Northport HS Teacher wins Schurz Press Freedom Teachers Award

NORTHPORT, NY – Janis Schachter, a social science teacher at Northport High School, has been recognized around the world for her work in media education, according to the school district. She won the Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award at the silver level from Global Youth & News Media.

Schachter was told of her victory during a surprise Zoom meeting with social studies president Sean Hurley and fellow social studies and law professor David Scott. An international jury of 19 experts in journalism, media education and press freedom chose three winners for the new Schurz Prize for Press Freedom Teachers, with Schachter being the silver level winner.

“Janis ably helps her students develop critical media literacy skills that they can take with them throughout their lives and at the same time, through her work using the resources of the Privacy Committee. journalists, avoids the common pitfall of also creating hostility towards journalism, ”shared the jury that selected her.

Dr Aralynn Abare McMane, director of Global Youth & News Media, said the panel wanted to make a point of recognizing those on the front lines of education.

“Too often and in too many countries, teaching information and media literacy misses the part about the need for journalism and the high personal price some pay to do this work,” McMane said.

Hurley said Schachter is “incredibly gifted” and a “dedicated educator” who encourages students to seek information and then develop informed opinions based on factual information from reliable sources.

“Not only does it foster an environment of inclusiveness and self-expression, but it ensures that our students have the information literacy basics necessary to be productive citizens in the modern world,” said Hurley .

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