Media Literacy w/Project Looksharp

A unique PD experience

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Teach critical thinking to empower the culture of learning in your school!

Join the W-FL BOCES School Library System and Staff Development department as we partner with Ithaca College's Project Look Sharp to offer a unique online and in-person training for area educators. Explore the theory, models, materials, practice, and support needed to make inquiry-based media decoding a core component of your curriculum.


US teens spend on average more than 9 hours a day consuming media outside of school (Common Sense Media) and young children, about 5. In today’s hyper-polarized political and cultural climate, society clearly has a need for critical analysis and open-minded self-reflection.


In fact, state and national educational standards require schools to teach these skills to students. Media Literacy instruction is aligned with ISTE recommendations, CASEL SEL competencies, NYSED Social Studies Framework, NYS Media Arts standards, Next Generation ELA Learning Standards and Literacy Standards, the new School Counselor/Guidance Standards, as well as the National School Library AASL Standards. Teaching Media Literacy is every educator's responsibility!

What is media literacy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD9jhj6tM50

Combined In-Person & Online Class Format with Individual Coaching and Peer Support!


January: The course begins with an in-person training on Tuesday Jaunuary 15th that covers foundational pedagogy, models and materials for curriculum-driven media literacy integration. You'll then work on an integration plan for your classroom or context, with virtual support from Project Look Sharp trainers.


January through March: We'll connect through three 90-minute online classes and individual coaching, as you develop, practice, reflect on, and evaluate implementation strategies.


March: In this final full-day gathering on March 13, we'll share and synthesize our learning and discuss the integration of this approach into the Personalized Learning strategies.


You will spend some online-time in a small cohort team of 4 to 5 educators from the region to share implementation plans and experiences. School-based teams are encouraged to sign-up. Cost for both workshops and online course is $367 per participant. Lunch is included at in-person workshops in January and March.

Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College, working in collaboration with local school districts, New York State BOCES, the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and other national media literacy organizations. The project is designed to promote and support the integration of media literacy and critical thinking into curricula at all grade levels and across instructional areas, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of media literacy education in the schools.