It’s a good feeling to have been part of a team here at Education Week that was just awarded first prize in the multimedia category by the Education Writers Association for a set of online profiles of English-language learners.
My contribution to the package, published as part of Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a Population, was to identify some of the ELLs profiled and tell their stories in print. But the students’ stories really came alive with the addition of audio interviews and photo portraits by Christopher Powers, the associate director of photography for Education Week.
Last year, Chris, Yasmine Mousa, and I received a special citation from the EWA in the multimedia category for a narrative and interviews published online in 2008 as part of a package about Iraqi students in Jordan, called “The Lost Years.”
I feel honored to have heard all of these students’ stories and helped them to become known.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.