JEA Curriculum Initative summit first preview of content

JEA Curriculum Initative summit first preview of content

Casandra Workman, Co-President

The JEA curriculum leaders met in Chicago on December 7, 2013 to present their Curriculum Initiative rough drafts, share feedback, and collaborate with each other on similar content.

JEAís newest, and most ambitious, initiative involves bringing together experts from across the nation to write curriculum in 14 areas of focus: design, editing, entrepreneurship, law and ethics, leadership and team building, multimedia broadcast, news gathering, news literacy, photojournalism, web, writing basics, feature writing, news writing, and opinion writing.

Members came away from the summit feeling rejuvenated and optimistic, not to mention highly impressed with each other’s contributions to the task. The curriculum developed by the summit deadline contains detailed lessons, in-depth content, quality scholastic samples, and assessments to provide both novice and master journalism advisers with excellent resources to build or improve their programs.

The leaders came away from the summit energized and ready to complete the final steps of the curriculum, in time to roll out at the JEA/NSPA Spring Convention taking place April in San Diego. The leaders met new contemporaries who quickly became fast friends. The ties formed between the master minds of the summit extended beyond the weekend, and many will last for years as these talented advisers continue to work in the future.

But the weekend was not all work and no play for the curriculum leaders. Casandra Workman, the design leader, remained in Chicago for a few additional days to attend the Monday Night Football game on Dec 9, as the Bears hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Cowboys 45-28 in near freezing temperatures. Bears fans also watched as the NFL retired the jersey of Bears legend, Mike Ditka. Sitting in the windy, arctic-like temperatures of Chicago was well worth watching the game in person and cheering on the Bears as they handed the Cowboys a resounding defeat. The halftime ceremony honoring Ditka as the franchise retired his jersey only added to the experience. Overall, both the work done during the summit, and the fantastic experience at the game were exceptional and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


About Matthew LaPorte

Matthew LaPorte is the current adviser of the Southwest Shadow online news site and The Howl yearbook at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. He is also the co-President of SNSJ. One of his goals as a founding member of SNSJ is to help create a network of students and advisers who can share their expertise and share the benefits of participating in scholastic journalism in Southern Nevada. When he is not working, Matt enjoys heading off to The Pearl or to The Joint to relive his teenage years rocking out.