Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton and Education Editor Josh White:

As we enter 2015, we’re going to have a new look on the Post’s Education Team, with several exciting changes taking effect this month. Most notable is a new blog about higher education. These changes will allow us to populate the blog and capitalize on the explosive interest in education news among our readers.

Susan Svrluga will be moving from her beat covering Virginia’s outer suburbs to a new role. Susan, along with Nick Anderson and other contributors, will be anchoring the new “Grade Point” higher education blog, set to debut in mid-January. This is a bit of a homecoming for Susan, who joined The Post in early 2004 as a reporter in St. Mary’s County, and quickly was promoted to the higher education beat. She’s written scores of A1 takeouts and has contributed to almost every big local breaking news story in the past 11 years. She wants to try her hand at something more digitally focused and “Grade Point” seemed a great fit. Susan came to The Post from the News & Observer in Raleigh. She graduated from Brown University and Columbia’s graduate journalism school.

Jeff Selingo will become a regular contributor to “Grade Point.” Jeff has covered higher education as a reporter, editor and columnist for more than 17 years and is the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he still serves as a contributing editor. Jeff is author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why, and is working on his third book about how today’s college graduates can better launch into a career to be published in 2016. Jeff also is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, where he is leading the design of an executive leadership program on higher education innovation in partnership with Georgetown University. Jeff is a graduate of Ithaca College and Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington with his wife, Heather, and two daughters.

Emma Brown, who has just returned from maternity leave, will move from her beat covering D.C. schools to join Lyndsey Layton as a national education reporter, creating a formidable Post team covering K-12 education coast to coast. Emma arrived at The Post in 2009 as a summer intern, staying on as an obituary writer, then shifting to the education team in 2011, where she has excelled as a beat reporter in Virginia and D.C.. Emma is an Arlington native who grew up reading the Post but spent most of her grown-up life in the west, working as a US Forest Service ranger in Wyoming’s Wind River mountains, as an outdoor educator in Washington’s San Juan Islands and as a middle school math teacher in Juneau, Alaska. She found her way to journalism perhaps because it is the family business – her father was a longtime reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Emma graduated from Stanford and has a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Alaska and in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley. She lives in Washington with her husband, Jacob, and new baby June.

Michael Alison Chandler, who shifted from her beat covering Northern Virginia education to fill in on the D.C. schools beat last summer, will take on the role full-time. A seasoned education writer who started at The Post in 2005, Michael has written eloquently about early childhood education and the broader student experience – including the expansion of the use of technology in the classroom, how physical education has evolved, and what it’s like being a star football recruit at a local high school – will continue her focus on the unique school experience in the District. In recent years, she re-enrolled in high school to learn why American students struggle with math and traveled to South Korea to see what education reform looks like in one of the world’s highest-performing countries. An Ohio native, Michael has a graduate degree from the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. She lives in Washington with her husband and two-year-old son.