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Inspire and enrich your teaching by engaging all students in rigorous and reflective analysis of rich media documents.

“I have found what I have learned through PLS to be invaluable!! Students feel comfortable sharing their ideas about a media piece without the pressure to produce a right or wrong answer. It gets students to think critically and more deeply about a topic, so that they can develop a more rational opinion of the situation based on evidence from the media. They can be active participants in their own learning.”

-- Elementary School Teacher
Binghamton, NY

We know that you’re passionate about teaching students to evaluate the accuracy and bias of different texts. While information literacy tends to focus on the advantages of credible sources, media literacy teaches students to analyze all forms of mediated information.

“I recommend a Project Look Sharp professional development since it is relevant in this age of media saturation. Students need help with analysis and construction of media and this PD helps to disseminate what we should do as educators to help them. I received amazing resources that I can use with a variety of classes.”

-- K-12 Librarian
Western New York

Project Look Sharp’s materials and PD trainings infuse critical thinking about all media messages while improving instructional practices for all subjects and levels to be more student-centered, inquiry-driven, evidence-based, and engaging for all students.

“I have found the work of Project Look Sharp to be of the highest caliber and right on-target. They’ve enabled me to see that media literacy does not have to be (and should not be) an add-on to the curriculum. Further, they’ve shown how this integration can engage students and encourage them to think critically.”

-- Media Services Coordinator

Prepare your pre-service teachers to master the critical competency of leading inquiry-based media analysis in all classrooms

“The introduction by Project Look Sharp was very detailed and presented with enthusiasm, making it easy to dive into the website and resources with the same enthusiasm. All of the materials are well thought out and easy to use. The teacher's guides are wonderful and I'm excited to use this resource in the field.”

-- Pre-Service Teacher Education Student
Cortland State University

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Fact Checkers: How Do They Decide?

In this media literacy activity students analyze fact checking websites for messages about their goals and processes for determining credibility.

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Drawing on over 30 years of classroom experience, we can relate to the demands teachers face and the unique needs of diverse students because we’ve been there and continue to stay involved in the classroom.

Watch Chris Sperry, our Director of Curriculum & Staff Development, lead a constructivist media decoding with students


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  • “This work's importance can't be overstated, and Project Look Sharp's passion, generosity, and open-mindedness for this topic is unsurpassed. Come to learn. Come to change. The practice of critically thinking about media and its role in our society will spark you to view the world in beautifully skeptical and unfailingly curious ways.”

    -- Kristen Machczynski, Research and Innovation
    GEMS World Academy-Chicago

  • “One of the most powerful pieces was how some of the students who struggled most with literacy skills and feeling comfortable participating in the classroom deeply engaged with this lesson. The whole class, but those kids especially, blew us away with their depth of thought and ability to analyze the media developed by Project Look Sharp.”

    -- Nicole Waskie-Laura, Director
    Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES

  • "What an impact my internship at Project Look Sharp had on me and my career/life path, igniting a passion for media literacy which evolved into a passion for health literacy. I weave media and health literacy into each class and have been working on research related to health literacy, medical mistrust, and related topics."

    -- Corinne McDaniels-Davidson, Director
    SDSU Institute for Public Health

  • “You couldn’t ask for a better model of how to integrate media literacy into a core curriculum area...Project Look Sharp has set the standard.”

    -- Faith Rogow, Founding President
    National Association for Media Literacy Education

  • “[Media Construction of War] is an excellent teaching tool, preparing students for a critical analysis of the media. It does not preach, but by asking provocative questions it leads students to think carefully and re-examine traditional ideas. In short, it fosters independent thinking, which, after all, should be the chief objective of a good education.”

    -- Howard Zinn, Historian
    Author of “A People's History of the United States"

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