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February 23, 2021

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4:00pm EDT

Teaching students about the difference between fact and fiction is more important than ever. As students continue to learn from home they have a wealth of information at their finger tips. Future Ready Librarians®, instructional leaders, and all educators need to be intentional about teaching and modeling news literacy skills.

According to Common Sense Media, news literacy is “recognizing that quality, credible, independent news and journalism are critical components of any free and democratic society. News and politics have been reshaped by social media and 24-hours news entertainment. As a result, there’s a lot of crossover between what we think of as news literacy, media literacy, and digital citizenship.”

Our guests are expert librarians who are helping students identify fact from fiction. Tom Bober is author of Building News Literacy: Lessons for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in Elementary and Middle Schools and Michelle Luhtala co-authored News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News.


During the webinar, the guests discussed how to

  • recognize the difference between fact and fiction,
  • identify reliable news sources,
  • distinguish between news and audience bias, and
  • teach skills to support analytical thinking.



  • Tom Bober, School Librarian/Library Coordinator, The School District of Clayton (MO) (@CaptainLibrary)
  • Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chairperson, New Canaan Public Schools (CT) (@mluhtala)
  • Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Librarians® Spokesperson, K–12 District Teacher Librarian, Van Meter Community School (IA) (@shannonmmiller) (moderator)

For questions about the webinar, contact Lia Dossin.


Future Ready Librarians® program is sponsored by Follett.