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Education Week’s Photos of 2013

By Charles Borst & Swikar Patel — December 20, 2013 1 min read

Reviewing the photographs published in Education Week in 2013 reminded us of how often the news and events we report on in K-12 education can affect everyone in the community.

Security in the post-Newtown world, the lasting effects of economic disparity, the impact of the government shutdown, the implementation of the common-core curriculum, and school choice are stories that readers would of course expect Education Week to cover. The fact that more traditional media, and the American public, spent much of the year reporting on, and debating, these issues as well is a clear indicator of how important they are to society at large.

Here are our favorite images from 2013.

A child peers through firefighters standing at attention as a procession heads to the cemetery outside the funeral for school shooting victim Daniel Gerard Barden in Newtown, Conn. According to firefighters, Daniel wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up and they honored him at the service.
Instructors from Big Iron Concealed Handgun Training in Waco, Texas, give teachers tips on what they need to know to earn a license to carry weapons out of sight.
Students in Monica Farren’s 6th grade English class read outside during a poetry exercise at Albert Einstein Academy Charter Middle School in San Diego.
Third grader William Hawkins, third from right, looks back as he and his sister are escorted by Chicago police officers along Marquette Boulevard to Mays Elementary School in the Englewood neighborhood on the first day of school on Aug. 26.
Dowan McNair-Lee leads her 8th graders in a lesson on figurative language at the District of Columbia’s Stuart-Hobson Middle School.
English/language arts teacher Dowan McNair-Lee fights fatigue as she grades papers in the evening at her home in southeast Washington.
Stuart-Hobson Middle School 8th grader Mikel Robinson walks to baseball practice after school last April.
With the school motto emblazoned on the wall, Mia Keighan does a cartwheel on a balance beam while Angelena Resete looks on at Kate Sessions Elementary School in San Diego, Calif.
From left: Stephanie Vidikan, the director of operations for 1776, and entrepreneurs Gary Hensley and Brian Christie make business calls in a collaborative workspace for startup companies. The workspace is run by 1776, an organization that provides resources for startups with the support of companies like Pearson.
David Arredondo, a junior, sorts through sombreros for the right fit as members of Mariachi Estrella, a music group from Premont High School, prepare to perform in the Texas High School Mariachi Competition in San Antonio. The event aims to promote music education and enrichment and recognize the state’s top high school programs.
Wilcox County High School students Mareshia Rucker, 17, left, and Stephanie Sinnott, 18, try on prom dresses donated by well-wishers last spring near Abbeville, Ga. The students helped organize the school’s first racially integrated prom in response to Wilcox County High School’s traditional prom, held by, and for, white students only.
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Jaquin Nelson, 6, wears a hooded sweatshirt during a Sunday church service in New Orleans in July. Congregants wore hooded sweatshirts in response to the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Buffy Keys of Countywide Family Development, a family-support group in Laurel, Miss., plays an icebreaker game at the School-to Prison Pipeline Action Camp 2.0. The event, held in Denver, drew youths and community activists from 16 states to learn how to fight discipline policies.
Steven Hicks, who works at the U.S. Department of Education, was furloughed under the government shutdown. While his partner continued to work on Capitol Hill throughout the shutdown, Mr. Hicks said he spent time cleaning their house and trying to keep busy.
Zaine Bedsaul, a 6th grader, hauls his school backpack up a hill to a friend’s house in the Kau district on the Big Island in Hawaii. He and others in the rural area travel a long way to attend school in the neighboring town of Naalehu.
Students sit outside the principal’s office at Naalehu Elementary School. The rural school has many low-income students; some may arrive at school with no shoes.
Jaclyn Midgette, helps Trell Chalmers, 10, with his homework while others play at recess. Midgette, a 4th grade reading and social studies teacher at Bullock Elementary School in Sanford, N.C., was part of the pilot group who took the new edTPA, a performance-based licensure test, when she was in school at East Carolina University.
Chris Rogers, 16, mixes an audio project at the library’s YouMedia lab at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, Ohio.
Supplies remain in a former art room at the closed Burton Elementary School, in Erie, Pa., which is now being used by the district for storage. Administrators in Erie say fiscal pressure from the growth of charter schools is among the factors that have forced the closure and consolidation of some regular public schools in recent years.
Zintkala Wicasa sits outside his grandmother’s trailer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The 19-year-old, a graduate of Pine Ridge High School, wears the three eagle feathers he earned–one for completing 8th grade, a second for completing high school, and the last one for completing a sun dance, a traditional religious ritual.
A student boards an early-morning school bus on the Pine Ridge reservation. Long bus rides are common for students who live outside the main population centers on the 3,500-square-mile reservation.
Ten-year-old Legend Tell Tobacco, right, races his friend Jose Hernandez, 8, after school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Brian Taylor, front left, and Season Williams, right, both 3rd graders, line up at Memphis College Prep, a charter school in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis, like many other communities, is undergoing profound changes in the structure and administration of its schools. In addition to merging with the neighboring Shelby County school system, Memphis includes a mix of regular public schools, state-run schools, and charter schools.

A version of this article first appeared in the Full Frame blog.