YALit Class

Spring is coming, so it must be time for the New Young Adult Literature class. I’ve included the MIDAS and JPLS course numbers on the enclosed graphic.  If you can share this with your teachers, that would be great.  The course is designed for anyone who likes books – what subject they teach doesn’t matter. Last year I had a PE teacher and a school counselor join!

Contact Cindy Mitchel Cindy Mitchell (cindy.mitchell@jordandistrict.org) for more information



The Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Division at JSC will be hosting an upcoming webinar entitled: Curiosity Rover Update & Preview to Mars 2020

Date:  June 9, 2020

Time:  12-1pm Mountain

Registration link:  https://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/interaction/webinars/webinar_detail.cfm?webinar_id=20


Join us for a FREE NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) interactive webinar.  This live interactive presentation will be for educators (formal and informal educators). NASA scientist and Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team member Dr. Elizabeth Rampe, will share her career path to NASA as well as her passion, knowledge and expertise about Mars, the MSL (Curiosity) Mission and preview the upcoming Mars 2020 Mission. The presentation will last approximately 40 minutes followed by an optional ~15-20 minutes of Q&A.  [Note: If you have family members at home that would like to join you as you participate in the event, they are welcome. Please provide details in your registration form.]

As this event is open to any interested formal or informal educators, when registering, participants are asked to identify their organization name (i.e. library name). 


Worth a re-post

Understanding bias: A nuanced approach to a vital news literacy topic – May 28th 
Bias is one of the most controversial and important subjects in news literacy. People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage — but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? What role do our own biases play in our perceptions of bias? In this session, we’ll help you teach this vital, complex topic in ways that empower students to meaningfully evaluate the fairness and impartiality of news coverage. 
Register: https://newslitproject.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dEGvrAoKS2Sv45ynB2p7Og


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Teaching digital verification to spark news literacy learning – May 21st 
Dive deep into the tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of information, and learn to create engaging fact-checking investigations that inspire students to investigate viral content. Topics include using reverse image searches to determine authenticity; researching domain registration to discover a website’s owner; using archivers to explore deleted or changed content; developing keen observation skills to detect false context; and using Google Street View to confirm locations. Access to News Literacy Project resources and classroom-ready examples is included. 
Register: https://newslitproject.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XCuUGtjUQZufWMfgnxoTkQ