The Tampa Bay Times won for its "Failure Factories" series, while Farah Stockman of The Boston Globe won for commentary about the legacy of desegregation in Boston.
The project includes stories on the web and NPR's news shows, contributions by reporters from local stations, and an interactive map developed with Education Week.
The newspaper won the Investigative Reporters & Editors award for reporting on the failures of the Pinellas County, Fla., district's efforts to educate African-American children.
The April 14 forum comes nearly a year after civil unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray, who went into a coma while in a police van.
A controversial documentary asserting a causal link between childhood vaccines and autism has been pulled from the festival's schedule next month.
The private school run by Benedictine monks serves more than 500 boys, mostly from low-income African-American or Hispanic families.
"Do You Dream in Color?" follows the four from venues including the skate park to the special education meeting as they strive to achieve their goals.
The documentary focuses on children who are gifted in one respect or another but also struggle with one or more cognitive disabilities.
National Public Radio and Listen Current, a group founded by a former radio journalist, team up to bring more NPR segments into the classroom.
One show on the new outlet examines gangs and rap music in Compton, Calif., including a visit to the high school of rapper Kendrick Lamar.