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Teacher workshop builds journalism skills
August 21, 2016

2016_teacher_workshopAugust 2016…A dozen teachers spent a day in late July to develop their journalism skills in a Healthy NewsWorks workshop.

The teachers from Philadelphia, Norristown, and Upper Darby will lead elementary and middle school health newspapers at their respective schools this fall. During the workshop, they shared their experiences in the Healthy NewsWorks program and discussed interviewing, writing, and research skills that their students acquire during the school year.

The workshop was developed and run by Deborah Stern, Ph.D., a professionally published curriculum writer and teacher educator. She serves as Healthy NewsWorks’ educational consultant.

Bryn Mawr College’s LILAC Civic Engagement office hosted the event. The Civic Engagement office has been a valued Healthy NewsWorks partner for several years.

“The workshop is a big step toward our goal of enabling more schools to use the Healthy NewsWorks model with their students,” said Marian Uhlman, Healthy NewsWorks director.

In the program, teachers become the key “editors” of their school health newspapers. Workshops will become an important component of providing information and support to teachers and community members who join the Healthy NewsWorks network.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.