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Supporting Media Literacy in Schools

A Series


For: All Educators


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




NJAIS is pleased to partner with News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit that provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn, and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information. This partnership will offer a series of three sessions to inspire equal and engaged participants in a democracy.


Sessions Include:

What it Means to be ‘News-Literate’ — An Introduction to News Literacy Education

Wednesday, September 29, 2021; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SESSION COMPLETED; REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION WILL INCLUDE A RECORDING ONLY


This session will provide an overview of the news literacy concepts and skills that students need to be reliably informed, such as recognizing the difference between news and opinion, identifying misinformation, evaluating evidence, using fact-checking and digital verification tools, and discerning various types and forms of bias.



Understanding Bias — A Nuanced Approach to a Vital News Literacy Topic

Wednesday, October 13, 2021; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SESSION COMPLETED; REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION WILL INCLUDE A RECORDING ONLY

People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? What role do our own biases play in our perceptions of bias? In this session we’ll help you teach this vital, controversial, complex topic in ways that empower students to meaningfully evaluate the fairness and impartiality of news coverage.



Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: Teaching Concepts in Conspiratorial Thinking

Wednesday, October 27, 2021; 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Conspiracy theories are becoming part of mainstream discourse and public awareness. From QAnon to pandemic-related beliefs to older ideas such as the Earth is flat, we are finding that more and more of our friends, family, and loved ones believe at least one conspiracy theory. How do we teach students to avoid conspiracy theories without actually teaching them the specifics of such false beliefs? This session explores the psychological and cognitive factors behind conspiratorial thinking, including the role of fears and anxiety, cognitive dissonance and biases, motivated reasoning and institutional cynicism. We will discuss the ways in which conspiracy theories exploit our emotions as well as fill our emotional needs. As part of this session, we will outline essential learning objectives and concepts and provide instructional resources for integrating these concepts into the curriculum, including our free, interactive lesson which is part of the Checkology® virtual classroom.





Program Fee

One Session: $50 per registrant, Member Schools; $100 per registrant, NonMember Schools

Two Sessions: $85 per registrant, Member Schools; $150 per registrant, NonMember Schools

Three Sessions: $100 per registrant, Member Schools; $200 per registrant, NonMember Schools





About the Presenter:

John Silva is the News Literacy Project’s senior director of education and training. He joined NLP in March 2017 with 13 years of experience as a middle and high social studies teacher with Chicago Public Schools. He first became involved with news literacy in 2014 when his students engaged in NLP’s original classroom program. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, John spent several years in corporate telecommunications positions before deciding to become a teacher. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in the teaching of history and has a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in e-learning, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012.




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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeksprior to the program. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.