Media Literacy: “Ethics & Civil Discourse: Rediscovering Truth”



Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) have joined forces with WGBH to offer an exciting professional learning event focusing on media literacy and its importance in education today.


This informal event will be held at The Education Cooperative (TEC) in East Walpole. We will open with appetizers, followed by a keynote address from Sarah Childress, Senior Reporter for the WGBH FRONTLINE team. Attendees will then have the opportunity to attend one breakout session planned by librarians, instructional technology specialists, and classroom teachers. Join us for the low price of $35.

Keynote Address

Sarah Childress is a Senior Editor & Director of Local Projects for FRONTLINE. Previously, she covered Iraq for Newsweek, sub-Saharan Africa for The Wall Street Journal and edited reporters in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America for GlobalPost. Her work has also been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Sarah graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy.


hors d’oeuvres 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Keynote Address  5:00 – 5:50 PM
Session 1 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Session 2 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Session 3 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Session 4 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Choose from one of four session offerings!

Session 1

Spot the Fake: Using fake news to strengthen 5th graders’ information literacy skills

Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers

Presented by Lisa Rogers, Wellesley Public Schools

Fake news isn’t new: deliberate misinformation–disinformation–in the form of propaganda, hoaxes and pranks–has been around for centuries. Today, disinformation is trickier than ever to identify, viral in scope, and often irresistible in its lure. By introducing students to famous hoaxes from history, teachers can help students begin to think critically about what they read, see, and hear. Lisa will showcase a series of lessons used with fifth grade, along with suggestions for extending lessons to upper grades.

Lisa Rogers is a librarian at the John D. Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley and a former daily news reporter and editor. She has a BA in English literature from The College of William and Mary, an MA from Boston College in English Literature and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of the picture book, 16 Words: William Carlos Williams and The Red Wheelbarrow (Schwartz and Wade, Fall, 2019).

Session 2

Media Literacy: Can you believe everything you read?

Presented by Donna Miller & Liz Healy, Norwood Public Schools

From an elementary perspective, fake news, media literacy, and lessons on website evaluation. How can we keep our students from believing everything they read while online?

Donna Miller

Donna Miller

Donna Miller is a K-5 Library media teacher in Norwood, and has been teaching for almost 20 years. She loves using technology in the library and trying new things with my students to keep them engaged. She also enjoys reading, walking her  labradoodle, and riding her bike.

Liz Healy

Liz Healy

Liz Healy is a fourth-grade teacher in Norwood and teaches in an inclusion classroom. Technology has been a huge benefit to her and her students. She is better able to help all of her learners successfully access the curriculum based on their strengths. She likes to think they have fun too!

Session 3

Spot the Fake: Using fake news to strengthen students’ information literacy skills (grades 7-12)

Presented by Deeth Ellis, Boston Latin School

Deeth Ellis

Deeth Ellis

Fake news isn’t new: deliberate misinformation–disinformation in the form of propaganda, hoaxes and pranks–has been around for centuries. Today, disinformation is trickier than ever to identify, viral in scope, and often irresistible in its lure. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the signs of “fake” news and the strategies to critique and question internet sources in a global context, try out online evaluation tools that can be used with their students in grades 7-12, and access a curated array of resources that can be used for their own media literacy lessons and/or be co-taught with classroom teachers.

Deeth Ellis has been the head librarian at the Harry V. Keefe Library at Boston Latin School since 2013. She received her B.A. in History at Bennington College in Vermont, a M.L.S. at Simmons College, and an administrative license from Boston University through The Education Cooperative.

Session 4

Middle School Media Literacy: Critical Thinking Opportunities Using Current Events

Presented by Anne O’Malley, Walpole Public Schools

Anne O'Malley

Anne O’Malley

How well can you tell real news from fake news? Use the 5Ws to evaluate headlines as well as analyze websites for reliability and trustworthiness. Learn how media literacy activities can be incorporated throughout the curriculum. Discover online resources that students can use to create their own media and act on current issues.

Anne O’Malley is the Library Media Specialist at Bird Middle School in Walpole. In addition to teaching an Information and Media Literacy class to seventh graders, she collaborates with academic teachers to prepare students for class research projects in grades 6-8. The best part of her job is talking to students about books.



Sponsorship includes:

  • Banquet table for materials
  • Two complimentary registrations
  • Recognition before keynote along with 1-minute time slot to address attendees
  • Logo on website 3 months prior and up to event


Expected Demographics

We expect 80 educators (Integration Specialists, Classroom Teachers, Content Coordinators, etc.) for this event.

Please contact Shelley Chamberlain, Executive Director of MassCUE, for more information.

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