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Why Media Literacy Matters

Why is media literacy a fundamental citizenship skill? How can a coalition of people help depolarize Rhode Island?

Courageous RI. Funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, the effort includes three distinct phases that will foster community conversation, provide training and education, and engage youth, helping participants to ask the right questions and empowering them to be more informed.

In this Courageous Conversations program, you'll learn practical strategies for critically analyzing media messages that shape public opinion about education in Rhode Island. We consider the power of media literacy as a civic skill and examine how people of all ages can learn to spot disinformation and hoaxes. 

​DATE: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

TIME: 12 - 1 PM EST or 7 - 8 PM. NOTE: Courageous Conversations are offered at two different times to accommodate people's busy schedules. Choose the time that works for you! 

LOCATION: Free online. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Click here to register. 

Courageous Conversations are lively facilitated discussions where we activate critical thinking, listening, and self-expression skills by talking about social media, news stories, memes, social influencers, and more. We are thrilled to be partnering with Cortico, a social media listening platform that brings people together for small-group conversations around their lived experiences. Through a powerful combination of AI and human listening, we aim to surface community voices into public dialogue that showcases and strengthens media literacy competencies essential for citizenship. 

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Celebrate Civic Learning Week in Rhode Island

Courageous RI is thrilled to co-sponsor Rhode Island Civic Learning Week which seeks to highlight the importance of civic education in sustaining and strengthening constitutional democracy in the United States. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in Civic Learning Week events, including students, teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents, and the general public. Learn more here. Our partners include the Rhode Island Civic Learning Coalition in partnership with Generation CitizenRIDE, the RI Department of StateUnited Way RIURI’s Media Education Lab, as well as teachers and students from across Rhode Island.