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1 Building Bridges Between Expert Teachers and the Media Alexandra Fuentes Biology Teacher Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy, Washington, DC

2 3 Op-eds/articles 2x Panelist 3 Radio stories 3 Print stories Media Experience

3 2 Media training sessions 25 Number of teachers I’ve trained 200+ Number of teachers I’ve reached through presentations

4 Avenue for teachers to advocate for what students need. Avenue for the public to see students accomplish great things.

5 Why are teachers reluctant to engage with media? CAUTION Media is only interested in negative stories What if I s ay the wrong thing?. STOP : There may be backlash from Administration WARNING My classroom isn’t “news- worthy.”

6 Removin g Roadblo cks WARNING My classroom isn’t “news- worthy.” Expert teaching and learning is newsworthy and can push people to think differently. : Reframe the Conversation

7 CAUTION Media is interested in negative stories. The public wants to hear about student success stories. Students benefit from the validation that their voices matter. Removin g Roadblo cks : Debunk Stereotypes

8 Not every teacher can participate in the media process. Those who want to take part can find ways to make it happen. STOP : There may be backlash from Administration Removin g Roadblo cks : Find a way to make it work

9 Understanding how the media works goes a long way toward assuaging teachers’ fears. Teachers need to hear from their peers about positive experiences with media. Removin g Roadblo cks : Media training helps!

10 What the Press Can Do CAUTION Media is only interested in negative stories What if I s ay the wrong thing?. STOP : There may be backlash from Administration WARNING My classroom isn’t “news- worthy.” 1.Position teachers as the experts in education. 2.Produce positive stories about teachers and students.

11 Avenue for teachers to influence stakeholders and impact learning conditions for students. Avenue for the public to see teachers as experts Avenue for the public to see student successes.


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