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Over 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years, in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education is 11/6/15. Register today!

Join us for the 18th Annual SymposiumTragedies and Current Events: Helping Students Understand What They See, Read, and Hear in the News.

Friday November 6, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Networking reception to follow

Technological and social advances made during the twentieth century have resulted in increases in the immediacy and graphic nature of mass media coverage of current events.

  • What are the psychological and physical effects of news consumption on school-aged students?
  • How can teachers equip students to be smart consumers of news?
  • What protocols can schools develop to help students cope with a tragic event when it occurs?

Expert speakers from the fields of psychology, news literacy, and education will provide topical, cutting-edge perspectives from their fields of study in three 20-minute TED-style talks. An audience-driven, moderated Q&A will follow.

Tickets are free! Click here to register and for more details

Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at San Antonio
Topic: The Psychology of Media Impact

Michael A. Spikes
Director, Digital Resource Center
Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University

Topic: Teaching News Literacy

Dana Weeks
Head of School, Germantown Friends School
Topic: School Protocols to Address Tragic Events

Taunya English
WHYY Senior Health Writer for “The Pulse,” WHYY’s weekly radio show on health, science, and innovation