Icon: Webinars
Date Recorded: May 8, 2023

Media Literacy: Research with Reliable Sources

Students conducting research can often get lost amid the vast amount of information before them and then find it challenging or too time-consuming to evaluate the quality of their sources–whether they be print, visual, or social media texts.
In this professional development webinar co-led by the Center for Civic Education and NOTICE News, teachers will engage with the reality of why students can often be too dependent on sources that seem reliable and learn to equip them to evaluate the quality of news and current event resources and the usefulness of the content within them. Teachers will also be given tools and activities to demonstrate to their students how valuable it is to ensure their research is of the highest quality.
Program Objectives
  • Connect for students how the quality of the resources they use leads to higher quality and more time-efficient output.
  • Provide a framework to evaluate the purpose of a source and how the content within the source functions.
  • Offer resources for fact-checking media sources in a world where articles cannot necessarily be taken at face value.
  • Bring high-level analysis to general research skills in interacting with sources.
About NOTICE News
NOTICE News is an interactive video platform for middle and high schools that delivers the latest news while teaching critical thinking and media literacy skills.


Amanda Krause
Director of Education

Amanda Krause is Director of Education for NOTICE News. She is publicly licensed in Secondary and Elementary Education, and works as the Director of Journalism at Lake Forest Academy in the Chicago area, where she teaches introductory and advanced journalism courses, serves as a member of the English faculty, and runs the student paper. She earned her B.A in English and American Literature from New York University in 2009 and completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Wisconsin, in 2012.

For several years, she has helped lead an Oral English Training Program in China for the professional development of teachers in Jiangxi Province and Chengdu. Recently, she earned a Certificate in Women’s Leadership from Cornell University and is beginning her Masters of Education Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer.

Emily Voss
Senior Manager of National Programs and Professional Development
Center for Civic Education

Emily Voss joins the Center from the museum field. She was most recently the Education Director at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier where she spent the past decade developing programs for adult professionals that invited engagement with America’s founding documents.

She also serves as Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics Education, Inc. through which she has coordinated the acclaimed We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program for students in Virginia. Ms. Voss holds a BA in History from Gettysburg College, and an MA in Museum Education from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY). She and her family currently reside in central Virginia.

Professional Development

The Center has offered high-quality educator professional development for decades. Today, we provide such opportunities through our partners in several states in addition to organized Center events, self-paced online courses, and special webinars.

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