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 consider their role as citizens in a democracy and their responsibilities as informed civic participants and citizen watchdogs?
Using examples from history and current events,we will explore resources and methods that foster critical thinking and news literacy skills to find reliable information to make decisions and take action. Participants will use resources from Facing History’s resource collections on Democracy and Civic Engagement, Digital Literacy and selections of current scholarship on digital citizenship and democracy.
Facing History staff along with local activists, scholars, and educators will 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:
Gain access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools which will support you as you implement Facing History into your classroom
Be able to borrow class sets of books and DVDs through our 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.