Raise your voice

Passionate about education? Want to help improve our journalism? Join Chalkbeat’s Reader Advisory Board

Support our journalism by joining Chalkbeat's Reader Advisory Board.

Dear Readers,

It’s a busy time at Chalkbeat. We’ve officially expanded to Detroit, where we plan to continue and strengthen our work of elevating underrepresented voices and keeping communities informed.

As we grow, we want to ensure that our reporting always represents the perspective of you, our dedicated readers. Will you help us as we continue this work?

We’re looking for 2-3 representatives from each of our five locations (Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, New York, and Tennessee) plus a few national representatives to join our Reader Advisory Board.

Serving on this board means you will help guide our coverage, hold us accountable, and help us build strong relationships in the communities we cover. We are asking members to commit to a two-year term that requires participating in three 90-minute video conference calls with Chalkbeat editors and reporters per school year (six in total for a two-year term).

In these meetings, we’ll discuss upcoming projects, brainstorm new angles and source opportunities, discuss how our team is working towards sustainability, and hear your feedback, amongst other things. Members should anticipate some light work between meetings, including regularly reading Chalkbeat stories.

You should apply if you:

  • Care deeply about education
  • Want to see your community reflected in our journalism
  • Are excited by and want to support our core values
  • Can commit to three evening video calls per school year

Interested readers can apply via the application below (or in a new tab here) or send any questions to [email protected].

share your story

Looking for inspiration to share your Detroit schools story? Watch us share one of our own

Erin Einhorn takes the stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum.

Chalkbeat believes in telling stories: The stories of teachers, the stories of parents, the stories of children, and the stories of our schools.

Now we’re inviting readers to share their experiences with Detroit schools — submit yours here. We’ll publish the best on our site plus select a few to be told live on stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum on March 17 at our upcoming event hosted by Satori Shakoor of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers. (Get your tickets here before they sell out.)

For a preview, watch this video of last week’s Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, where Erin Einhorn, our senior reporter in Detroit, shared a story about the moment she realized Detroiters needed new and better ways to get information about their schools. Her story begins at the 7-minute mark.

School Days

School Days: Share your Detroit education story

Chalkbeat Detroit and The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers  are presenting an event called “School Days” to tell the story of Detroit’s changing schools.

We are now looking for Detroiters who want to share their stories. We will publish the best entries on Chalkbeat, and five storytellers will be selected to work side-by-side with Satori Shakoor of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers  to take their story from the page to the stage at the Charles H. Wright Museum. Check out how Detroiters like you have rocked the stage here.

Who should submit a story:

Students, parents, current and former educators, community members, and anyone else who wants to share a story about their Detroit school experience.

What’s the deadline:

Submit your story by February 17, 2017 at the latest. But hurry! The first 20 people to share their story will receive a free ticket to the March event!

What makes a good story:

  • 300 words or less about your experience
  • A picture of yourself (that we can publish if your story is selected)

What you can expect from Chalkbeat:

  • If your story is selected to be published, we will contact you by February 24, 2017.
  • The first 20 people to submit a story will receive a free ticket to our March event
  • If you are selected as a storyteller for the March event, we will introduce you to Satori Shakoor of the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, who will prepare you and your story for the stage

Don’t want to share your own story, but want to nominate someone?

  • Great! You can do that by filling out the form below. Don’t forget to share contact info for the nominee!



Want to join in on the celebration? Purchase a ticket here:


Ready to share? Tell us about your experience below!