This workshop has been cancelled.
On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Within a week, the shooting and the protests that followed—driven to a large degree by social media—became a flashpoint for a discussion about race, policing, and justice in the United States.
Using a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will:
Model how to create a safe and reflective space for dealing with difficult topics;
Examine how confirmation and other implicit biases can shape our understanding of the world;
Share how to use news literacy skills and concepts as a set of critical thinking tools to help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and responsibly share news and information through social media
Explore what it means to become effective and informed civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.
This is a hybrid course that will require independent readings, blog responses, and film viewings prior to Saturday's workshop. Details on this requirement will be emailed to course registrants on May 1.
Click here to register The cost of the workshop is $75