headlines.

Community leaders in Chicago and Newark asked us to launch Chalkbeat coverage in their cities because they want to change that. So do we. As we expand our coverage, our goal is to scrutinize and explain what’s changing, what’s working, and what’s at stake as the cities’ schools transform. Readers in Chicago and Newark also deserve to hear — and share — firsthand accounts of the parents, students, and teachers who are living through the changes.

For Chalkbeat’s readers in our five existing locations and across the country, the expansion means that we’ll be connecting even more local dots through our national coverage. Our new national newsletter — sign up now!— will be a great place to read the highlights from Chicago and Newark and learn how how they fit into the unfolding national story of efforts to improve education for poor children.

The growth also means that we’re hiring. We’re already looking to fill two new positions, story editor and Detroit reporter, and have some other roles open, too. Now, we’re opening searches for someone to lead our team in Chicago and a senior reporter in Newark, where we’re launching a one-year pilot as we explore more permanent coverage. If you or someone you know is a fit for any of these positions, let us know now. We are lucky to work with some of the most talented journalists in the country, and we can’t wait to expand our team.

And for our future readers in Chicago and Newark — we won’t be able to do this without you. If you have ideas for us, feel free to reach out now. You can also sign up here to to get updates about our launches in Chicago, Newark, or both.

This post has been updated to more accurately describe the findings of a recent study of Newark school reforms.