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2021 Arizona Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

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THEME: Destination Democracy-Social Studies in the Driver's Seat

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Fareed Mostoufi, Associate Director of Education, Pulitzer Center

Title: Cultivating Critical Thinking, Connection, and Empathy through Underreported News Stories and Journalism Skills

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The most important news stories are often the ones that students are missing. What are underreported stories?  How can students find them? And how does critical engagement with underreported news stories and journalism skills equip students  to inform themselves, cultivate empathy, and take action?

In this interactive session led by Pulitzer Center education staff, participants will explore methods for engaging students in discussions about where and how they get their news. Staff will share methods for introducing students to the difference between breaking news and underreported stories, and guide participants in an exploration of reporting from diverse media platforms on pressing issues such as climate change, governance, human rights,  indigenous communities, land and property rights, migration, racial justice, religion and more.

Participants will also explore journalism skills that students can apply to begin telling underreported stories from their own communities

This session will include a presentation by a Center-supported journalist, who will describe how to apply interview and photojournalism skills to researching underreported stories. Participants will also explore free virtual resources and activities that can be used to help students practice identifying and researching underreported issues, and evaluate ways that these resources can support their curricula.

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Organizer Arizona Council for the Social Studies (ACSS)

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The Arizona Council for the Social Studies is actively engaged in strengthening social studies education in Arizona. We are a proud network for support and communication! Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences.

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