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Presentation for The Inspired Teaching School

Pre-workshop Check In: 1) Have you had a journalist in your classroom before? (yes/no)   2) On a scale of 1 to 4, how often do you discuss global issues in your class? (1- not at all, 4-very often)   3) On a scale of 1 to 4, how often do you use reporting in your class? (1- not at all, 4-very often)
  4) What are barriers that make it hard to use global issues in your classroom?   Warm up:

1) Turn and talk: What global issues do you hope to explore with your students this year?


Introducing the Pulitzer Center: Our Mission and What We Do

1) Our Mission:

The Pulitzer Center promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its support for qualityinternational journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.

2) Reporting from Pulitzer Center Journalists

The Inspired Teaching School has connected students to journalists covering media representation of African countries, the lasting impacts of government-mandated residential schools on native communities in Canada and the design of circus programming to combat depression and hopelessness in the Canadian Arctic.

3) Pulitzer Center Education

Over the past two years, we have collaborated with The Inspired Teaching School to create photography exhibitions inspired by international reporting. 

Our goals for today:

Teachers will...

1) Learn about the Pulitzer Center and its education resources
2) Meet with a professional journalist and engage in his reporting through discussion and a Q&A
3) Reflect on how they can globalize their own curriculums using Pulitzer Center resources
4) Explore the Lesson Builder and start a lesson plan that uses Pulitzer Center journalism

Introducing Senior Producer Steve Sapienza

As you engage in the presentation, consider the following:

1) What are local connections to the issues Steve is presenting?

2) What was interesting/surprising about the reporting of these projects?

3) How could journalism support my students' learning goals? 

Exploring the Lesson Builder/Pulitzer Center Resources

Exploring the Lesson Builder

1) Go to www.pulitzercenter.org/builder

2) Create an account

3) Browse a model lesson and select one to adapt by clicking "Use this lesson" and then "modify this lesson"

4) Create your own short lesson plan idea by doing the following:

  • Click "Create Lesson"
  • Create a working title for your lesson
  • Search for Resources
  • Write in student instructions

1) Turn and Talk: How can you incorporate global reporting into your class next year? What are the next steps?

2) One word closing 

Final Evaluation

1) On a scale of 1 to 4, how easy was it to use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder? (1-very difficult to 4-very easy)

2) What elements of the Lesson Builder did you find the most useful?

3) What was challenging/frustrating about using the Lesson Builder?

4) On a scale of 1 to 4, how likely are you to use the Lesson Builder to write lessons and units for your classes next year (1-not likely to 4-very likely)

5) On a scale of 1 to 4, how likely are you to use the Lesson Builder to look for completed lesson plans that you can use or adapt? (0-not likely to 4-very likely)

6) What did you enjoy and learn from today's workshop?

7) What would you change about today's workshop?



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