Project Look Sharp to Return to Kendal Ithaca for Another Year

Ithaca, NY- On Wednesday March 26, Project Look Sharp presenter Sox Sperry will return to the Kendal at Ithaca community to present on sustainability and water issues after a successful showing last year.

This presentation will be an interactive introduction to Project Look Sharp’s method of engaging learners through media message analysis. Entitled: “Who Says the Water Quality is Just Fine? How the Media Spins Sustainability”. The focus will be on media representations of environmental sustainability, especially in the area of watershed stewardship.  Sperry will engage participants and lead them in a critical thinking process designed to help better understand conflicting media messages about the protection of water resources.  The presentation will take place in the Kendal auditorium and will begin at 7:15 pm. Any further questions can be fielded to Sox Sperry at looksharp@ithaca.edu

Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking and media literacy into the teaching of core content in multiple subject areas.  They do this through developing and providing lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for educators at all education levels. The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world.

Project Look Sharp has consistently received very positive feedback from well-respected individuals within the media community. The late historian Howard Zinn praised Project Look Sharp’s work for how it changes the way students think, saying “it fosters independent thinking, which, after all, should be the chief objective of a good education.” After reviewing Look Sharp’s early curriculum kits, preeminent journalist Bill Moyers commented “I wish that I had these materials when I was in school.”

Project look Sharp is Ithaca College’s Media Literacy Initiative. From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Science and Human Performance,

 

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For more information, please contact Tyra Mazzer, Media Outreach Intern at

looksharp-mktg@ithaca.edu.

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Project Look Sharp to Present at the South Central Regional Conference in Binghamton

Ithaca, NY- According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8 to 18 year olds in the US spend nearly 8 hours a day engaged with media. Because of this reality, it is important that our classrooms address contemporary forms of communication if they are to be relevant and engaging platforms for teaching 21st century literacy. On Saturday March 14, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp Chris Sperry will present two workshops on Media Literacy in the 21st Century, with one focusing on ELA and Social Studies, and the other on STEM.

Currently, the Common Core ELA standards, the National Council for the Social Studies new C3 Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards all call for a shift to inquiry-based teaching and learning that emphasizes critical thinking skills, student questioning, and evidence based analysis of sources. At the South Central Regional Conference, Chris Sperry will hold two workshops focusing on these areas. Session A will take place from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m., entitled: Media, Literacy, Critical Thinking and 21st Century Literacy: ELA and Social Studies Focus. This workshop will engage attendees in a fast paced environment, and model inquiry-based media decoding, tie this methodology to Common Core Standards for ELA, and share integration models for Social Studies and English. Session B will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m., entitled Media Literacy, Critical Thinking and 21st Century Literacy: STEM Focus, where integration models will be tied to Common Core literacy standards into science. Both workshops will provide participants with access to Project Look Sharp’s free online lessons, kits and professional development videos for integrating media literacy and critical thinking into the New York State curriculum from early elementary through college.

Media Literacy materials and methodologies can integrate these 21st century skills and approaches into all subject areas and grade levels.  Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp (www.projectlooksharp.org) is a national leader in developing lessons and approaches for the integration of media literacy and critical thinking throughout the K-12 curriculum, tied to new standards and assessments.

Chris Sperry is a 30+ year New York State social studies, ELA and media teacher and Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp at Ithaca College.  He is an award winning teacher, teacher trainer and the author of many curriculum kits integrating media literacy into the K-12 curriculum.

 

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For more information, please contact Tyra Mazzer, Media Outreach Intern at looksharp-mktg@ithaca.edu.

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Project Look Sharp and ICSD Team up to Help Montessori Schools

Ithaca, NY – On November 11 2013, the entire teaching at the Elizabeth Anne Clune (EAC) Montessori School in Ithaca New York participated in a full day training that focused on the integration of media production and analysis into core curriculum. Chris Sperry facilitated the workshop as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Ithaca College’s media literacy initiative, Project Look Sharp (www.projectlooksharp.org).  Both Project Look Sharp and the Ithaca City School district are excited to be bringing their professional experience to help out the local Montessori schools.

Over the coming summer, four other Montessori staff members will attend a 5-day training initiative facilitated by Project Look Sharp joined by Principal of EAC Laura Gottfried. It was after attending a similar session that she decided media literacy work should be expanded school wide. Gottfried considers media literacy to be the 21st century extension of the Practical Life curriculum that was, and is, the cornerstone of the Montessori method today.

“We are living in the midst of an explosion of multi-media technologies that have transformed human communication. To be literate in this century requires the ability to communicate in codes more varied than orthography.” Gottfried said, “To prepare children for the world they will actually live in now requires an education that gives them the tools to decode and encode messages of all kinds.”

The EAC staff is highly engaged and excited about moving this work forward, and will participate in additional workshop sessions throughout the year, such as on April 1 and May 6, 2014, where Sperry will introduce the entire EAC teaching staff to the theory and practice of media literacy curriculum. Then, on August 25 Project Look Sharp will bring in a nationally renowned name in media literacy, Faith Rogow, who helped co-write “Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy” with Project Look Sharp Founder Cyndy Shiebe to lead a full day training. http://www.ithaca.edu/looksharp/?action=TGML

“At first glance it seems incongruous that a Montessori school would even consider delving into the digital world,” Gottfried notes, “and yet, at EAC we now consider a substantial media literacy curriculum to be an essential component of a well-balanced education precisely because we are a Montessori school.”

Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking and media literacy into the teaching of core content in multiple subject areas.  They do this through developing and providing lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for educators at all education levels. The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world.

Project look Sharp is Ithaca College‘s Media Literacy Initiative. From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Science and Human Performance,

 

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For more information, please contact Tyra Mazzer, Media Outreach Intern at looksharp-mktg@ithaca.edu.

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Project Look Sharp ACEs Keynote Presentation

Ithaca, NY- On Saturday February 8, Project Look Sharp directors and award-winning teachers Cyndy Scheibe and Chris Sperry visited the participants of SUNY Cortland’s Access to College, or ACE program to share a keynote presentation entitled “Media Literacy.”

The ACE program is a community outreach service sponsored by SUNY Cortland, and works to provide students from grades 8-12 with resources and services that help foster the educational aspirations to those who may otherwise be limited socially or economically. Throughout the school year, and over the summer, ACE offers educational and cultural programs for both students and parents that are designed to appeal to a variety of interests and abilities from within the student body. Additionally, these events aim to excite the students about higher education opportunities, and allow them to become involved at an early age.

The keynote “Media Literacy” focused on the integration of critical thinking and media literacy into the teaching of core content in the classroom. Through developing and providing lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for educators at all education levels, Project Look Sharp aims to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world.  This presentation not only received favorable reception from the attendees, “the keynote speaker was excellent- very interesting, with a lot of helpful tips and resources”, but also had them looking forward to what was next, as one attendee said it provided “great tools for the future.”

Project look Sharp is Ithaca College’s Media Literacy Initiative. From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for personal and professional success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and offers over 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Science and Human Performance, and Music.

 

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For more information, please contact Tyra Mazzer, Media Outreach Intern at looksharp-mktg@ithaca.edu.

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Cortland Educator’s Conference Teams Up With Project Look Sharp

Ithaca, NY- On Saturday, March 8 the Cortland Educator’s Conference will work in collaboration with Ithaca College’s media literacy initiative, Project Look Sharp on a daylong conference.

Entitled “Media, Critical Thinking and the Common Core in Our Classrooms,” Project Look Sharp directors and award-winning teachers Cyndy Scheibe and Chris Sperry will work with educators to present the theory and practice of integrating media literacy into K-12 curricula, with a focus on literacy and critical thinking skills. At the conference, participants will be provided with access to free online resources, as well as inspiration for how to apply this work to their context.

The conference will take place at Homer Intermediate School on 58 Clinton Street in Homer, NY (13077), and will run from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm. Registration will take place the same day, from 7:30 am to 8:15 am. For teachers, administrators and the educational community, registration will cost $25. For support staff, paraprofessionals and students, registration will cost $15. Both fees include refreshments, lunch and workshop materials. Please visit http://www.projectlooksharp.org/events/PLS-Cortland-March2014.pdf for the registration form and for additional information.

Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking and media literacy into the teaching of core content in multiple subject areas.  They do this through developing and providing lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for educators at all education levels. The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world.

Project Look Sharp has consistently received very positive feedback from well-respected individuals within the media community. The late historian Howard Zinn praised Project Look Sharp’s work for how it changes the way students think, saying “it fosters independent thinking, which, after all, should be the chief objective of a good education.” After reviewing Look Sharp’s early curriculum kits, preeminent journalist Bill Moyers commented “I wish that I had these materials when I was in school.”

 

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For more information, please contact Tyra Mazzer, Media Outreach Intern at looksharp-mktg@ithaca.edu.

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Project Look Sharp Collaborates with Local Montessori School

Ithaca, NY – On November 11, the teaching staff at the Elizabeth Anne Clune (EAC) Montessori School in Ithaca New York participated in a full day training that focused on the integration of media production and analysis into core curriculum. Chris Sperry facilitated the workshop as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Ithaca College’s media literacy initiative, Project Look Sharp (www.projectlooksharp.org),.

This past August, Principal of EAC Laura Gottfried was joined by four other Montessori staff members at a 5-day training initiative facilitated by Project Look Sharp. It was after attending this session that she decided media literacy work should be expanded school wide. Gottfried considers media literacy to be the 21st century extension of the Practical Life curriculum that was, and is, the cornerstone of the Montessori method today.

“We are living in the midst of an explosion of multi-media technologies that have transformed human communication. To be literate in this century requires the ability to communicate in codes more varied than orthography.” Gottfried said, “To prepare children for the world they will actually live in now requires an education that gives them the tools to decode and encode messages of all kinds.”

During this Fall’s full day training, Sperry introduced the entire EAC teaching staff to the theory and practice of media literacy curriculum. Gottfried and the EAC staff who attended the summer institute also gave presentations about their media initiatives. After, teachers met in teams to discuss their views on how media literacy could be incorporated at EAC.

“At first glance it seems incongruous that a Montessori school would even consider delving into the digital world,” Gottfried notes, “and yet, at EAC we now consider a substantial media literacy curriculum to be an essential component of a well-balanced education precisely because we are a Montessori school.”

The EAC staff is highly engaged and excited about moving this work forward, and will participate in more workshop sessions throughout the year. Additionally, the upcoming Summer 2014 institute at Ithaca College will attract new crop of EAC teachers to participate in Project Look Sharp’s training initiatives.

Project Look Sharp supports the integration of critical thinking and media literacy into the teaching of core content in multiple subject areas.  They do this through developing and providing lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for educators at all education levels. The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today’s world.

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