Both workshops are free and open to pre-service teachers, educators, library media specialists, museum educators, and docents. Please register online for either or both sessions:
Fake News: Now and Then 9:30am – 10:30am
Dr. Beth Rose, Library Director, and Christine Jewell, Director of Education.
Biased news has been a factor throughout much of U.S. history. Learn how questioning primary sources can help students to think critically about all sources of information.
CT Public Learning Network and Thinkalong 10:30am – 12pm
Rose Pierre-Louis of the CT Public Learning Network will share the resources of the newly re-launched Thinkalong website. Thinkalong is a web-based learning program that uses resources from PBS, NPR, and other public media stations to engage middle and high school students in discussions about current events. Using public media — video, audio and digital reports — about newsworthy topics, Thinkalong helps students think critically about media messages, develop informed opinions, and practice how to take a stand.
This program is presented with thanks to Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. It is also part of CTH’s year-long exploration, “Fake News is it Real? Journalism in the Age of Social Media,” and the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.
Professional Development generously sponsored by First County Bank Foundation.
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