The News Literacy Project’s professional development (PD) programs teach educators how to provide their students with the skills, resources and confidence to navigate an increasingly complex and ever-changing information landscape.
We offer compelling interactive professional development, on site or via webinar, for educators from a variety of disciplines, including librarians and technology/media specialists.
Whether you want to enhance your knowledge or approach to teaching news literacy or are new to the topic, our professional development programs 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 to give students lasting news literacy skills.
Tailored to your needs
We can provide both off-the-shelf and customized professional development. Choose one 90-minute session, or combine sessions for a three-hour or six-hour immersion in news literacy professional development. Sessions include dozens of real-world examples, tips, tools and resources:
- Introducing news literacy education: This session makes the case for news literacy as a vital 21st-century life skill and gives an overview of concepts and tools. It puts news literacy instruction in context, demonstrates how to integrate it into the classroom — using timely events and examples — and describes essential concepts and skills.
- Exploring the misinformation landscape: Learn how to teach students to stop using the term “fake news” and to identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate and false information that they encounter every day. We use examples of misinformation to engage students in news literacy and civic learning, and we introduce digital verification skills and tools for debunking manipulated and false images.
- 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.
- Teaching digital verification to spark news literacy learning: Dive deep into the tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of information and learn to create engaging fact-checking investigations that inspire students to investigate viral content online. Topics include using reverse image searches to determine authenticity; researching domain registration to discover a website’s owner; using archives to explore deleted or changed content; developing keen observation skills to detect false context; and using Google Street View to confirm locations. Access to NLP resources and classroom-ready examples is included.
- Evaluating the quality of standards-based journalism: This session introduces and explores the standards and ideals of quality journalism. Learn why students need to have an understanding of journalistic 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.
Pricing for stand-alone professional development sessions
- All virtual PDs (requested or NLP-promoted) are free of charge, up to 90 minutes.
- Three-hour/half-day trainings are $1,500 (this fee is used to cover NLP travel expenses).
- Six-hour/full-day trainings are $2,000 (this fee is used to cover NLP travel expenses).
We can prepare customized quotes for specific time frames, settings and topics.
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