High School teacher Rachel Murat, and senior Jackson McCauley, participated in the 2021 NETA Conference, a national public media event dedicated to providing public media professionals with meaningful and relevant connections. The event was held in January.
Local public television station WSKG invited Mrs. Murat and Jackson, along with representatives from the Windsor Central School District, to participate in conjunction with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. Student Reporting Lab aims to elevate student voice and share teaching perspectives on Election 2020 with other professionals in public media, so that stations can learn from their experiences. The WSKG group presented during the conference breakout session, “Helping the Next Generation Find Their Voice Through Public Media.” It was held live through Zoom and open to all of the conference’s 2000 attendees.
This fall, Mrs. Murat’s students participated in the “Youth Media Challenge: Let’s Talk About Election 2020,” as part of their curriculum in AP Government class. WSKG provided feedback along the way and ultimately published student work on the station’s media platforms.
At the conference, Mrs. Murat shared why she chose to bring the opportunity for authentic, project-based learning to her students, and Jackson spoke about his project topic, “The Prison Industrial Complex,” which focused on prison reform.