ITHACA, NY- December 4, 2016
On Saturday Nov. 19 Cyndy Scheibe (Executive Director of Project Look Sharp) presented at the National Council of Teachers of English convention (NCTE) in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was held to discuss how teachers can advocate for themselves, their students, and their schools.
NCTE is an organization that is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Through the learning and teaching of English their mission is to: develop literacy, use language to construct personal and public worlds and achieve full participation in society. The theme of the conference was: “Faces of Advocacy.” It focused on the many ways teachers play the role of an advocate every day, whether it be through championing the future of an individual student or speaking up for a shift in national policy. A few of the sessions included in this theme were: Teacher Agency, Critical Literacy, and Diversity in Literature.
Cyndy presented with panelists Richard Beach, Allen Webb and Jeff Share authors of the book “Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference” which will be published in 2017 by NCTE and Routledge Press. Project Look Sharp’s approach and curriculum materials related to Climate Change are frequently referenced in the book.
Their presentation was titled: “A Media Literacy Approach to Climate Change and Sustainability.” The presentation focused on interactive media literacy activities with audience members which included:
- Having audience members do a quick Google search on the terms “climate change” or “global warming,” comparing the first 10 hits they got and discussing which sites they would click on first (and why), and which sites they would assume might be less credible (and why)
- Having teachers work in pairs to do one of the activities in the Global Warming kit on Discourse & Disinformation
- Showing the Constructivist Media Decoding video on the Project Look Sharp website with Chris leading the students through “The Great Global Warming Swindle” exercise
In addition to the panel presentation Project Look Sharp shared an exhibitor space with organizations who focus on international children’s literature, which overlapped with PLS’s Middle East Curriculum Kit.
“I interacted with more than 150 educators, giving them a bookmark, and in some cases other materials. We added nearly 50 new people to our list serve,” said Scheibe. The exhibitor display also featured curriculum kits such as Media Constructions of the Middle East and Media Construction of Global Warming along with other resources on the process of media literacy.
For more information about the event or curriculum, email email@example.com or call 607-274-3471.
Project Look Sharp is Ithaca College’s Media Literacy Initiative. Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking through media literacy in school curriculum and teaching. They do this through developing and providing lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for educators at all education levels. The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world.
From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Science and Human Performance, and Music.
Powered by Facebook Comments