Teacher PD: Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves on April 10, 2017

Professional Development with Facing History and Ourselves –

April 26, 4:00 – 8:00 pm Global Leadership Academy

Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age.


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
  • 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

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

Dinner will be provided. Space is limited; registration does not guarantee admission. You may be contacted by a Facing History staff member to discuss your application.

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