Meet our Education Lab staff

Eva-Marie Ayala, editor

a sign on the side of a building: The exterior of the Dallas Morning News building on Commerce Street in downtown Dallas.

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The exterior of the Dallas Morning News building on Commerce Street in downtown Dallas.

Eva-Marie is a veteran education journalist who’s covered schools across North Texas from Fort Worth to Frisco. Since joining The News in 2012, she’s focused on how inequities in schools impact Black and Latino children; what schools are doing to address mental health needs; and how state policy impacts classrooms. She’s a national board member of the Education Writers Association. Previously, she reported for her hometown paper the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Read more of her stories here.


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Corbett Smith, reporter

Corbett writes about education for The Dallas Morning News, which is fitting because he grew up in public schools. His mother, who taught him in sixth grade, held roles as a teacher, curriculum coordinator and counselor. His father, who was his high school principal,

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The News launches Education Lab to deepen coverage of our schools and explore solutions to persistent challenges

Rarely has there been a more critical time to provide in-depth coverage of our schools.

A global health crisis and social justice movement have brought the deep inequities and challenges that have long plagued education to the forefront of community conversations.

Finding solutions to those issues that help lead to better outcomes for all children is critical to the future of North Texas.

That’s why The Dallas Morning News is launching the new Education Lab, a community-funded journalism initiative aimed at not only expanding our coverage of the most pressing issues in education but also deepening the conversations we have with students, parents and educators.

The Education Lab will build on The News’ longstanding commitment to quality journalism. We will report on pressing issues such as how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting students’ access to opportunities; how well schools are preparing tomorrow’s workforce; and how state funding challenges are affecting

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Howard University to Offer Criminal Justice Course to High School Students in Pilot Program of the National Education Equity Lab

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Howard University has joined forces with the National Education Equity Lab (Ed Equity Lab) to inspire and inform New York City youth who will participate in a Howard University credit-bearing course on criminal justice. The course will be offered to 100 eleventh and twelfth graders in five NYC Title 1 underserved high schools, which begins this week.

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick praised the effort as necessary during this moment in history.

Howard University is proud to collaborate with other colleges and universities committed to advance educational and racial justice for the countless talented students in historically underserved high schools throughout our nation,” said President Frederick.  “There’s never been a more important moment for colleges and universities to boldly step up to advance opportunity equity than now.”

The first Howard course is “Introduction to Criminal Justice,” taught by the popular

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