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Stony Brook University Awards Grant for Baldwin UFSD's News Literacy Program

Only Two Districts Selected for 2020-2021 School Year

Baldwin UFSD was just one of two districts on Long Island to be awarded a grant for the 2020-2021 school year from Stony Brook University to infuse news literacy throughout the social studies and English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum in both the middle and high schools. Baldwin UFSD was selected based on the proposed news literacy program submitted by the administration.

Last year, after hearing about the innovative initiatives taking place across the district, Howie Schneider, the program director for Stony Brook’s Center for News Literacy and former Newsday reporter, had reached out to superintendent of schools, Dr. Shari L. Camhi, directly, to inform her of the grant opportunity, after which Baldwin UFSD applied.

As part of the grant, several administrators and teachers attended the four-day News Literacy Summer Institute hosted by Stony Brook, where they received extensive training on the foundational lessons. The esteemed program designed the lessons to help students develop critical thinking skills in order to judge the reliability and credibility of information, whether it comes via print, television or the Interneta critical skill to harness in the digital age. The district embeds these lessons into the English Language Arts and Social Studies classes for grades 6-12, beginning this past September. Throughout the year, students will learn how to identify different types of misinformation, ultimately becoming fluent in investigative and ethical reporting. In addition, the district aims to launch a college-level news literacy course next year for high school students to receive college credit from Stony Brook University.