As part of Dallas Public Schools Week, organized by Leadership DISD, community members had the unique opportunity to hear directly from two insider voices in education: reporters from local media outlets and public school students representing high schools from across the region.
On Wednesday evening, Media+ED, brought together a diverse panel of education reporters representing KERA, Univision, CBS News and the Dallas Observer. The tables were turned as audience members got to pepper questions at those who are paid to ask tough questions. The panelists addressed the media’s responsibility in shaping perceptions of public education, revealed some of the larger forces influencing the job of “doing the news,” especially in today’s era of social media and comment boards. Perhaps the biggest takeaway: the voice of citizens has never been more important in shaping news coverage of education.
The following night, Our Schools, Our Voices, it was students’ turn to discuss their schools and their lives. Sixteen public school students took the stage, representing schools from across the region. Moderated masterfully by KERA’s Krys Boyd, the topics ranged from sleep patterns to family dynamics to school safety. The audience of adults listened intently as the diverse group of students discussed their stories, triumphs and dreams, often sharing challenging circumstances and their truly remarkable resiliency.