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Citizen Literacy

Professional Development Series for Upper Elementary through High School Teachers

Join us for a FREE, professional development series for upper elementary through high school teachers of literacy, social studies, and humanities. Attend one, two, or all three sessions. PGP certificates will be provided. Each session includes dinner (4:30-5:00 p.m.) before the session (5:00-7:00 p.m.) in room 1142, Lawson Computer Science Building, Purdue University. Free parking is available across the street.

  • Session 1: Critical Media Literacy and Fake News — Monday, Oct. 1st
    Virtual Presenter: Sarah McGrew, Stanford University
    Focus: Citizens must effectively navigate and evaluate online media and information sources.
    Goals: strategies for evaluating sources, helping students develop healthy skepticism and critical reading skills.
  • Session 2: Civil Discourse in the Classroom — Monday, Nov. 5th
    Virtual Presenter: Facing History and Ourselves
    Focus: Citizens must be able to rationally and respectfully discuss issues on which they disagree or come from different perspectives and background experiences.
    Goals: Learn strategies for helping students be comfortable expressing their ideas respectfully, fostering an environment of respectful listening, taking on multiple perspectives.
  • Session 3: Argument Writing — Monday, Feb. 4th
    Presenters: Carrie Gaffney and David Lawson of the Hoosier Writing Project with Kerri Hoffman of CLEAR
    Focus: Citizens must be able to express a position and support it with relevant and accurate information.
    Goals: Learn strategies for teaching argument writing from Hoosier Writing Project presenters.