John Merrow will be the guest speaker in the semester’s capstone CREO Seminar, with a talk titled “Scared Sleepless: Schooling in the Age of Accountability.” Merrow is a nationally recognized journalist who provides insightful, in-depth coverage of education issues as head of the nonprofit production company, Learning Matters. He and his team produce reports for PBS NewsHour and other media. An education reporter since 1974, he provides news and commentary through books, newspapers, podcasts, and a blog called Taking Note. He has received numerous honors for his journalism, including George Foster Peabody Awards, the George Polk Award, and three Emmy nominations. His latest book, published in 2011, is The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership. Merrow holds an MA from Indiana University and a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Event is free and open to the public.