For Educators

Professional development

The News Literacy Project’s professional development (PD) programs emphasize teaching educators essential news literacy concepts they can integrate into the curriculum to provide their students with the abilities, knowledge and confidence to navigate an increasingly complex and ever-changing information landscape.

We offer compelling interactive workshops, on site or via webinar, for educators from a variety of subject area and grade levels, including librarians and technology/media specialists.

Whether you are new to the field of news literacy or want to expand the ways you integrate it into your curriculum, our professional development offerings can meet your needs.

We know news literacy

Our experienced staff includes former classroom educators and journalists who can address a variety of core topics. You will leave our sessions equipped with knowledge, strategies and resources to give students lasting news literacy skills.

Tailored to your needs

NLP offers six core topics for teaching news literacy as well as customized workshops and seminars. Choose one session on a core topic (up to 90 minutes) or combine sessions for a three-hour or six-hour immersion in news literacy professional development. Sessions include dozens of timely real-life examples, tips, tools and classroom-ready resources for teaching news literacy. NLP also offers certificates of attendance for educators. 

  • What it means to be ‘news-literate’ — an introduction to news literacy education: We’ll 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.
  • Teaching digital verification to spark news literacy learning: Dive into the tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of information and learn to create engaging fact-checking investigations that empower students to investigate and debunk viral content. Topics include learning to use reverse image searches to determine authenticity of photos and video; using archivers to explore deleted or changed content; developing critical observation skills to determine original context; and using Google Street View to confirm locations.

  • Evaluating the quality of standards-based journalism: Learn why students need to have an understanding of mainstay journalism concepts such as verification, fairness, accountability and independence — and how to build on that understanding in ways that empower students to identify credible news reporting and respond to coverage that is lacking in some way. 

  • Exploring the misinformation landscape: Learn how to teach students to move beyond the unhelpful term “fake news” to more precisely identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate and false information that they encounter. Explore motivations behind different types of propagators of misinformation and learn fact-checking basics to help encourage student learning. By teaching a deeper understanding of misinformation, students can become less susceptible to it and more likely to prioritize reliable, verified sources of news and information.

  • Understanding bias — a nuanced approach to a vital news literacy topic: 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. 

  • Using news literacy to drive civic engagement: Consuming, engaging with, sharing and creating information are the most fundamental and common civic actions that anyone can take. This session examines the connection between news literacy and civics and explores how news literacy learning can ignite civic engagement and improve civic literacy and reasoning. Educators leave with tips, ideas and strategies for using news literacy to supercharge a “consume/engage/create” cycle around timely issues. 

We offer several options for professional development events, including customized workshops and seminars. We also can give keynote addresses and presentations and lead discussions for general audiences.

Pricing for core professional development sessions

Virtual:

  • Three-hour/half-day virtual trainings are $500.
  • Six-hour/full-day virtual trainings are $1,000.

In-person:

  • Three-hour/half-day in-person trainings are $1,750 (U.S. travel included).
  • Six-hour/full-day in-person trainings are $2,500 (U.S. travel included).

We can prepare customized quotes for specific time frames, settings and topics.

For more information, email pd@newslit.org.

What people have to say

“This was by far the most valuable webinar I have attended EVER. Thank you so much for the information. The webinar was informative, professional and highly engaging.”

Laura Smith
Educator