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Is one of your goals as a teacher to help your students make sense of the torrent of news and information streaming through their online worlds? Would you like to empower your students by providing them with the news literacy skills they need to become active and engaged participants in civic life?

Our new professional development sessions are for you!

“Teaching News Literacy” is an affordable series of three online workshops that meet these needs. It’s offered by the News Literacy Project, the nation’s leading provider of news literacy training and resources for middle school and high school educators.

Led by Peter Adams, NLP’s senior vice president for educational programs, and John Silva, a National Board Certified Teacher and NLP’s checkology® director of education, these workshops will give you everything you need to begin introducing news literacy into your classroom, including dozens of ideas, examples and tools to jump-start your news literacy instruction.

Teaching News Literacy

What Is News Literacy?: This session makes the case for news literacy as a vital 21st-century skill and provides an overview of concepts and tools.

  • We’ll put news literacy instruction in context and demonstrate how to integrate it into your classroom, using timely events and examples. We’ll also introduce important concepts and skills: how information gets filtered, how journalists decide if an event or issue is newsworthy, how the First Amendment and the watchdog role of the press play important roles in our democracy, how to evaluate bias in the news media, how to detect and debunk viral rumors, and how to analyze branded content.
    Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6-7 p.m. ET, or Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-noon ET

Misinformation: More Than “Fake News”: Learn how to teach students about “fake news” and the many other forms of misleading, inaccurate and outright false information that they encounter in their daily lives.

  • We’ll tackle the misinformation landscape: why it’s important to teach students about it, and how to use examples of misinformation to engage students in news literacy and civic learning. We’ll also discuss the authentic civic pathways and actions made available to students through studying misinformation; provide an introduction to “digital forensics” (skills and tools that can help students debunk manipulated and false images); and examine the ways that producers of misinformation are likely to exploit technological advances in the near future.
    Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6-7 p.m. ET

Using News Literacy to Drive Civic Engagement: Consuming, engaging with, sharing and creating information are the most fundamental and common civic actions that any citizen can take. This session will explore how news literacy learning can ignite civic engagement and improve civic literacy and reasoning.

  • We’ll look at the connection between news literacy and civics by examining the vital role that information plays in the national conversation and discussing the opportunities for meaningful civic engagement that today’s information landscape offers. Finally, we’ll provide tips, ideas and strategies for using news literacy to supercharge a “consume/engage/create” cycle around timely civic issues.
    Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-7 p.m. ET

Cost: $10 for a single session; $25 for all three.

Our PD sessions tend to fill quickly, so sign up today! Each workshop will be recorded and archived, allowing registered participants to review a session or catch up on any they missed.

Any questions? Email John Silva at

Enroll in “Teaching News Literacy” today — and be sure to tell a friend!

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