SRL Hosts Eleventh Annual Teacher Workshop

Washington, D.C. – PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) is excited to announce its 2021 virtual professional development series for educators around the country. This event replaces our annual workshop in Washington, D.C., due to coronavirus pandemic.

This year, selected teachers will work alongside the Student Reporting Labs team and other public media professionals for a series of webinars from July 21 to July 23 to learn best practices for implementing SRL’s original video journalism and media literacy curriculum during the 2021-2022 academic year. 

This year’s workshop will focus on identifying the needs of educators facing a variety of teaching environments including going back to in-person learning, distance learning and a mix of both. Participants will focus on training for video production, storytelling and journalism, and strengthening SRL’s teacher communities with local PBS stations throughout the country. Teachers will also help national program leaders design assignment prompts and instructional tools to engage middle and high school students in the biggest issues of our time including the American Rescue Plan, climate change, mental health, and the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on education. 

“Creative teachers with a passion for student voice and civic journalism are our lifeblood,” says Leah Clapman, PBS NewsHour Managing Editor for Education. “Every year, we learn so much from new educators about the needs of local communities and innovative ways to engage teenagers, school leaders and families, especially during times of crisis.”

About Student Reporting Labs

Student Reporting Labs (SRL) creates transformative educational experiences through video journalism that inspire youth to find their voice and engage with their communities. SRL lesson plans, assignment prompts and instruction tools facilitate project-based learning that builds critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills. Follow Student Reporting Labs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Major support is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Media Contact

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