We are all bombarded with hundreds of videos and links each day, from a variety of
sources that claim to be factual. But how do we separate the facts from the spin,
the signal from the noise? And how to we help our students – the next generation of
voters, workers and parents – make sense of it all? In this four-day, interactive
academy, you will learn how to help them develop and apply critical thinking skills
to judge the credibility and reliability of news reports. You'll learn from news professionals
and educational experts how to apply the best practices to give your students the
tools and vocabulary they need to understand and articulate the conclusions they
- Earn 20 CTLE hours in just four days with our hybrid schedule.
- Help your students earn a NYS Seal of Civic Readiness
- Receive The Feed, a weekly newsletter with fresh news literacy lessons and resources
ready for use in the classroom
- Hear presentations and participation in Q&A sessions with Michael Slackman, assistant
managing editor for The New York Times International, and Shira Epstein, associate
professor, City College of New York School of Education
- Get unlimited access to the News Literacy Digital Resource Center
This year's academy offers a hybrid learning experience and is scheduled as follows:
- July 11: In-person. The class meets on the Stony Brook University campus from 9:30 am to 4: 30 pm.
- July 12 & 13: Online. The class meets via Zoom from 10 am to 4:15 pm, with two breaks in between sessions.
- July 14: Online. The last class meets via Zoom from 10 am to 3 pm, with a one-hour lunch break.
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Participants will get a finalized schedule the week prior to the first session.