A Public Service Media Blueprint
to Empower Diverse Learners
Inspired by public service media like National Public Radio, Futures Public Radio (FPR) is a student-led, community journalism platform at the International School of Beijing.
Starting with case studies of two EAL and Learning Support students, workshop participants will actively engage with tools and resources in order to experience and develop a rich school community radio program, immediately applicable at classroom, divisional, or whole school levels.
Educators will link the FPR program to disciplinary standards, EAL rubrics, and media literacy skills while celebrating storytelling, community, and citizenship.
Case Study 1:
JUDY P, EAL Student
Judy, a recent EAL intermediate-level arrival, found her voice by embracing her role as the humanities class, town hall facilitator for the campus radio station and later became president of the HS Chapter of Futures Public Radio. She has since interviewed Brooklyn musicians Overcoats and continues to work on campus stories centered on issues such as transitions from MS to HS, as well as stories on the wellness components of the school cafeteria.
CASE STUDY 2:
EVan l, Learning Support student
Evan was a student with identified challenges with oral and written expression. He would often times spend a considerable amount of time searching for words which left him unable to respond to questions or to participate in class discussions. Although he was a great kid, his academic self concept was low because he was quiet and afraid to speak out in front of others. Evan’s experience with FPR helped to strengthen his processing, develop his word finding skills, developing his spoken confidence, improved his turn around and response time and allowed to shift from being a behind the scenes leader to speaker and leader in Futures Public Radio. These skills transferred over into his academic content classes, and even MAP scores, and now he is a confident, integral member of our classes both academically and socially.
"The World's Friendliest Reporter"
Futures Public Radio
Futures Public Radio:
THE Global COLLABoration
FPR: WE EMPOWER ALL LEARNERS, WE MAKE MOMENTS
Occupy Middle school Global Citizenship
& Futures Public Radio Hands-On Workshop
Suntec convention center, Level 3, Room 300
IGNITE CURIOSITY, TELL A STORY, MAKE A MOMENT:
Futures Public Radio WORKSHOP
The FPR Story Process begins in one of three ways:
Via a student-driven inquiry questio
Through an interest in a person
From curiosity about a community or news event
Below, the MS Student Council Smile Week event prompted an FPR team to visit the orphanage and tell the story behind the amazing people involved with helping the babies.