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Newsela: Identifying Bias & Activating Critical Consciousness in Today’s Landscape

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Racial Injustice. Protests for Change, Living through a Global Pandemic. Bot Posts. Misleading Videos. Young people become journalists every day in the ways that they share news or channel social media for a cause. Now, more than ever, news and media literacy are critical to the development of informed, engaged participants in civic life who can enact lasting change. Join Newsela to explore how you can help your students become discerning consumers- and producers-of media and activate their critical consciousness in a time when it is needed most! During this session, you will gain knowledge on how you can approach this important work in the classroom (virtual or face to face) for students at all grade levels!

Ashley Hart is a Solution Architect at Newsela. She is a former Massachusetts Humanities Curriculum Supervisor who believes in providing students with curricular and content experiences that have “mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors” that inspire them to make a difference in the world. In her work at Newsela, she empowers leaders and educators across the Northeast to grow students who think, innovate and use their voices to enact change. Ashley holds an M Ed from Bridgewater State University and a BA in English and Secondary Education from Stonehill College.

Stephanie Canter is the New England District Partnerships Manager for Newsela and supports Maine, Massachusetts, NH, Vermont, and RI. Canter served as a school board member with a focus on social justice, equity, and innovation. She continues her civic engagement by working to enact anti racist local policies and training in the principles of Kingian Nonviolence.

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