"Newspaper Power" and how to use it as an effective teaching tool will be the focus of an upcoming Deseret News-sponsored training session for teachers.
Dennis Lythgoe, Deseret News chief columnist and former professor of history at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, will be the keynote speaker at the training session Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Murray High School, 5440 S. State.In addition, six mini work sessions, three designed for elementary and three for secondary teachers, will be offered.
Lythgoe is a self-described newspaper junkie who reads the Deseret News and various papers from around the nation daily. He has used newspapers as an enhancement to teach history to college students for 20 years.
"I wonder how people creatively and intelligently function in society if they do not read a newspaper and know the news of the day," Lythgoe said. " . . . I believe people make better decisions in life if they are informed."
Lythgoe, whose column appears three times each week in the Deseret News, will speak for 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session to help give teachers ideas on the effective use of newspapers in the classroom.
"We see the newspaper as a living textbook to supplement regular texts," said Sherry Madsen of the Deseret News Newspaper in Education Department. She is coordinating the training session.
Madsen said the session offers "all new" courses and has been designed so teachers can attend all three offerings for their grade levels.
For elementary teachers, the sessions include "Photos in the News," "Stock Market for Kids," and "Whole Language in the News."
For secondary teachers the topics are "Writing/Editing," "Health/ Sports/Medicine," and "Current Events: Then and Now."
Registration is $22 and includes the sessions, handouts, lunch and 120 classroom newspapers to order as desired.
One-half to one hour of state district credit is available for those doing follow-up projects. (Special arrangements have been made for Salt Lake and Jordan district teachers).
One hour of Weber State College graduate credit is available for an additional $20 fee.
For more information contact the Deseret Newspaper In Education Department at 237-2140.