Join us at live online workshops and in-person events for K-12 educators who want to meaningfully engage their students with media literacy through media making and youth voice.

Upcoming Schedule

View our conference calendar for more KQED education event opportunities.

If You Really Knew Me: Identity, Belonging & Multimedia Storytelling (with Facing History)
July 24, 10am-12pm PDT

Online workshop; for grades 6-12 educators (Free)

Developing an understanding of their own identity deepens young peoples’ relationships with each other, breaks down stereotypes, and nurtures a sense of community and belonging. How can educators support young people to share a powerful message, memory, story, value or life lesson about themselves or their community? In this 2-hour interactive online workshop, participants will explore Facing History’s classroom-ready materials and jump into project planning and media creation related to KQED’s First Person Photo Essay Youth Media Challenge project. We also talk about how middle and high school students can publish their work on KQED’s Youth Media Showcase and share their voice beyond the classroom.

"I love the hands on aspect of all the KQED workshops. Thank you for giving us time to create model texts for our students."

- High school educator

Educator Media Making Day

Empower Student Voice for Election 2024

July 27, 9am-4pm PDT

In-person event; for grade 6-12 educators ($5-20)

Middle and high school teachers: Put your students’ voices at the center of the 2024 election! 

Join KQED on July 27, 2024 to create media in community with fellow educators. At this day-long event, we will support you in bringing Call for Change--a Youth Media Challenge project--to your classroom that helps students share their voices about the election issues and topics that matter to them. All levels of media production experience are welcome! Collaborating with other educators, you’ll work from idea to implementation and start creating your own media model to share with students, including the opportunity to record in KQED’s state-of-the-art radio studios!

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Fact-Check Like a Pro in the Age of AI
July 31, 4-5pm PDT

Online workshop; for grade 3-12 educators (Free)

Artificial intelligence, the 2024 election, social media–oh my! Support students to develop healthy skepticism without turning into cynics as they gain vital online research and reasoning skills. In this continuously updated interactive workshop for upper elementary through high school educators, you’ll learn how professional fact checkers avoid falling for misinformation whether it’s generated by humans or AI. You’ll practice identifying and evaluating credible sources using a variety of methods, and then put what you’ve learned to the test with our favorite game: Share or Beware! You’ll leave with ideas, teaching tips and ready-to-use resources to help students check facts and fight misinformation this election season.

Build Classroom Community with Multimedia Personal Narratives
August 7, 4-6pm PDT

Online workshop; for grade K-12 educators (Free)

Start the year getting to know your students with a multimedia personal narrative project that invites them to bring their whole selves into your classroom. Media making strengthens writing, speaking, listening and language fluency, in addition to boosting confidence and centering student voice. In this 2-hour interactive workshop, we’ll explore the creative possibilities of short films, audio essays or photo essays, then jump into media creation and project planning so you’re ready on Day One. Come away with ideas, inspiration and ready-to-use modifiable curriculum resources in English and Spanish. Educators in every grade level will find something to take away, and if you teach middle and high school students, we’ll tell you how students can share their work beyond the classroom on KQED’s Youth Media Showcase.

"This was truly enjoyable and informative. Love attending a session where you leave with something you can implement directly in your classroom."

- Elementary school educator

Empower Youth Voice and Civic Engagement for Election 2024 (with the National Writing Project)
August 14, 4-6pm PDT

Online workshop; for grade 6-12 educators (Free)

Student voice matters in 2024. KQED’s Call for Change Youth Media Challenge is a ready-to-use project from public media focused on issues that matter to students, not parties or candidates. In this 2-hour interactive workshop for grade 6-12 educators, join the National Writing Project and KQED to unpack the genre of civic commentary, which combines both personal experience and research-based evidence. Then start your own audio commentary to use as a model with students. You’ll leave with ideas, inspiration, modifiable resources in English and Spanish, and access to web-based creation tools. Give your students the mic and let their voices be heard on issues that matter to them! 

Amplify Student Civic Voice with Video Commentary (with WeVideo)
August 27, 4-6pm PDT

Online workshop; for grade 6-12 educators (Free)

Help students share their civic voice ahead of the 2024 Election with KQED and WeVideo. KQED’s Call for Change–a Youth Media Challenge project–invites students to choose any issue that matters to them and create a video commentary using their own experience and research-based evidence to share their views. In this two-hour, interactive workshop for middle and high school teachers, we’ll explore ready-to-use curriculum and media-making resources, jump into video pre-production, and start a video commentary to use as a model with students. You’ll leave with everything you need to do KQED’s Call for Change Youth Media Challenge in the next school year.

"I'm just so appreciative. This was a wonderful surprise. [This time] felt like a gift. There are still talented, creative, fun people in the world who are dedicated to improving education for our students. Thanks for refreshing my soul!" - High school educator

Making Media, Making Change: Support Student Voice for the 2024 Election
September 7, 9am-3pm PDT

In-person workshop; for grade 6-12 educators (Free)

Empower students to share their voice about issues that matter to them ahead of the 2024 election, with support from KQED, the Bay Area Writing Project, and UC Berkeley History Social Science Project. We get it. Teaching the election can feel precarious. This in-person workshop for middle and high school teachers across subject areas will focus on the genre of civic commentary, which asks students to draw from their life experience along with research-based evidence to craft an argument about an issue they care about. We’ll also explore KQED's Call for Change Youth Media Challenge, which invites students to create a multimedia commentary and publish on the Youth Media Showcase —reaching an audience beyond the classroom. Join us to create your own audio commentary to use as a model for this project–and perhaps a submission to KQED’s Perspectives listener commentary series. Create in community with fellow educators and get support, curriculum resources and fresh ideas to tackle this election season. All levels of experience are welcome. All you need is a laptop and headphones. Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided. Register today and spread the word! Attendance is limited.

Teaching about Current Events and Navigating the Media Landscape (with Facing History)
September 12, 4-6pm PDT

Online workshop; for grade 6-12 educators (Free)

We live in a time when it can be difficult to identify reliable news sources. Misinformation and disinformation clouds our information landscape, especially around a national election. This session with KQED and Facing History prepares educators and students to take stock of their media choices, explore media bias, explore tools for differentiating fact from opinion, and think about what healthy news habits they want to adopt.

This session is part of a 6-part series, Democracy in Action: Teaching about the 2024 Election & Educating for Civic Participation, hosted by Facing History & Ourselves. Participants can choose to join all the sessions or individual sessions.

Youth Voice as Civic Action (with Facing History)
September 19, 4-6pm PDT

Online workshop; for grade 6-12 educators (Free)

How can young people see themselves as an active part of civic society? Join KQED and Facing History for an interactive online workshop exploring the pivotal role of young people in civic engagement during an election season and beyond. Educators will explore classroom ready resources, activities and tools designed to help students harness the power of civic action, and audio storytelling to share their stories and viewpoints on a range of issues with their peers and wider community.

This session is part of a 6-part series, Democracy in Action: Teaching about the 2024 Election & Educating for Civic Participation, hosted by Facing History & Ourselves. Participants can choose to join all the sessions or individual sessions.

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About KQED

KQED is a nonprofit, public media station and NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco that offers award-winning education resources and services free to educators nationwide. KQED Teach is a collection of professional development courses that empower educators to teach media literacy, make media for the classroom and lead media-making projects with students in K-12.