NewsLit Nation Insider: Celebrate with us!

In recognition of their outstanding achievements, particularly during such a tumultuous time, NLP will honor its 2021 Educator of the Year, John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year and Gwen Ifill Students of the Year next month. Stay tuned for the announcement of the award recipients, and in the meantime please check out last year’s honorees. We recognize these individuals as having distinguished themselves in their commitment to news literacy in their classrooms, in their professions and in their daily lives. We also acknowledge their efforts as leading voices in support of news literacy education.
Celebrating news literacy change-makers banner with a golden trophy to the left with golden stars coming out of it
Join us on Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. ET to help us honor these incredible and deserving awardees during our annual Celebrating News Literacy Change-Makers event. You can register here. And thank you for your commitment to integrating news literacy skills and concepts into your work and curriculum.  

Professional Development
Join us for an upcoming NewsLitCamp®
Want to deepen your news literacy learning and help your students spot misinformation more easily? Join us for NewsLitCamp®, a free day-long professional learning experience primarily for middle and high school educators! 

On June 3 we welcome educators from around the country for a virtual, teacher-centered event featuring sessions led by journalists from The Wall Street Journal. Register here.  

If you are an educator in Minnesota, please join us June 15 for a NewsLitCamp featuring sessions with journalists from the Star Tribune. Sign up today to reserve your seat.  

These FREE programs are part of a series of NewsLitCamps held in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country. If you are interested in a NewsLitCamp in your area, please contact us at [email protected]. 

‘Misinfo May’ Student Contest
Checkology® educators, be sure to check out our student contest, “Misinfo May.” For this contest, students are asked to find a social media post about a current event from an account that is not a standards-based news organization, fact-check the post using any of the skills from the Check Center (e.g., reverse image search, lateral reading, critical observation, etc.) and, in a written response, tell us what they’ve learned.

Summer School Resources
Does the possibility of teaching summer school stress you out? No worries, NLP has you covered. Your students can dive into our customized Checkology courses, perfect for summer sessions. They are relevant, engaging, and aligned to both the C3 Framework and CCSSELA. Students will learn how to identify credible information, seek reliable sources and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods. Toss your planning worries aside and use our classroom-ready courses.

Upper Elementary Grades
We’re excited to announce the debut of a new upper elementary resource designed to help students learn the difference between fact-based and opinion-based statements. The lessons include a fun slideshow activity, handy flowchart, graphic organizer and other materials tailored for grades 4-6. This material is part of a growing collection of resources for students in these grades. And be sure to check out our critical observation challenge involving Elsa from Disney’s  Frozen. Please share with your colleagues.

“TRUST ME” Documentary
Don’t forget, the “TRUST ME” documentary and classroom viewing guide are still available. The documentary delves into manipulation and misinformation by exploring human nature, information technology and how news and media literacy can engender trust. Use the password NLP-Teacher to access the film. Our classroom viewing guide helps you use the film as a teaching tool and can be adapted to your needs. You can find the registration link and more information on Page 7 of the viewing guide.

Best regards,
Ebonee Rice, Vice President, Educator Network  
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