“The State Department grant specified that applicants needed to use Project Look Sharp’s unique approach to teach media literacy and critical thinking to Panamanian students as a part of their English language instruction,” said Chris Sperry, director of Curriculum and Staff Development at Project Look Sharp. “They crafted this grant with us in mind.”
“I received an email from the head of the National Association for Media Literacy Education saying, ‘I just saw this grant that’s based on Project Look Sharp’s approach’ and what’s funny was that, at that point, we hadn’t even heard of it,” said Cyndy Scheibe, executive director and founder of Project Look Sharp.
Having received the grant, the team at Project Look Sharp is currently designing two weeks of training for approximately 100 teachers and teacher-trainers in Panama during January 2021. This will enable the teachers to incorporate question-based media literacy decoding into their teaching of English language arts in schools throughout Panama.