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Applications Due This Friday: Better Blogging and More

Marketing your work session at Feruary 2017 Better Blogging session, featuring coaches Miriam Zoila Pérez and Matt K. Lewis

“Marketing Your Work” session at the February 2017 Better Blogging training

It’s the most writerly time of the year! Yes, Bellwether’s annual Better Blogging training is coming up in June!

Better Blogging is Bellwether’s free session designed to improve the writing and promotion skills of emerging and aspiring education opinion writers and bloggers.

We changed the name a bit to reflect our broader approach: it’s now Better Blogging & More: Skills for Edu-Opinion Writing. So whether you want to contribute to your organization’s blog, write about education on your own blog, or pen op-eds and other opinion pieces for external outlets, this training is for you!

Past attendees have rated Better Blogging among the best of any professional development sessions they’ve ever attended, and our alumni are columnists and contributors at education media outlets across the sector.

Our upcoming session will be held June 27-28 in Washington, D.C. The training is free, but participants must cover their travel and lodging costs. A small stipend for travel and lodging may be available based on demonstrated need.

Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, and we’re always oversubscribed, so visit our website to learn more and apply today! If you have questions, you can also contact events@bellwethereducation.org.

Applications Now Open for February 2017 Better Blogging Session

This year’s education landscape is as heated as ever — there have been debates about the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit, the passage of ESSA, and just recently, the controversial office-581131_640Department of Education Trump appointee. But that doesn’t mean all the education conversations online have been informed, inclusive, and respectful.

In an interview with Education Pioneers earlier this year, I argued that education debates sometimes suffer from “name-calling, misinformation, and vitriol,” and that “nuanced and thoughtful voices, and those that reflect underrepresented viewpoints and experiences, have trouble standing out amidst all the noise.”

That’s where Bellwether’s Better Blogging training comes in. Through hands-on workshops and coaching, our participants improve their ability to express and promote important ideas in the education landscape. Our sessions are led by accomplished coaches, including Pulitzer Prize winners, editors at leading national publications, and social media professionals with deep experience in marketing. Better Blogging alumni consistently rate Bellwether’s training as one of the most effective professional development opportunities they’ve ever attended.

So what are you waiting for? If you want to attend the February 22-23, 2017 session in Washington, D.C., apply today! Applications are due December 12, 2016. Our trainings are supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, so stay tuned for the July 2017 session if you can’t attend in February.

Write About Education? Join Us For Better Blogging!

Do you write about education? Want to shape education debates? Would you like your organization’s blog to reach new audiences? Apply for Better Blogging, Bellwether’s free new media training held July 5-6 in Washington, D.C.

Participants receive training in specific skills and strategies to help strengthen their writing and blogging through hands-on practice and coaching sessions with professional writers. Participants will also have opportunities to give and receive feedback from one another.

Our sessions are led by accomplished coaches, including Pulitzer Prize winners, editors at leading national publications, and social media professionals with deep experience in marketing. Better Blogging alumni consistently rate Bellwether’s training as one of the most effective professional development opportunities they’ve ever attended. Read what else past attendees are saying.

The deadline to submit your application is May 2nd. Bellwether receives many more applicants than we have space for, so apply today!

Now Accepting Applications for Bellwether’s Better Blogging Training

It’s time to send in your application for our sixth Better Blogging session, a new media training designed for current and aspiring education bloggers. It will be held February 10-11, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Are you active on a personal or professional blog or considering starting one? Do you want your voice on education issues heard online? Better Blogging aims to build participants’ tactical and writing skills, advancing a blogger’s ability to express and promote important ideas in the education landscape. Our accomplished roster of coaches includes Pulitzer Prize winners, editors at leading national publications, experienced education writers, as well as social media professionals with deep experience in media marketing.

Here’s what Ari Kiener of MinnCAN, who attended our December session, has to say about the training:

“The Better Blogging training should be required professional development not only for education bloggers but also communications professionals. While the training covered what I expected, like tips on topics ranging from headline writing to social media promotion, it also offered me strategic advising on how to completely rethink my organization’s blogging fellowship and guest blogging program, as well as our approach to communications more broadly. Since I attended the training, we have become much more thoughtful about the voices and ideas we elevate–on our blog and beyond.” 

The training is free, but participants must cover their travel and lodging costs. A small stipend may be available based on demonstrated need. The deadline for application submission is December 21, 2015. If you have questions or are ready to apply, visit http://bellwethereducation.org/better-blogging-training.