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Ninth-graders at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago present a completed timeline that compares events in the Middle East to highly publicized news stories in the U.S. over the course of the nearly two decades explored in Scott Anderson's "Fractured Lands." Students in World Studies classes at Whitney Young spent eight weeks processing Anderson's story through discussion and close-reading. Image by Anne-Michele Boyle. Chicago, 2016.

The Pulitzer Center is an award-winning, non-profit news organization that partners with journalists and newsrooms to support in-depth reporting on critical global issues to educate the public, promote solutions, and improve lives. Our education resources and programs aim to increase students’ global competency, critical thinking and communication skills, while also inspiring participants to become active consumers and producers of information.

Click here for education resources developed by our education staff and educator partners to guide students’ engagement with The 1619 Project. Read on to see how our team can support connecting news on a variety of global and national issues to your students.

In addition to the free offerings included below, our education team works directly with schools and school districts to facilitate in-person presentations by Pulitzer Center journalists and custom workshops for students and teachers. To learn more and begin receiving free curricular resources, sign up for the Pulitzer Center’s weekly education newsletter.

Free Global Journalism

Search thousands of print, video, photo, and digital stories published in 150 media outlets including The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, The New Yorker, NPR, Time Magazine, and National Geographic. Reporting can be filtered by media, region, and issues such as population and migration, drug wars, global health, climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, religion and power, and more.

Lesson Plans and Educational Resources

Search hundreds of standards-aligned lesson plans that use global reporting to teach writing, text analysis, debate, world history, science, photography, visual art, research, and digital storytelling. Lessons can be filtered by grade level, media, subject area, and global issue.

Skype with a Journalist

Schedule a presentation by a Pulitzer Center journalist in-person or over video conference for a behind-the-scenes look at global reporting. Journalism workshops for students and professional development for teachers can also be facilitated over Skype. Contact education@pulitzercenter.org for more information.

Annual Writing Contests for Students

Local Letters for Global Change [Fall]
In the fall, students are invited to enter letters into a contest that examines how global issues connect to students’ local communities. First, students explore Pulitzer Center-supported global reporting to identify an issue that they think their community should know about. Then, they are tasked with writing letters to a government official that outline the global issue, why they think the issue matters to their local communities, and what action(s) they want the official to take to address the issues. Click here for more information about the 2019 Local Letters for Global Change Contest. [Deadline: Friday, November 15]

Fighting Words: Poetry in Response to Current Events [Spring]
In the spring, students are invited to submit original poems to a contest that examines how global reporting can act as an anchor for connection, communication and discovery. First, students explore Pulitzer Center-supported global reporting to identify a story that interests and engages them. Then, students write a poem of any form and length that includes lines from the story. Click here for a workshop introducing the contest. [Deadline: TBD]

Please email education@pulitzercenter.org with any additional feedback, ideas, or questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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