Contributed by Ari Kissiloff on 09/28/2012
Chris Sperry, Coordinator of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp has received a grant for Integrating Teaching with Primary Sources into Media Literacy Education from the United States Library of Congress.
With the funding provided by this Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grant, educators from New York state will be able to effectively integrate media literacy into their various curriculums. Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, critically evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms. It is similar to information literacy and involves many components of technology literacy as well.
Mr. Sperry has taught middle and high school social studies, English and media studies for over 30 years in Ithaca, New York. He is the author of numerous curriculum kits related to global studies and U.S. history and articles about integrating media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum. He is the recipient of the National Council for the Social Studies 2008 Award for Global Understanding, and the 2005 National PTA and Cable Leaders in Learning Award for Media Literacy.