Each school year, the Bullis Parent Association sponsors an enrichment program in hopes to further enhance the school’s curriculum. The sponsorship gives creative opportunities to the faculty to propose and pursue events and speakers to come in and enrich the mindset of the students in a way that textbooks or lessons cannot.
This year, the Parents Association Faculty Enrichment Grants Program granted a total of $13,066.37 to nine grant programs for the 2017-2018 school year. A representative from the PA board stated that “the feedback from the committee members was very positive: everyone was exceedingly impressed with the creativity, care, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness that the teachers had put into their applications”.
One of the nine grant programs that will be happening this year is called “The News Literacy Project: How to Know What to Believe”, which was proposed to the board by Ms. Clarke and Mr. Kosegarten. The program will take place over the course of two days, January 11th and 12th. On the first day of the program, Ms. Clarke describes the event as being “a general enrichment discussion” led by journalist Peter Adams, on the issue of news literacy through print news, images, statistics, and more. It will also cover the concept of “fake news” and the growing controversy of the reliability of news sources.
The following day, about four courses will be turned into workshops for the day by “taking in these concepts of news literacy and putting them into practice with the help of Peter Adams” says Ms. Clarke. The classes that will be participating in this include a statistic class, comparative government class, contemporary global issues class, and the journalism class. “We wanted to not only introduce this concept theoretically through a lecture but pragmatically through hands-on workshops,” says Ms. Clarke.
The hope of the enrichment program is to not only learn about the issue of “fake news” and the reliability of sources, but it is to also spark conversations and discussions about this prevently topic and trend from the greater society into our community at Bullis. It is recognized, however, that these discussions and conversations will include students of a wide range of ideas and beliefs that may ignite prevailing ideas, but through meaningful and productive conversations and exchanges of ideas, we could learn from each other as a community.