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Michael Spikes - Civics Education
Michael Spikes discusses how the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University (New York) became involved with the training of civics teachers around the state of Illinois as part of the professional training component of Illinois's new Civics Law. Michael talks about the curriculum used, what teachers and students should be looking for when analyzing news, and how to critically consume information with the ultimate goal of becoming more informed and engaged as citizens. This news literacy training took place over a five year period. Spikes also reviews other news projects, including Friendship News, Youth Voices, and Know Your Neighborhood.