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Master inquiry-based teaching practices that encourage all students to:

Share their perspectives
Reflect on their interpretations and beliefs
Demonstrate and deepen their understanding of subjects
Conduct evidence-based readings of multimodal texts
Expand their cultural competency
Hone their higher order thinking skills

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All our offerings are:

Interactive
Deeply engaging and created with the specific participants in mind
Led by Experts
Presented by internationally acclaimed educators with over 30 years of classroom experience
Experience Driven
Designed to highlight and build from educators experiences and insights
Data Driven
Research informed and continuously iterated to be relevant and thought-provoking

Offerings can be tailored to specific subjects and grade-levels, including:

Social Studies
Science
ELA
Health and Consumer Science

We accommodate varying grade levels and audiences as well:

Librarians
Early Elementary
Upper Elementary
Secondary

Over the past 15 years, educators who participated in our PD trainings responded with the following feedback:

92%
rated the overall quality of the PD as excellent
87%
said that the PD training met their needs as an educator with useful approaches and materials
91%
agreed that media literacy activities promote student engagement and student-centered learning
83%
said that media literacy approaches can be used to help teach more core content
93%
said that the handouts, resources and other materials provided by Project Look Sharp were excellent

Full Day Workshops

Give educators the motivation, frameworks, models and resources to begin integrating media literacy into their teaching.
Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking into the Curriculum
This foundational session introduces the core constructivist media decoding approach found throughout Project Look Sharp curriculum. It can be tailored to incorporate examples and specific teaching strategies best suited for particular grade levels and subjects. Free resources and example activities will be shared.
Healthy Strategies for Children and Teens in Today's Media Saturated World
 This engaging and interactive workshop explores today’s concerns about media use and digital safety within the contexts of child/adolescent development and research on media effects. Drawing on robust media literacy strategies, educators will learn how to facilitate evidence-based, inquiry-driven conversations that encourage youth to critically reflect on the media messages they consume and create.
Truth, Lies and Metacognition: Integrating News Literacy into the Curriculum
Democracy requires an educated and literate citizenship. This workshop provides guidelines and strategies for training our students to not only assess the credibility, accuracy, and bias of various news sources, but also to reflect on their interpretations and build their capacity to meaningfully take action online and in their communities.
Addressing Challenging Topics through Media Literacy
This workshop, informed by the more extensive course described below, helps educators become more confident in addressing controversial issues with their students through media literacy, metacognition, and critical thinking.
Duration 6-8 Hours
Mode In Person
Price $1,500
Max Participants 35
 
 

"Project Sharp has far exceeded my expectations with concrete materials that I can start using right away in my classroom. It's the best PD I've taken so far in my 8-year career." - High School Social Studies Teacher

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Courses

Fully support educators in implementing a media literacy lesson with ongoing support to create, execute and reflect on their classroom integration with feedback and revisions from trainers and peers along the way.
Challenging Topics
This robust course helps educators become more confident in addressing controversial issues with their students through media literacy, metacognition, and critical thinking. By participating in this course, educators will learn how to:
  • Align trending topics with larger learning goals to increase relevance and student engagement
  • Draw upon diverse media texts to portray expansive representations and perspectives
  • Scaffold discussions and lead document analysis activities to enhance critical thinking and empathy
  • Prevent and address emotional pain and unhealthy conflict through nonviolence techniques
  • Cultivate a safe learning environment where everyone feels heard and comfortable contributing
Analysis, Reason and Reflection: Teaching Students to Think in a Media-Saturated World
This engaging course provides the theory, models, materials, practice, and support needed to make inquiry-based media decoding a core component of the curriculum. By participating in this course, educators will learn how to:
  • Make teaching more engaging, relevant, and accessible for all students
  • Repurpose rich media documents to teach both core content and new literacy standards
  • Effectively use questioning and discussion strategies that foster habits of critical thinking
  • Facilitate self-reflection and civil discourse on conflicting truths about challenging topics
  • Become more student-centered, outcome-driven, creative and thoughtful educators
Duration 6 sessions (1.5hrs each)
Mode Hybrid or fully online
Price Please inquire for custom cost dependent on delivery mode, duration and participants
Max Participants 35

"I have been gifted with new strategies for teaching with tenderness, and how to address bias. I have also learned new and effective ways to ensure that every student actively participates. Rigor, relevance, and student buy in! This course has reaffirmed for me that I create a safe, collaborative learning environment. I now have new, vibrant methods that are immediately applicable. I have faith in my own teaching abilities and strategies again - No more self-doubt!" - High School Teacher, Challenging Topics Course

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Keynotes

Inform and inspire a wide audience on the importance of media literacy for preparing learners to take part in today's world.
Duration 30 - 90 minutes
Mode In Person
Price $1,000
Max Participants 500

"Wow! I can't wait to incorporate these ideas into lessons I am doing now. But the ideas for other lessons are rolling around in my head and I can't wait to connect with teachers to begin spreading media literacy throughout the staff." - High School Librarian

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Institutes

Ensure educators are confident in the new skills they learn by providing them time to create engaging media literacy activities and an integration plan, practice with peers, and receive feedback from trainers (May include a media production component)
Duration 3-5 days
Mode In Person and / or Hybrid
Price Please inquire for custom cost dependent on delivery mode, duration and participants
Max Participants N/A

“It was fantastic! Both Chris and Cyndy made the application of media literacy education real and plausible. The sample videos, the class discussions, and the kits were all very useful in demonstrating media literacy education, and it made me feel more confident in applying these methods in my own classes.” - Middle School Teacher, Summer Institute

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