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Contributed by Ari Kissiloff on 05/08/2014
Project Look Sharp will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with another webinar entitled “Media Constructions of Peace and Social Justice: Reflecting Diversity.” On May 22nd this webinar will go live from 7-8 EDT and will be free of charge.
Director of Curriculum and Staff Development Chris Sperry will lead registrants through an interactive lesson plan that focuses on media decoding, with an emphasis on the relationship between peace, justice and conflict studies. French pastor and peacemaker commented on the relationship between the three after he made efforts to protect Jews in a Nazi occupied France during World War II; “All who affirm the use of violence admit it is only a means to achieve justice and peace. But peace and justice are nonviolence…those who abandon nonviolence have no sense of history. Rather they are bypassing history, freezing history, and betraying history.”
In total, Project Look Sharp has four media kits that address topics related to peace and social justice including Media Constructions of War, Martin Luther King Jr., the Middle East, and Social Justice and Peace. After the presentation by Chris Sperry, Project Look Sharp’s curriculum writer, Sox Sperry will then lead participants through a visual tour of these kits, which can also be found for free at http://www.ithaca.edu/looksharp/.
This webinar will provide a resource for educators and teachers-in-training of techniques and curriculum materials that can be used in the classroom, and that provide a diverse range of documents and sources to be decoded. Through this webinar, participants will explore the ways in which these resources can be used to deepen critical thinking practices and encourage student engagement. This in turn creates a unique and innovative classroom environment where students are constantly challenged and encouraged to be curious and involved.
More information for this Memorial Day webinar can be found at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9a50mbl4fcdd852&llr=puivi6cab
Any additional questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the phone at 607-274-3471. If participants are unable to make the webinar, Project Look Sharp will also be recording the webinar and providing it for later access on the website.
Media Literacy materials and methodologies can integrate these 21st century skills and approaches into all subject areas and grade levels. Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp (www.projectlooksahrp.org) is a national leader in developing lessons and approaches for the integration of media literacy and critical thinking throughout the K-12 curriculum, tied to new standards and assessments.
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