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Media Literacy: Access, Analyze, Create and Act

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022
  • 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • Virtual through the Pima County School Superintendent's Office
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Are you interested in developing your media literacy expertise in your classroom or building as you focus on digital media, critical literacy, and developing practical skills to support student content creation? 

Media Literacy: Access, Analyze, Create and Act will provide the opportunity for teachers to work toward Media Literacy Certification through KQED Teach.  In a series of 5 sessions, teachers will asynchronously work on their choice of 8 different learning modules (2 per each two weeks).  At the end of each two week session we will meet virtually to collaborate, to troubleshoot, and to provide additional assistance. Each virtual session’s content will be guided by the needs of the participants. 

Each module requires an average of 6 hours to complete. The modules consist of short reading assignments and explorations, lesson plan development and implementation, and feedback from media literacy experts at KQED. The end goal is to become Media Literacy Certified after the five sessions, but participants determine their own pace and goals on an individual basis.

Dates:  January 11,25, February 8, 22, March 8, 29, 2021

Time:  4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Cost:  Free

Facilitator:  Cheryl Gerken

Cheryl Gerken is a former bilingual 4th-grade teacher and K-5 Librarian with 11 years of experience. She currently works for Arizona Public Media as the Educational Outreach Coordinator, focused on sharing free, high-quality PBS resources with teachers, schools, districts and community members through workshops and information sessions.  She has a passion for finding ways to inspire curiosity and student engagement in and out of the classroom and believes that critical literacy and critical thinking can be woven into every area of the curriculum at all grade levels. 

Cheryl holds an Master’s Degree in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona with an emphasis on critical literacy and social justice.  She also holds a K-8 Reading Endorsement. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona and is proud to be part of the Knowledge River cohort, focused on the support and information needs of Latinos, Native Americans and other people of color in a library setting.




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