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Contributed by Ari Kissiloff on 11/16/2012
Veteran New York State teacher and media literacy trainer at Project Look Sharp, Chris Sperry, presented at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY on October 19th on Reading for the 21st Century.
His presentation included approaches to critical thinking and 21st century literacy skills that address common core standards. Veteran New York State teacher and media literacy trainer, Chris Sperry, will model Project Look Sharp’s methods and free online materials that integrate media decoding into the core content in ELA, social studies, and science.
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.
Project Look Sharp now has 16 media literacy kits that include detailed teacher guides and lessons for classroom decoding of historic documents for K-12 classroom teachers through the college level. All kits are available free online with hard copy kits sold at cost through Ithaca College bookstore.
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.