Ithaca College Media Literacy Program Awarded Library of Congress Grant

ITHACA, NY — The U.S. Library of Congress has awarded Project Look Sharp — a media literacy program based at Ithaca College — a grant that will aid its work in helping educators effectively integrate media literacy into their classroom curricula.

The grant was awarded under the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program, which provides assistance to educational organizations who wish to incorporate TPS materials and methods into their existing education and professional development programs for teachers, librarians, media specialists and other K–12 educators.

With the grant, Project Look Sharp (PLS) staff, in coordination with BOCES, will deliver full-day workshops for school districts across Central New York. The workshops will train teachers to integrate 21st-century skills into the U.S. history curriculum through inquiry-based readings of engaging media documents. The grant will also allow Library of Congress resources and links to be incorporated into the PLS collection of over 180 free online lesson plans.

The grant will be administered by Chris Sperry, coordinator of curriculum and staff development for PLS. Sperry has taught middle and high school English, social studies and media studies for over 30 years and is the author of numerous curriculum kits related to global studies and U.S. history. He is the recipient of the 2008 National Council for the Social Studies Award for Global Understanding and the 2005 National PTA and Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award.

For more information, contact Jen Segal, Project Look Sharp Media Outreach Intern at

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