Breaking Down the News

Breaking Down the News
New York

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Breaking Down the News

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How can we help young people develop healthy habits of questioning about the news and all media constructions? How are new media forms shaping our students views of the world? How can we help students understand how their own biases influence their understanding o fcurrent events and their assessment of the credibility, accuracy and bias ofnews sources? Given our own biases, how do we teach our students to develop independent and well-reasoned conclusions about controversial issues?

This workshop will give teachers tools to help students analyze and evaluate mediated information, make informed decisions, and become effective active participants in today’s complex information landscape.

Co-facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves and Project Look Sharp, participants will receive resources from both organizations—News Literacy in a Digital Age: Facing Ferguson, as well as key frameworks and resources for classroom media analysis.

Participants in the workshop will:

  • understand how to teach news literacy through a constructivist pedagogy that addresses social justice issues
  • analyze classroom models exploring the role of journalism and news in a democratic society
  • discuss how best to teach for informed civic participation in their mediated world
  • gain strategies for creating a safe and reflective space for dealing with difficult topics
  • receive a flash drive with 200+ media decoding lessons for secondary social studies and ELA

Recommended for teachers of grades 4-12.


Juan Castellanos, Senior Program Associate, Facing History and Ourselves.

Chris Sperry, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Ithaca College’s media literacy initiative, Project Look Sharp, and 35 year Facing History teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca.


Register at My Learning Plan. Registration fee of $35 is BOCES aidable and includes lunch and all materials. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

SUNY Cortland
21 Graham Ave
Brockway Hall
Cortland, NY 13045
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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