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NIE Workshops for Educators

The News-Journal is proud to announce the following workshops which can be offered at your site after school hours, on duty days, and/or as a part of your school improvement early release days. Research has consistently shown that newspaper use positively impacts student achievement. Workshops can be scheduled by calling NIE Coordinator, Kristen Sternberg at 386-681-2436.

These are workshop forms currently available for you to print out:

Harry Potter, the Trojan Horse and Newspapers:
It All Depends on How You Look at It!
I´m a Fairy Tale Character

Social Studies:
Election-Related Newspaper Activities
Getting Connected
Meet U.N.A.G.
M.V.P. (Mysterious Visiting Person)
Mysterious Visiting Person - 2
Paper Chase for History
Philleas Fogg
Who Am I?

Language Arts:
Fiction Writer´s Workshop

Faculty meeting or departmental/house presentation
This mini-workshop, tailored to fit needs of the group, briefly lists resources, services and activities that help teachers use the newspaper as an integral part of their curriculum. Teachers have an opportunity to order electronic newspapers for use in their classroms.

Introduction to using the newspaper
This introductory workshop gives hands-on experiences for teaching about and with the newspaper. In addition to lists of activities and workshop handouts, teachers receive one print resource appropriate for use with their students. (1-3 hours)

Family focus parent workshop: Reading and learning together
This workshop for parents is ideally suited to PTA/PTO meetings or other parental and community settings. It provides a variety of activities parents can use to improve their childrens’ reading and writing using the newspaper. Each person in attendance receives a FAMILY FOCUS resource guide.

Teaching reading and writing skills using the newspaper
This workshop for intermediate and middle school teachers features hands-on experiences which provide exciting models for improved reading and writing. NIE strategies deal with developing integrated, whole language models for instruction. Participants select at least one NIE resource.

Improving social studies through the newspaper
This workshop for middle school teachers features hands-on experiences that teach a variety of social studies concepts with special emphasis on the CCC curriculum. In addition to workshop handouts, each participant receives a resource guide for his/her particular curricular focus.

Improving mathematics through the newspaper
This workshop for intermediate and middle school teachers features a variety of hands-on experiences that teach and reinforce computational and conceptual skills in mathematics. In addition to workshop handouts, each participant receives a math curriculum guide.

Improving science through the newspaper
This workshop for intermediate and middle school teachers features hands-on newspaper-related activities which help make science concepts real and understandable. Teachers learn how to build a "bin system" for on-going study of science issues and events. In addition to workshop handouts, participants receive a science-related curriculum guide.

Alternative education and the newspaper
Educators who work with potential dropouts or other students for whom the traditional curriculum is not appropriate may attend any of the workshops listed above or request a specialized session which focuses on self-concept and thinking skills development as well as problem-solving and decision-making strategies using the newspaper. Participants receive the Survival Skills curriculum guide.

Special education and the newspaper
Exceptional student educators can attend any of the workshops above or request a specialized workshop which focuses on self-concept and skill improvement. Participants receive SPECIAL EDUCATION AND COOPERATIVE LEARNING curriculum guide.

Creating a classroom newspaper
This workshop gives practical strategies for beginning a classroom or school newspaper designed to improve students´ thinking and writing skills. In addition to workshop handouts, each participant will receive the guidebook, Creating a Classroom Newspaper.

Newspaper ideas for the media center
This workshop for media specialists provides a variety of media center activities that use the daily newspaper to improve students´ knowledge, attitude, and skills. It includes ideas for using THE MINI PAGE and the MEDIA MAGIC TREASURE HUNT.

Teaching thinking skills using the newspaper
This workshop, keyed to Bloom´s taxonomy and some of the latest thinking skills research, provides strategies and activities that generate higher level thinking skills by students. Some activities which reinforce problem-solving and decision-making skills are included. Participants select an appropriate NIE resource to take away with them.

High school workshops using the newspaper
NIE workshops tailored to a particular subject area may be scheduled. Among those available are: TEACHING NIE GEOGRAPHY (OR HISTORY, ECONOMICS, FLORIDA STUDIES, GOVERNMENT, ETC.); TEACHING NIE LANGUAGE ARTS (OR LITERATURE, WRITING, JOURNALISM, SPEECH, ETC.); TEACHING NIE MATHEMATICS (OR ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY, GENERAL MATH, ETC.); TEACHING NIE SCIENCE (OR BIOLOGY, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, ECOLOGY, ETC.)

Tailor-made workshops
You tell us what you want and we´ll try to meet your needs.