CANCELED: Safeguarding Democracy: Digital Citizenship

April 25, 2020
CANCELED: Safeguarding Democracy: Digital Citizenship

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CANCELED: Safeguarding Democracy: Digital Citizenship

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are canceling this event and all other in-person events through May 15. We’re so sorry to have to make these changes. In the midst of the current public health crisis we feel it is important to err on the side of caution. We are also obligated to modify our business practices to align with the rules established by states and localities where we have offices. This includes observing restrictions on travel or attending large gatherings. Anyone who has already paid will be issued a full refund within one week of cancellation.


The health of a democracy can be assessed by how informed its citizens are. Media literacy is a critical skill in a complex information landscape where we are all exposed to misinformation and an overabundance of information. 

How can educators empower students to become responsible consumers and producers of news and information in the digital age? 

Join Facing History and Common Sense Media as we explore resources and methods that foster critical thinking and news literacy skills to find reliable information to make decisions and take action. 


Outcomes: Participants will incorporate resources from Facing History’s resource collections on Democracy and Civic Engagement, Digital Literacy, Common Sense Media’s resource collections on News and Media Literacy, and selections of current scholarship on digital citizenship and democracy. 

Facing History and Common Sense Media staff will co-facilitate this workshop and share ways to inspire students to use their power and voice to address the gaps between the ideals of American democracy and the lived realities of injustice. Our student-centered teaching strategies and historical case studies will help young people develop their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, mutual respect, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for safeguarding democracy.

We welcome humanities, English language arts, social studies teachers, as well as any administrators, counselors, and educators teaching grades 6-12 who are interested in engaging their students in civic participation.

After this workshop you will:

  1. Receive resources from both organizations, including key frameworks, units and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools for classroom media analysis, including the unit, “Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age.”  

  2. Be able to borrow class sets of books and DVDs through Facing History’s online lending library at no cost


This workshop qualifies for 6 professional development hours.


A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Please email [email protected] if you have any food allergies or intolerance.

95 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
April 25, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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