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Presentation for Washington Yu Ying PCS

Sinjar, Iraq. Image by Paolo Pellegrin. Iraq, 2016.

Sinjar, Iraq. Image by Paolo Pellegrin. Iraq, 2016.

Shuttered train terminal in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y. Population is 261,310 and 30.7% live below the poverty level. Image by Matt Black. United States, 2015.

Afghanistan by Choice

Dr. Wahid Qaderi kisses his daughter outside of his home in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dr. Qaderi talks about his family's decision to leave Afghanistan in the film "Afghanistan by Choice." Image by Alexandria Bombach. Afghanistan, 2016.

Image by Greg Constantine. Bangladesh, 2012.

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

3) Pulitzer Center Education

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 Pulitzer Center Resources and Journalists


1. Exploring culture through religious awareness

2. Exploring societal hierarchies

3. Exploring Revolution


As you engage in the presentation, consider the following:

1) What are local connections to the issues being presented?

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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