In the fall of 2021, Humanities Texas held five webinars for social studies and English Language Arts teachers on teaching media literacy.
The webinars aligned with the TEKS. Each webinar in the series provided resources and strategies to help middle and high school students become informed citizens and critical consumers of news in multiple media. Topics included young adolescents' perspectives on journalism; "fake news" in U.S. history; teaching students to become expert readers of the news; video and visual media; and teaching strategies, assignments, and classroom activities.
Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinars were content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on developing effective pedagogical strategies.
The program faculty included Gwynne Ash (Texas State University), Megan Fromm (University of Maryland), Susanna Lee (North Carolina State University), Meghan Manfra (North Carolina State University), and Kirsten Ostherr (Rice University).
The institute schedule can be viewed here.
This online series was made possible with funding from the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Additional support was provided by the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.