Presented by Merek Chang, Secondary Science and Technology TOSA, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (CA); Rachel Roberson, Senior Program Manager – Education Content, KQED; and Angel Valerio, STEM Program Manager, KQED
Presented by Chris Payne, Senior Audio Production Manager, Nearpod and Flocabulary; Ime Ekpo, Cultural Journalist; and Brittney Smith, Senior Manager of Education Partnerships, The News Literacy Project
Presented by Alexa Volland, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning, The News Literacy Project; and Brittney Smith, Senior Manager of Education Partnerships, The News Literacy Project
Presented by Angel Valerio, Program Manager, STEM Education Professional Learning, KQED; Rik Panganiban, Program Manager, Online Learning, KQED; and Mary Kate Lonergan, Eighth-Grade Social Studies Teacher, Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District (NY), and KQED Media Literacy Innovator
Presented by K.C. Boyd, Librarian, District of Columbia Public Schools; and Sue Thotz, Senior Program Manager, Common Sense Education
Moderated by Jennifer Ehehalt, Senior Education Program Manager, Common Sense Education
Presented by Mary Kate Lonergan, Social Studies Teacher, Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District (NY)
Moderated by Rachel Roberson, Program Manager, Humanities Professional Learning, KQED Education
As controversies about the pandemic, climate change, and social justice continue to make headlines, these same topics also provide opportunities for students to learn and apply media literacy skills that will help them with their course work, personal lives, and civic engagement.
Social, cultural, and political factors in 2020, such as civil unrest, COVID-19, and the presidential election, have resulted in the highest recorded stress levels of American adults. These stressors have led many to believe in unfounded explanations of events, situations, or conspiracy theories. This type of thinking blames the secretive work of sinister, influential people, involves complicated reasons, generally easily proven false, and relies on faulty logic, reasoning, and false evidence. Belief in conspiracy theories offers simple and often-sensationalized explanations for events we don’t fully understand, meets unconscious psychological and emotional needs, takes advantage of vulnerabilities caused by stress, fears, and anxieties, and provides a sense of community.
Presented by Shaelynn Farnsworth, National Director of Educator Outreach and Success, The News Literacy Project; Ebonee Rice, Vice President, Educator Network, The News Literacy Project; Dr. Cathy Collins, Technology Teacher/Librarian, Sharon Middle School (MA); Dr. James Stancil, Academic Support Specialist, Prairie View A&M University (TX); and Jeff Kaufman, Computer Science Teacher at a Title 1 School (NY)
Presented by Shaelynn Farnsworth, National Director of Educator Outreach and Success, The News Literacy Project; and John Silva, Senior Director of Education and Training, The News Literacy Project