Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

August 18, 2016
Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

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Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

The Facing Ferguson workshop is currently full. If you are a high school teacher, we invite you to apply for the Teaching Civics and News Literacy workshop taking place on October 6th and 7th.

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; and
  • explore what it means to become effective and informed civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.​​

After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Recommended for educators working with students in 7th grade or above.

The total event fee is $110. Scholarships are available for CPS educators to cover all but the $10 registration fee payable upon acceptance.

Educators from Illinois who sign up for PD between now and September 1st are eligible to receive an IL Civics scholarship to cover all but the registration.

Illinois Educators can earn 7 Clock Hours for full participation in this course.

For questions regarding this professional development opportunity, please email [email protected]


Gray Elementary School
3730 N Laramie Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
August 18, 2016
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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