Why a redesign?

Dear edweek.org reader:

Welcome to the new edweek.org.

If you’re new to edweek.org, please read on to learn more about the site or take our Tour.

If you’ve previously registered at edweek.org, your e-mail address and password still allow you access to the new edweek.org. While we’d like you to read more about the improvements we’ve made, feel free to dive right in. You also can take our Tour.

Why a redesign?

At edweek.org, we’ve long tried to serve a wide spectrum of people with interests in K-12 education -- school and district administrators, teachers, state and federal policymakers, researchers, students, parents and others. As the site expanded over the years, it became increasingly difficult to address this diverse audience with the previous site organization. So, we’ve divided edweek.org into four sections:

  • News in Education Week is organized by topic and state to serve policymakers, administrators, and others seeking K-12 education news from the authoritative source. Plus, we’ll bring you more education news throughout the week as well as Daily News from across the Web on each topic and state page.
  • Teacher Magazine articles and new online-only features provide more resources for classroom professionals.
  • A new Research Center offers expanded tools, including the powerful Education Counts database of state-by-state indicators, to investigate topics of interest.
  • Job seekers will find Agent K-12 even more focused on teaching and administrative job search and career advancement.

A few elements of the new edweek.org are still getting a final testing before we roll them out, but over the next few weeks you'll find a number of improvements. In addition to the organizational and design changes, we’ve added or improved several features:

Search – You can more easily search across our entire archives dating back nearly 25 years as well as other content on the site, including Issues A-Z and Daily News from across the Web. Relevance ranking similar to that found on internet search engines will allow you to locate relevant articles more readily. You’ll find a search box atop nearly every page of the site.

Education Counts – Our database of more than 250 state-by-state education indicators will be a valuable resource on a range of topics. You can get prepared tables on key education issues or create your own custom charts or maps on indicators of your choice. Our State Info pages will allow you to drill down on key indicators for each state.

Calendar – Expanded listings and search improvements make our Calendar a powerful tool for finding conferences, seminars, professional development workshops, job fairs, and more. Locate coming events by topic or by state.

Personalization – You can pick topics and/or states and see your Personal News headlines right on the Education Week main page along with the top news of the day. (This is still in the works.)

TalkBack – Join lively, interactive discussions in an expanded TalkBack area that allows you to read or post comments on a wider range of K-12 topics in the news.

The redesign and improved features are part of the continued evolution of edweek.org. The next big change will come early next year, when portions of edweek.org will require a subscription. Subscribers to Education Week in print will have full access to the edweek.org site, and online-only subscriptions also will be sold. Most of the Teacher Magazine and Research Center content will be freely available to registered users. Agent K-12 will remain free and will require registration only for resumes and search agents. Be sure that you are prepared to keep using the full edweek.org by starting or renewing your Education Week subscription today.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact us at: [email protected]

Best regards,

Virginia B. Edwards
Editor and Publisher
Education Week and Teacher Magazine