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JLI’s co-founders, Ed Madison and Esther Wojcicki, are experts in Journalistic Learning –  a systemic approach infused with journalistic strategies that empower students of all socioeconomic backgrounds to discover their voice, improve academic outcomes, and engage in self-directed learning through project-based storytelling. Learn more about the practical applications of their research in these books.

Learn more with these books by JLI Co-founders

Language Arts in Action is a thoughtful guide for middle and high school educators wanting to reengage their classes with more active, student-centered instruction. Here, teachers will find tools rooted in Journalistic Learning: a model that uses project-based storytelling to develop critical communication skills. By allowing young people to research, write, and publish articles aligned with their interests, educators can transform language arts, especially for students who feel their experiences and concerns are missing from traditional instruction.

In the world of journalism, news stories cover recent events while feature stories typically focus on people, society, and culture. This free Feature Writing Resource Bundle, informed by the successful work of retired, longtime Palo Alto High School journalism teacher and JLI founder Esther Wojcicki, contains definitions, exercises, and writing tips designed to help 9th-12th-grade students develop a feature story from start to finish.

In this book, Ed Madison—journalist, producer/director, and innovative educator—provides specific strategies to help teachers use Journalistic Learning to achieve positive outcomes that engage students in new ways. Journalistic Learning is a teaching approach that borrows techniques from the journalism profession to better instruct students in research, reading, and writing in language arts and social sciences classes. Drawing from extensive fieldwork at schools across the United States, Madison demonstrates how this approach is uniquely aligned with Common Core State Standards that call for more emphasis on nonfiction texts and media literacy skills. Centered on research and writing projects that will yield publishable student writing, chapters demonstrate how this approach works across contexts and benefits a broad range of students from diverse backgrounds. The text also explores new and affordable approaches to teacher training.

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