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News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Jacquelyn Whiting, Library Media Specialist, Wilton High School, CT, Google Certified Educator Level 2, and Google Certified Innovator
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News literacy is a hot topic in the national media, not just in education. The lexicon is changing. Popular news outlets now routinely use phrases such as “different narrative,” “right version,” “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and “wrong information” to describe one another’s reporting. Six in ten Americans get their news from social media, and according to UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy, that is not a bad thing so long as news consumers are equipped to read intelligently: with skepticism and empathy. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School and Jackie Whiting, Library Media Specialist at Wilton High School, CT, share close reading exercises and activities for learners in grades 6-12.

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About the Presenters

Michelle Luhtala is the Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut and was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow her on Twitter @mluhtala.


Jacquelyn Whiting is a veteran educator with 25 years of experience as both a high school social studies teacher and a library media specialist. She is a Level 2 Certified Google Educator and Certified Google Innovator. She currently works as a library media specialist in the library learning commons at Wilton High School in CT. You can follow Jacquelyn on Twitter @MsJWhiting.




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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