Courageous RI Professional Development Program

Under the auspices of the Courageous Rhode Island program, the Media Education Lab offers a fully-online professional development program for middle school, high school, and college educators from any field or discipline. This program is led by Renee Hobbs (University of Rhode Island) and colleagues. Be part of a supportive online professional learning community that helps students build media literacy and active listening competencies as they examine the growing problem of violent extremism and discover strategies to reduce the fear and hate that lead to violence.

Indicate Your Interest. Click here to apply for the program. 

We will enroll 50 middle school, high school, or college educators to participate in a 10-hour online PD program (consisting of 6 one-hour online programs plus independent reading, viewing and other work. Admission to this program is competitive. All are invited to apply. Rhode Island educators will be given highest priority. Participants will be notified on a rolling basis when they are accepted into the program. 

Fall 2023 Program Dates

  • Tuesday, September 26

  • Tuesday, October 10

  • Tuesday, October 24

  • Tuesday, November 7

  • Tuesday, November 21

  • Tuesday, December 5

Time: We'll schedule this program at a time that's convenient to participants. This fully-online program happens on Zoom.


Participants will receive a $500 stipend and will be expected to implement at least 1 learning activity with their students. Ten CEU hours will be issued to those who complete the program. They will be formally recognized at a culminating event in fall 2024.